Standing Rock Youth carried the message of MNI WICONI/Water is Life to Washington DC, in August of 2016, beginning a movement that has brought together thousands of Indigenous led Water Protectors and Earth Warriors in profound ways to support the just transition to locally based and truly renewable energy sources while protecting our Water, Land, and future.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has created the Vision 2030 Decree, which states that "as Original Peoples of the Earth...it is our duty to guide the world back into balance in a manner that provides for our life needs without destroying the source - Our Mother Earth. We seek to integrate systems that support our rights as indigenous people on the planet - water, food, shelter, energy, and a sustainable form of economy."
In keeping with the decree, the Tribe has been working with the Indigenous Environmental Network to create a safe Winter Camp village that is also a profound example of a beautiful, Indigenous sustained community. This Village is located on tribal lands above the confluence of the Cannon Ball and Missouri Rivers. They brought together a team of partners including Blue Star Integrative Studio, Biohabitats, Kuruks, Sustainable Nations, Give Power , Give Love , the American Indian Council of Architects & Engineers , and many other key partners to design the Village based on the culture of the Standing Rock people and in honor of the Earth and Water.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is grateful for the support of all Water Protectors who have sacrificed and won a first small victory in the movement to stop DAPL - the Army Corps denial of the permit to drill under the sacred Water. Due to this small victory, Chairman Archambault has called for a pause, to allow Protectors to return home for the Winter, as well as a pause in the construction of the Winter camp. The Winter Camp has transitioned to become a larger development, a demonstration that in order to defeat the fossil fuel industry and protect our lands and water we must think, act, design, and build community in dramatically different ways.
Time to bring traditional structures and lifeways back in new and exciting ways!
We are building the MNI WICONI SUSTAINED COMMUNITY, a new model, climate adaptive community that will be a sacred gathering place for generations to come. There will be Earthlodges (various types - mound, pit house, hogan, etc.) and other green-built structures to serve as permanent, solar-powered, water conserving, teaching and demonstration buildings; beautiful examples of contemporary Indigenous architecture and engineering. This is a place to remember and honor the history being made at Standing Rock while celebrating an economy and way of living that is dramatically less dependent on fossil fuels.
The MNI WICONI SUSTAINED COMMUNITY has been designed with traditional architecture and modern low-impact renewable energy + water/waste systems, blending local Indigenous construction techniques that have existed for thousands of years with the latest in technologies and expertise. MNI WICONI will be a climate adaptive model community, a sacred gathering place for generations to come, and a place to remember and honor the history being made at Standing Rock while celebrating an economy and way of living that is dramatically less dependent on fossil fuels.
With an initial large donation, the Project has started, but there are many more resources needed! We have a logistical and construction management team in place. There is a budgeted line item cost list prepared by architects, engineers, and general contractors. We have crews ready to begin construction once shipments of materials arrive. There are also cost-matching partners waiting to see how our fundraising goes!
Winter is here, the time of going inwards, bringing dangerous conditions that do not allow active construction. Living according to the Earth’s cycles, we are taking this time to build strong partnerships, resources, and financial support to allow us to rebirth the active construction phase of the MNI WICONI Sustained Community in the Spring, constructing at least 7 Earth Lodges, 6 Straw Bale Buildings, 28 Tiny Homes, and 28 Warm Yurts in the Spring of 2017, enabling traditional indigenous people and allies of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to continue powerful and prayerful work!
Please consider supporting this profoundly impacting project by contributing at www.buildwithstandingrock.today, or contact us for information on organizing a fundraising circle in your local community, or to offer other support!
Thank you SO much for standing by our side as we #BuildWithStandingRock TOGETHER and breathe life into this beautiful demonstration of sustainable Indigenous design and construction that will serve as a long term Heritage Site to show the world the power of Native American prayer and ingenuity!
Other worlds ARE possible!
We have been very busy the last few weeks getting designs, calculations, drawings, schedules, and logistics finalized. The donations given have given us courage that the first phases of this project will indeed be possible. Please continue to donate, share, and encourage those around you to help in the same way!
With the strong collaboration of Standing Rock Tribal leadership and departments, we have made quick progress. Last week, Cannon Ball Tribal Council Reps led a small group to "mark the center" of the new Winter Camp / Sustained Community. Also, the Construction Management Team led by Mike & Jake at KURUKS were able to get a survey the site for boundary and topographic data, as well as grab soil samples for testing for strength & percolation. Thanks to the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy (iCOUP) we also saw the first load of straw bales arrive to build Security Shelters. Additionally, some structures were brought in that will be used for construction operations and storage during construction.
A BRIEF HISTORY
There have been a few inquiries about this project in regards to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and all of the other activities involved with the other camps and actions happening every week. First and foremost, it should be noted this project was brought forth, sanctioned by, and is watched over by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST). The SRST Council voted to set aside the land in October 2016. Since then, the SRST Administration, along with SRST key departments & stakeholders, has worked together to ensure the land has the proper clearances, and has been inspected by the Tribal Historic Preservation Office. The location of this land is within the jurisdiction of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and more specifically, within the Cannon Ball District.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has established project parameters and partners. Tribal Councilman Cody Two Bears (Cannon Ball District) has been appointed as the Project Representative to interface with a group of organizations and entities brought together by the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) in support of the SRST to take this project forward into reality.
