The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) or Bakken pipeline is a 1,172-mile-long (1,886 km) underground oil pipeline in the United States. The pipeline was completed by April 2017 and its first oil was delivered on May 14, 2017. The pipeline became commercially operational on June 1, 2017.
The Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation straddles North and South Dakota and encompasses all of Sioux County in North and all of Corson County, and small parcels in Ziebach and Perkins Counties in South Dakota.
HISTORY: The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is part of the Great Sioux Nation with the Hunkpapa and Blackfeet bands. The Great Sioux Nation retains land base in accordance with the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851. The Great Sioux Nation extended from the Big Horn Mountains in the west to the east side of Missouri River.
As protesters and police continue to clash in North Dakota over a $3.7bn oil pipeline, the artist Cannupa Hanska Luger plans this week to distribute mirrored shields he created, to inspire the demonstrators to “hold ground and not panic”.
This 3,456-kilometre-long (2,147 mi) pipeline runs from Hardisty, Alberta, to the junction at Steele City, Nebraska, and on to the Wood River Refinery in Roxana, Illinois, and Patoka Oil Terminal Hub (tank farm) north of Patoka, Illinois.
Today, the Sioux maintain many separate tribal governments scattered across several reservations, communities, and reserves in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Montana in the United States; and Manitoba, southern Saskatchewan, and Alberta in Canada.
Sitting Bull Visitor Center Information You are invited to travel through Standing Rock – we will ensure an exciting journey and a better understanding of our culture. The Standing Rock Reservation consists of 2.3 million acres across both North Dakota and South Dakota, enveloped in rolling hills and natural prairie.
Seattle Stands with Standing Rock! – peaceful march and rally held in Seattle in September 2016. Indigenous drummers, activists from a number of Nations, and diverse supporters march in solidarity.
Broken Rock Reservation is an Indian Reservation located near Bozeman, Montana and Yellowstone Dutton Ranch. Their High Chief is Thomas Rainwater, a wealthy casino mogul with a vision to expand the reservation and take Dutton’s land by any means.
Today, the majority of the Lakota live at the 2,782 square mile Pine Ridge Reservation in southwestern South Dakota. The Dakota Sioux, also called the Santee Sioux, originally migrated northeast into Ohio and Minnesota.
The Mirror Shield Project was initiated for and at the Oceti Sakowin protest camp near Standing Rock, ND in 2016. On Luger’s website its intent is explained: “This project was inspired by images of women holding mirrors up to riot police in the Ukraine, so that the police could see themselves.