The teepee wall reads in Lakota Min Wiconi/ "Water is life." This is the slogan of the Sioux Indigenous and supporters self-named “Water Protectors.” They are protecting the Missouri River from futures spills by the Dakota Access oil pipeline. A Sioux legend says that a black snake will destroy the sacred water and the earth, but a rainbow of warriors will defend it.
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Stop the Dakota Access /Minisapa sica ki inanjin kiya pi. Alex High Elk, apprentice of spiritual doctor from the Cheyenne River Reservation holds his fist up in Solidarity for Standing Rock and to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (the black snake). “We are here for all what has been taken away from us for centuries. Before they took the land and the buffalo, today they are taking the water.”
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Female warrior/ Akicita Winyan. Jade Wool, Oglala-Lakota and Kanaka Maolí of Hawaii linage. She was arrested twice by law enforcement at the front lines, near the Standing Rock Reservation and was wounded by a rubber bullet shot at her by antiriot police while peacefully protesting against Energy Partner Transfers (ETP). Another girl lost her eye and a second an arm.