By Brenda Norrell
Photo by Sarah Sunshine Manning
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe voted unanimously on Friday, Jan. 20, for everyone in the camps to leave. It voted in support of Cannonball District's resolution and cancelled plans for a new winter camp. The tribe's resolution to close the camps applies to all camps -- Oceti Sakowin, Rosebud and Sacred Stones Camp.
Three days earlier, on Jan. 17, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said it planned to bulldoze the camps located on the flood plain on Jan. 30. Many water protectors say that is not sufficient time to relocate to higher ground, and there is no need to abolish the camps this early in the season.
Although the tribe had promised land on higher ground for the camps, the tribe said Friday it has cancelled its commitment for a new camp.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said in a written statement on Jan. 17:
"Today, representatives from the various camps and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe met at length to develop a plan for relocating from the camps in danger of flooding. The tribe is preparing the new site by clearing it of snow, and the plan is to open it up on Friday, January 20th. Tribal and camp leadership are asking that everyone remaining in the flood plain camps remove themselves and their belongings to the new site by January 29th."
"On Monday, January 30th, the tribe will be sending in equipment to the flood plain camps to remove and dispose of remaining waste and materials in preparation for early flooding. The tribe and camp are working in cooperation to take advantage of this brief respite in extremely severe weather to take precautions to keep the remaining water protectors safe and prevent camp materials from entering the river. We appreciate everyone's cooperation."
Jan. 17, 2017
Jan. 17, 2017
On Jan. 5, 2017, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council discussed closing the camps, due to the flood plain. Responding to the council are Chase Iron Eyes, Paula Antoine and LaDonna Allard. Watch video https://m.facebook.com/story.
In December, the tribe voted to reallocate $3.2 million which had been donated for the water protectors in the camps, to pay off debts and for the tribe's own use.