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Return to Standing Rock

$790 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 1 month
I traveled to Standing Rock in December to document the Veterans Stand mission by embedding with the veterans from LA. I sold my pictures and words to Marie Claire and CounterPunch (and no I did not make a profit from the trip! Even with donations!)

This time I'd like to return and document what's happening at the camp from a more independent viewpoint, spending more time talking to the elders and the people on the ground who are literally impossible to contact from LA because of the interference with cell reception over there. I will, of course, cover the new protectors flooding in from all over the country since Woods et al made their call to return public.

In December I was lucky enough to raise over $600 to help with costs, but this time I will need to fly in and fly out on my own dime, pay for car rentals / taxis and bring all my own food in, as well as bring a tent that will withstand the sub-zero temperatures. I need to replace the -25 degree sleeping bag which was stolen and get some spikes for my shoes, as well as socks, gloves and other small items which were left behind last time, and pay for childcare while I'm away.

I'm hoping to leave the weekend of the 18th and stay for five days. I'll probably tag along with a group of friends / photographers heading out there with strong ties to the camp and much experience (this will be their fourth time, my second).

I'm looking forward to returning as an independent. Had a wonderful experience with the vets last time but also got to experience the frustration of moving and working as a large unit, following orders and lacking any kind of autonomy. This time - especially with the changes in camp and the urgency of the mission - will be different.
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Update 5
Posted by Ruth Iorio
28 days ago
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I have a flight to Bismarck tomorrow and will be connecting with folks out there - apparently police are preventing people from entering the camps but I can make my way to the casino and see what's up. Much love to all of you who helped me out with this trip - I hope my small contribution is worth it and I get some good footage to show the world what's going on out there in North Dakota

Xoxo
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Update 4
Posted by Ruth Iorio
29 days ago
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Holy fuck you guys are awesome! I'm trying to fly out tomorrow am at 5:40am.... will keep you updated xoxox
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Update 3
Posted by Ruth Iorio
1 month ago
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Apparently the police and sheriffs are amassing for a Wednesday night raid of Oceti. I really really want to be there for this but just can't make it unless I get a few more donations (or unless my tax refund arrives). Please help
Me get there asap....
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Update 2
Posted by Ruth Iorio
1 month ago
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Thank you SO much everyone! I decided not to fly out this weekend because of the storm and because I wanted a little more time to gather donations (and if I don't get enough, get paid from a small freelance project so I can plough it back into Standing Rock!) I am so, so heartened by your support and belief in me. I can't wait to get back out to Standing Rock. I have three friends going this week who I really wanted to catch up with, but the benefit is that they can now update me on the conditions out there when they return just before I leave! Thanks again xoxo
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$790 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 1 month
Created February 11, 2017
JN
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Jim Nelson
1 month ago
$100
Anonymous
1 month ago
$100
Anonymous
1 month ago
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1 month ago
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Eric Ahlberg
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Jim Nelson
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