A Direct Update From the Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock

The Oceti Sakowin Camp has been flooded with emails for months. Here are some key updates addressed in an email I received from them today.

At this point they’re only really requesting monetary donations and FIREWOOD. Firewood is a priority since it’s not easy to find and transport in the northern plains. If you can find any way to help them receive deliveries of firewood from surrounding areas, please do. Try reaching out to independent firewood dealers on Craigslist. Some of them may deliver.

There are a few other specific supplies they can still use this winter at the camp:

  • Stoves
  • Wind turbines
  • Solar panels
  • Batteries
  • Arctic gear

Please donate only exactly what they request since they don’t have enough people to sort and handle miscellaneous donations. They specifically said they DO NOT need any more clothing donations.

Send donations to :
Oceti Sakowin Camp
P.O. Box 298
Cannon Ball, ND 58528

Or donate money to: http://www.paypal.me/ocetisakowincamp

Some words from the camp:

Standing Rock Reservation, Oceti Sakowin Camp. North Dakota—Our first concern is safety. We ask all who can and want to leave, to return home. We are especially concerned for elders, families with children, those with health concerns, and/or pets that aren’t acclimated. For those who can stay—and are prepared for arctic conditions—please do, we need people here. The Lakota/Nakota/Dakota people of The Great Sioux Nation have survived in these conditions for thousands of years. If Ally Protectors cooperate with the ancient wisdom and ways of these lands, we will fare well. This movement is unlike any other—it is prayerful as well as peaceful—the consciousness we have raised here continues to resonate across the world.

Secondly we ask this of you in order to conserve resources. Bringing in wood, and other essential life-supporting goods, is now much more complicated. For those who want to come, be prepared for arctic conditions, we can’t stress this enough. Be ready to contribute to the survival and safety of the camp in a significant way daily, be abundant in spirit and ready to share. Bring wood, plan to work. We need cooks, medics, builders/repair-persons, people dedicated to the survival of the community, for the coming storms. Bring weather-ready vehicles, 4×4 trucks and trailers, snow-ready vehicles.

Oceti Sakowin remains determined—to protect our land. We have been given the obligation to do so in the treaty of 1851—we were specifically asked to protect this river. This is the way of the Standing Rock people, the Lakota people, the Hunkpapa people. All of the seven tribes of The Great Sioux Nation have gathered here again in an historic way—once as former enemies, we now stand together as brothers and sisters.

We are not protestors.

We are not terrorists.

We are not rioters.

We are in fact, Protectors.

Pilamaya
With sincere thanks,

The Oceti Sakowin Camp Community

Mni Wiconi!

Photo by @mdominic via Instagram

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