Our Purpose

 

We are a multigenerational, youth-led model by and for indigenous and non-indigenous women based on mentoring relationships and principles of unity, solidarity, justice, sharing, and respect.

Seeding Sovereignty honors the fact that Indigenous sovereignty prioritizes the rights of the Earth, of Plants, Animals and coming generations, and views their role as sovereign people as protectors of all those who cannot speak, of their communities, honoring the life force that moves through everything.

Dominant recorded history (and current dictionary definitions) of sovereignty view life as a hierarchy of service and social cast. It views Mother Earth, her children, the animals and plants as resources to be used to reenforce a system of power and dominion, focused on individuals.

Her Eyes in the Skies

Female drone pilot program

Fossil fuel pipelines are pipelines to many forms of oppression and injustice. We are launching a program for young women to train as drone pilots and a multimedia platform to use their sovereign voices to make connections between generations, issues, and communities. 

 

Connecting Front-Line Communities

The spirit of the Standing Rock is being shared in frontline communities that have emerged to fight fossil fuel extraction to protect mni wiconi, the water. 


From- the- Field Updates

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August 20th Report

Enough was raised for the outdoor basketball court in Wakpala! They are still $8,000 short of having a playground and basketball court for younger kids. The plan is to include picnic tables and create a place where families can comfortably gather, knowing the activity spaces are built so kids can play safely.

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August 20th, 2017

 Seeding Sovereignty was born at Standing Rock and continues to carry the prayer, intention and fire within our hearts as we were asked to do in the closing ceremony of the Oceti Sakowin Fire, January 2016.

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August 6th, 2017

Christine Nobiss Marched to #BootKXL in Lincoln, NE
Note from that day: Art Tanderup a Nebraska farmer on the KXL route spoke Sunday August 6th to a large crowd of hundreds. "The jobs are in clean and energy. The fossil fuel industry is dead!" 

Holding Ponca Nation corn he said they've been planting it right in the path of the pipeline. "It's been labeled the seeds of resistance." In the face of a unified threat we are coming together in some vital and powerful ways. -MK #resist KXL

Crow Creek Rider photo:  MK Johnson  

 

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August 2nd, 2017

Christine interviewed 3rd generation farmer Steve Hickenbottom on his farm in Iowa who had 8 acres taken from him by DAPL through eminent domain. They discussed how this has happened for generations with Indigenous people, and how deeply traumatic that is.


Field Guide

As part of our purpose we are offering this Photo Basics Field Guide free of charge for use by those in camps and front-line communities facing the direct threat of extractive industries. This is part of our collective effort to provide narrative tools to the shared common space and empower bio-regional defenders. 

#MniWiconi!!


Christine Nobiss   |   Lauren TwoBraids Howland   |   Andreanne Catt

Amplifying Voices

The Seeding Sovereignty Project born at Standing Rock, and empowered indigenous youth descendants of the original Treaty of Peace to lead the environmental stewardship of Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth) and to plant the seeds of indigenous wisdom in the greater western environmental movement at a time of climate crisis.  We have worked with Oceti Sakowin youth leaders who inspired the Standing Rock resistance camp; working to bridge the gap between youth and tribal elders so that indigenous knowledge is not lost. We work in coalition with indigenous with non-indigenous peoples to pool our strengths to build a movement based on centuries of traditional native knowledge and modern day environmental protection. 

During critical moments of the Standing Rock Movement, the messages of the camp were carried by representatives of the Youth Runners and International Indigenous Youth Council to millions of people. We are moving into a time this country has never seen before, and it affects all of us. Our government is being systematically retooled to promote racial division and violence. Our freedom of speech, and our right  to peacefully assemble to oppose this corruption is being suppressed.  Hard-won environmental protections were some of the first things to fall under attack within a week of this new administration coming into office in Washington D.C. It is more critical then ever to come together and stand up in a good way against greed, hate, and the continuation of genocide. 

"Water is Life, Water is Sacred"

Standing Rock's Bobbi Jean Three Legs Speaks Out Against Trump

From Keystone XL Pipeline to #DAPL

Jasilyn Charger, Water Protector from Cheyenne River Reservation

Rolling Stone

Fiona Apple, TV on the Radio Top Standing Rock Benefit Concert

Pitchfork

Fiona Apple, TV on the Radio, Sky Ferreira, More to Play Standing Rock Benefit

Music Connection

GOLDENVOICE ANNOUNCES WE ROCK WITH STANDING ROCK BENEFIT IN L.A.

Billboard

TV on the Radio, Sky Ferreira, Fiona Apple & More to Play 'We Rock With Standing Rock' Benefit Concert