Communicating from the Front Lines | Sacred Places

Although Standing Rock resistance camp ended, the Elders have called on us all to spread the spirit of Standing Rock to Standing Rocks and resistance camps of frontline communities that have emerged to fight fossil fuel extraction to protect mni wiconi their water while advocating to end the fossil fuel era. 

It is our organizational goal to share communication skills honed at the largest camp of Standing Rock, directly from a key member of the Oceti Sakowin Camp media team, in order to develop communications hubs in key areas, drawing connections between whatʻs happening in oppressed communities to continue building awareness overall. We hope to empower and enable oppressed communities to record and share what is happening in their homelands to effectively create social change and continue awakening the world. We will do this by offering integral learning sessions on effective photography, videography and maintaining a communications strategy in slow times, and high pressure situations.

There have been efforts devoted to teaching indigenous youth media skills. However, without a camera
available the skills go unused. Without a computer capable of editing content collected footage may go
unused. Without the trust of elders, youth may be discouraged to lead and not included in policy

Effective communication is one way to address this, dividing the process into phases.

Phase 1. Skill-share and develop a scaleable system, providing essential tools for regional points of
defense, to hold the communication front-line. Develop a network and strategic pattern of narration,
demonstrating resonate success, and building intergenerational and cross-cultural trust. We will start with
basic effective photography, videography and editing.

Phase 2. Build resonance with the content and conversations that are coming from sovereign nations.
Foster intergenerational dialog. Help the youth format information in a way that independent and
corporate media will pick up, quote and share. Encourage sovereigns to get selected footage from
independent media who visit them, before they leave the area, so that sovereigns are immediately able to
tell their own story in their own way, communicating with visuals and video that the outer-world responds
to. By crediting the original artists, this will foster further partnership.

Phase 3. Cultivate outer-world support. Encourage influencers who will share these messages, carrying
this truly sovereign movement into the sphere of general social understanding.

The job of effective communication is a big one. We anticipate these first youth learning these methods
will delegate and seek support from others. Our goal is to leave the gear needed for the job with
designated community centers. In this way other youth can share in the workload and skills
development. Those we are working with are part of the International Indigenous Youth Council, and
other influential community groups. As their methods adapt they will be able to strengthen
communications within these other groups, letting the integral-learning ripple out to other leading voices
in this movement to honor the rights of the Earth.

Together we will network the pipeline resistance camps starting with:

Pilgrim Pipeline, Split Rock Sweet water Prayer Camp

Less than 50 miles from New York City, Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp was born October 2016 in solidarity with Standing Rock to educate people about the threatening Pilgrim pipeline that would carry 200,000 barrels of fracked North Dakota Bakken shale crude daily. The Pilgrim Pipeline would pass through the Ramapough river basin aquifer system and over two aqueducts that supply New York City, the Catskill Aqueduct and the Delaware Aqueduct, and through the sacred Ramapough Mountains.

For the Split Rock Sweet Water Prayer Camp, we are in the early stage of developing the camp website, which will provide a home for reference, and informative point of contact where people can learn about the camp, and how to support them.

Keystone XL Pipeline

Crow Creek Rider, part of a line leading the march to #BootKXL - MK

Crow Creek Rider, part of a line leading the march to #BootKXL - MK

The Seeding Sovereignty organization is committed to stop this pipeline and have signed a collective opposition letter to H.R. 2883, the "Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act" bill.

On behalf of the undersigned organizations and our millions of members and supporters across the country, we write today to express our strong opposition to H.R. 2883, the “Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act.” This bill represents a fourth irresponsible attempt to pass the previously titled “North American Energy Infrastructure Act” in as many years. For the reasons below, we are opposed to the passage of this legislation and its attempt to ram through permits for new cross-border oil and gas pipelines and electric transmission lines without meaningful environmental review or public participation. 

dapl, little creek camp, iowa

Little Creek Camp - by MK

Little Creek Camp - by MK

Little Creek Camp is a sustainable community rooted in Indigenous thought and practice. lndigeneity nurtures progressive thought and creates local and global change. We are a think tank dedicated to the decolonization of society and the land. It is a hub for all organizations and individuals who want to modify systems of governance and create a new economy—an economy for the people that is built on empathy, renewables, and a sustainable way of life.

Little Creek is continuing the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline in Iowa by campaigning locally and educating the public about the court case of landowners/Sierra Club vs. Iowa Utilities Board. The goal is to inform Iowans about the many levels of corruption surrounding the construction of DAPL in this state and empower them to voice their opinion to the Iowa Supreme Court.

For Little Creek we have worked to develop a website forming the basis of a communications hub.

MK incorporated the goals of Little Creek Camp members, the aims and vision of the camp, into an informative graphic to help present everything in a very clear way.

Please click the image to find out more.