The design, planning, engineering, and construction efforts are overseen by IEN and the SRST, with the SRST having ultimate authority. There is a tight time frame to accomplish the Phase One activities of building the main infrastructure for the new Winter Camp / Sustained Community, including the first three Earth Lodges and Straw Bale support buildings, in advance of the weather conditions in early 2017 that most often lead to eventual flooding of the lands (claimed by the Army Corps) down in the Cannon Ball / Missouri River valleys.
It is important to underscore this project will be built on tribal lands, with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe being the primary authority having jurisdiction. This being a legacy project intended to serve as a sacred space for many generations of indigenous gatherings and teachings, it is important to create this space in areas that are well established within the SRST jurisdictions of today, while continuing to uphold and defend aboriginal homelands and Treaty Territories.
For those seeking more details and clarification, please contact the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Administrative Offices. Also, you may wish to interact with the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) through through their Social Media Outlets.
Wopila tanka / Biggest Thanks
The #BuildWithStandingRock Team
I'm so glad traditions are being kept alive and that the tribes are coming together, especially at a time like this. This will forever be remembered as a significant moment for Native Americans throughout the states. I'll donate when I have the money, stay safe ♥ x
It's my understanding this is a project sanctioned by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe/council, they are the ones who set aside trust land for this. I applaud any tribal government that looks to honor tradition in an effort to improve the lives of indigenous people.
Hello, could someone please contact ocetisakowincamp.or and clarify what approvals may have gone through the tribal council for this? Thank you!
I have always dreamed of living in a place like this. I have lived all over always trying to find a place to fit in. Even feeling out of place at my own reservation. I have relatives at standing rock that I don't know too well but would like to get to know better. I have camped at oceti sakowin 5 x's and hope to spend the nite on the 17th as our office will be in town for a 1 day workshop at the college. I am going on 60 yrs. old and have some knowledge of gardening organically and herbal and homeopathic remedies. am not afraid of hard work and have always been an activist and a veteran of yellow thunder camp from the early 80's. my heart and soul never left oceti sakowin
All the things in our world have an industrial history. Behind the computer, the T-shirt, the vacuum cleaner is an industrial infrastructure fired by energy (fossil fuels mainly). Each component of our car or refrigerator has an industrial history. Mainly unseen and out of mind, this global industrial infrastructure touches every aspect of our lives. It pervades our daily living from the articles it produces, to its effect on the economy and employment, as well as its effects on the environment. http://sunweber.blogspot.com/2015/04/solar-devices-industrial-infrastructure.html Solar and wind energy collecting devices and their auxiliary equipment have an industrial history. They are an extension of the fossil fuel supply system and the global industrial infrastructure. It is important to understand the industrial infrastructure and the environmental results for the components of the solar energy collecting devices so we don’t designate them with false labels such as green, renewable or sustainable. This is a challenge to ‘business as usual’. If we teach people that these solar devices are the future of energy without teaching the whole system, we mislead, misinform and create false hopes and beliefs. They are not made with magic wands. How will we use this electric energy? This must be one of the mantras for survival now and tomorrow. Imagine beginning at an earth resource –the mine, the well - and the subsequent flow of these materials. This creates a tremendous picture in motion of "energy" and resources flowing around the world. There are multiple questions that a realistic assessment of the future of these devices requires. Each of these questions, asks about the future of “renewable” devices. First and foremost: What do we need the energy for? Not, why or what do we want this electricity for. This must be one of the mantras for survival now and tomorrow. When it comes time to replace these devices: Where will the energy and resources come from? To replace components of these systems: Where will the energy and resources come from? As we need to manufacture the tools and toys we want the electricity for: Where will the energy and resources come from? Will we sequester/store the energy to provide for these future needs? How will we do that? OR Will dedicated devices be built simply to facilitate replacement? Who will manage these dedicated devices? What will stop society from using this sequestered energy? Will the need to protect this sequestered energy create an even more constrained and draconian social environment? How will this electricity be equally shared globally compared to the present unequal energy availability? How will we mine and transport all these raw resources: the basic material for fabrication, the actual devices, the various auxiliary equipment, the tools and the toys?
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OUTSTANDING IDEA ON SO MANY LEVELS!!! (Make sure to get ypur EASEMENT lol!)
Hello! I'm so inspired by what you are doing. Also very excited about the recent news of the Army Corps of Engineers denying the easement of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Congratulations!! I am curious, now that this has happened, will your project still go ahead? I'm interested to hear your thoughts about what will happen in the future with this movement.
I hope someone has gotten back to Autumn DePoe-Hughes about tribal approval for this project. I saw the comment after giving$50. It raised a serious question in my mind. I would never disrespect the elders or tribe by going ahead with a project like this without their approval and support. I didn't share to FB because of this. I contacted the people who put up this go-fund-me thing asking for some kind of reassurance and have received none. Maybe it's and ego issue with someone at the Oceti Sakowin Camp? and I understand folks there have a full plate of survival issues. I'm going to go ahead and assumethe tribe and elders have approved and support this project and share to my social media network. My heart goes out to all of you fighting the fight out there on the front line.