Women Are Sacred: The Crucial Roles Women Are Playing At Standing Rock Fighting ILLEGAL Pipeline

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Leading the helm on the global indigenous spiritual movement, are women representing various nations and tribes. Women were the ones to lead the way at Standing Rock, protecting the waters of North Dakota by establishing Sacred Stones Camp back in April in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and which has grown exponentially since.

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As written on White Wolf Pack:

Sacred Stones Camp was begun by women, as a prayer.” – Elders & leaders of Sacred Stones Camp

A group of Lakota Sioux women from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, including La Donna Bravebull Allard, established the Sacred Stones Camp in April by the Cannonball River in North Dakota to protest the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline through their land and water supply.

The crude oil pipeline is being built through sacred lands, burial grounds,and medicine harvesting sites, and is a continuation of the abuse of human rights, treaties, and nature.

One of the most beautiful things I feel right now, is that you see these amazing, empowered women who are stepping up and really reminding us young men, and men in general, that our role is to let the women lead, and yet, we’re their protectors and we stand side-by-side, but the women are supposed to lead with their hearts.” – Nahko Bear, speaking about Winona LaDuke and Indigenous women leaders at Standing Rock

The strength of the women supporting this movement is inspirational. They are honoring and bringing awareness to how protection of the waters is intrinsically connected to the protection of our food, herbs, women’s wisdom, birthing wisdom, children, communities, earth, and sustainable living.

Women have historically held positions of power in and out of the home  within indigenous communities. Continuing that tradition, we are constantly shown the grace and power- and most of all wisdom, that indigenous women posses. Below, as originally illustrated on White Wolf Pack, are photos that depict women who are strong, and resilient and who are making influential moves in communities across North America.

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Vanessa Castle and her horse, Medicine Hat, from the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe in Port Angeles, Washington Photo Credit: Celine Guiout
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Jade Begay (Navajo/Tesuque Pueblo) Photo Credit: Terray Sylvester
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 Faith Spotted Eagle and her daughter, Brook, from the Yankton Sioux (Ihanktonwan Dakota Oyate) tribe in Yanktown Reservation, South Dakota Photo Credit: Celine Guiout
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 LaDonna Brave Bull Allard (Lakota Sioux) Founder, Sacred Stone Camp
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Tara Houska (Ojibwe, Couchiching First Nation of International Falls, Minnesota)—national campaigns director of Honor the Earth
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Winona Kasto (Cheyenne River Sioux)—cook at Oceti Sakowin Camp
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Leanne Guy (Diné, from Navajo, New Mexico)—executive director of the Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition Emily Arasim
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Deezbaa O’Hare (Diné, Irish/Swedish residing in Oakland, California)
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Shrise Wadsworth (Hopi of the Bear Strap Clan from Shungopavi Village, Second Mesa, Arizona, pictured on the left) sprey Orielle Lake 
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Lauren Howland (Jicarilla Apache of Dulce, New Mexico)—International Indigenous Youth council member Emily Arasim
(Article By Tasha Sharifa)

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