|Tlingit Haida from Southeast Alaska|
|Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault, Chief Arvol Looking Horse and Faith Spotted Eagle|
|Tlingit-Haida canoe asking permission to come ashore|
Photos copyright Professor Zoltan Grossman,
Evergreen College, Olympia, Washington
Paddle to Standing Rock
Sept. 8 and 9, 2016
By Zoltan Grossman
CANNON BALL, North Dakota -- The Pacific Northwest came to the Northern Plains today, when canoes from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Minnesota, and Alaska landed at the Camp of the Sacred Stones. They had come for two days down the Missouri River from Bismarck, and arrived at the Cannonball River on the northern boundary of the Standing Rock Reservation.
It was a powerful show of solidarity from tribes that have also been opposing Bakken oil trains, and highlighted that "Water is Life" from the Pacific Ocean to the Missouri River. 18 canoes participated, including Nisqually, Puyallup, Quinault, Chehalis/Colville, Kalispel, Warm Springs, Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai, and Tlingit-Haida.
We're headed home now after three days supporting the historic stand of the Oceti Sakowin at Standing Rock. The wars of 1868, 1876, 1890, and 1973 never ended, and are continuing in a different, nonviolent form. Whatever the upcoming federal court decisions or elections, or whether police or National Guard control the checkpoint to the reservation, the struggle will continue. #NoDAPL#SacredStoneCamp
|Camp of Sacred Stones|
|Sturgeon nose canoes|
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