Tech Warrior Camp
$9,875 of $10,000 goal
UPDATE 2: The bits are flowing on the wifi bridge!
UPDATE 3: Please click on the Updates tab to get the full info but this fund is now closed, the core mission of the fund was accomplished. Thank you for your support. Please go directly to http://www.ocetisakowincamp.org/ or
http://gwob.org/ to continue to support Technology for Good at Standing Rock.
The internet and social media are critical to getting the message out for social causes but the people at Standing Rock have had very limited communications at the camps. The indigenous media, lawyers and medics had to drive 10 miles from camp in order to upload video, photos, to look up medical information, the lawyers need to file cases to get people out of jail. All this is done at the lobby at the local casino (update the casino cracked down on internet usage in early Nov).
The Redcloud Defense Center, Geeks without Bounds, Indigenous Environmental Network, and Digital Smoke Signals have teamed up to use technology for good. (UPDATE: As of Nov 18) We have improved basic communications by setting up a wifi bridge.
We are now looking to setup:
1) Secondary internet source
2) A mobile internet unit
3) Servers for a media aggregation stations
4) A local radio station
Join the us in this alliance of the virtual Tech Warrior Camp. Together we can make a major difference and get the real story out. We have a billion dollar corporation and the militarized local government trying to suppress the message.
Tech Warrior Myron Dewey doing Non Violent Drone Direct Actions
Geeks w/out Bounds Mobile with Initial wave of equipment
Roberto's Mobile Solar Powered office
The (Dark Oil) Empire has gone too far putting a pipeline under the Missouri River and threatening one of the largest clean aquifers left in the US. We must help the protectors. The youth and grandmothers are rising. They are concerned for their water and the next 7 generations of their children and yours. I shared coffee and stories with Grandmother Theresa Blackowl and she said she was doing it for her grandchildren and mine. She was recently arrested by militarized police and DAPL security while praying in a tipi with her sacred canupa (pipe).
Arresting Grandmothers for praying
The charge? Inciting a Riot and trespassing (on tribal lands). They are throwing everything they have at the proud Lakota Sioux. They haven't forgotten that leaders like Sitting Bull and Redcloud are from these lands. They want to crush them as quickly as possible. But they forget that these people have been here for thousands of years before they came. DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline) and Morton County Sheriffs are using military Psy Ops, National Guard, surveillance, jamming devices, sound cannons, you name it they have it and are using the equipment on innocent and peaceful native americans and their allies (Think Avatar). Their crime you ask? Protecting their water (and ours) for the next 7 generations on their land given to them by the Treaty of Fort Laramie in 1851.
Prayer is stronger than Might
The pipeline was rerouted to Standing Rock when the city of Bismarck decided that a leak could pollute their watershed and drinking water. They just move the problem downstream to the Standing Rock Reservation where they thought the people were powerless. Imagine their surprise when the Lakota/Sioux’s 7 Council Fires (think the Beacons of Gondor) were lit for the first time in 100+ years. At least 300 tribes have come to show solidarity and left their flags to show their support.
All Nations welcoming flags
There are 17M people who rely on the Missouri river for water and irrigation for farming. There is no downstream that is safe for this type of oil pipeline. Mni Wiconi (Water is Sacred).
Help is coming from everywhere:
- An Irish butcher from Colorado sent hundreds of pounds of meat saying “When we had our Famine the Native Americans (Choctaw)
sent us help. It’s the least I can do.”
- A family that makes tipis drove out there and setup camp for the winter to make tipis for people who want to stay.
- A geeky Software Solutions Architect from SLO put $6k of communications equipment on his credit card.
Imagine what we could do if the Geek tribes unite. The time is now. Obi-wan would go.
Well as most of you know there has been a huge transition at Camp. The Army Corps Decision to temporarily deny the easement until there is an Environmental Impact statement is great win, but as Tom Goldtooth says "It's check not checkmate." The Black Snake is hurt but with the administration change in Jan we know it's going to be an ongoing fight. Chairman David Archambault of the Standing Rock Tribe has requested that people return to their homes for safety reason (ND winters are brutal) and he suggests that a big part of the battle is going to be legal these next few months. But many other camps like Sacred Stone and the new All Nations camp are determined to stay until the black snake is killed. The main camp is down to much lower/sustainable numbers but still significant and they still need the tech infrastructure to protect them and to allow the world to witness this story.
The tech team has been working hard to keep the network running. They also built the physical NOC tent. Workstations and servers are being setup and the woodstove is keeping everyone toasty. They are running into all sorts of attacks and sabotage. Earlier this week one of the wifi radios was stolen and PoE cable was cut.
We have also had numerous denial of service attacks. There are fake access points trying to phish for people's login and the list goes on. This company has no scruples, please don't trust them with your water and your oil.
Because of the camps transition we are circling up and deciding on the next phase of tech priorities. The Oceti Sakowin leaders have asked that all fundraisers donate directly to them so I'm closing this GoFundMe down, it has served it's purpose. You can still donate to the tech needs by adding a Tech Warrior line item in your donation notes. If you don't specify they'll assign it to the highest need.
If you want to continue donating please go directly to these two sites:
http://www.ocetisakowincamp.org/ (follow the donate link)
You can also donate at Geeks Without Bounds
Thank you for all you have done. The internet would not be flowing into camp if it wasn't for all of your assistance and support.
Special shout out to Tech Warrior Lisha of Geeks without Bounds, who has been on the ground for months, withstanding the elements and the cyber attacks. There are of course many people who have worked to use technology for good--- you know who you are. Thank you for your service.
It's been a long road to make this happen. We hit some snags with a broken unit early on but we are back on track. Lisha with a team of Tech Warriors, some help from Red Lightning and many others were finally able to light up the internet bridge! The first bits are coming into camp. There is still work to do, configuring the networks and troubleshooting a PoE switch but I just wanted to share the joy with you. It wouldn't have been possible w/out all of your donations and faith that we could pull this off.
Wopila! I'm doing the happy dance today!
Some details of the full project here:
Yesterday was a really tough day. Over 80 people were arrested for praying and protecting their waters.
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Wopila to all that have contributed so far.
Hi Benita, Thanks for your question. I tried to find you on FB to send you a direct message but only saw two people with similar last names but not and exact match. Well it was actually $6,052.95 that was charged to my card :-) I had a short window to install the equipment and I needed to get the parts there in a hurry so also paid a good amount for shipping the solar stations and batteries which weighted about 450lbs. I have a picture of the pickup at ups on this page. You should be able to send me a private message in GoFundMe . If you send me your email I'd be glad to give you more details. I'm in the video I posted, the video interviews are taken in the new Media tent on Facebook hill and you can see some of the equipment I brought. The tent was also donated by the allies of Red Cloud Defense Center. Wopila, Roberto
@Luis Fish Fisher , thank you for the Red Lightning help. I had reached out to Josh Tree and started the conversation. Thank you all for the help. I work closely with Lisha. You guys are Tech Warriors!
Xi Xing. Great minds think alike. We actually are working with the org that setups up the Burning Man Communications (Geeks without Bounds). http://gwob.org/hopex-roundup-part-1/ Mni Wiconi
That's a big project you're taking on. I sent medical, first aid supplies and want to help, but I'm very Leary about who I'm sending money to, if I do send. I know you're from AZ, but where? Plus, I'd like to ask your wife, did you really take out $$ to start on this project? I'm all about the help, so convince me. :) Ln on FB, so msg mr through messenger. Thank you.