Members of the Standing Rock Community are coming forward to declare that they respectfully disagree with Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II who has recently made it his mission to convince people to leave the camp for their own safety.
Dave Archambault has been reaching out to various news outlets to spread his message of gratitude and to tell everyone to return home for the winter. In his video announcement he says the pipeline will try to drill near the river to get a reaction from water protectors but they won’t cross the water because they don’t have an easement and they wouldn’t push their luck, legally speaking.
Archambault is optimistic that a full environmental statement carried out by the Army Corps of Engineers will halt the pipeline for long enough during the winter that there shouldn’t be any activist actions since there shouldn’t be any drilling. The request from Archambault to have campers return home comes just a day after Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy made the decision to deny an easement that Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco needed to drill under Lake Oahe (which had been previously recommended by the Army Corps of Engineers).
Community Leaders Want Campers To Stay
Leaders from the Standing Rock Sioux community are coming forward with their own responses and input regarding the pipeline, what campers should do and the future of the resistance camps. Thousands of protectors are still planning on roughing the winter conditions to ensure no drilling occurs under Lake Oahe after the companies drilling vowed to continue their efforts with the current route going under the water.
“Although I do respect our chairman as our head of state, I have to respectfully disagree with the request to go home” says Chase Ironeyes (an activist, attorney and a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe). Chase published multiple video responses on the Indigenous media account he’s apart of called LastRealIndians where he described his respect for the chairman but says there are 8,000 people at camp who shouldn’t be leaving but who should be supported through out the extreme winters.
“We stand until the Black Snake is dead.” – LaDonna Bravebull Allard
The founder of Sacred Stone Camp, LaDonna Bravebull Allard, has not come short of words with all that’s been said recently. Between media interviews from the chairman and the campers who have taken up their own leadership rules, many water protectors and veterans alike are finding themselves constantly bossed around and told they are no longer needed. “I am sorry there are betrayers asking our veterans to leave – shame on them. We are honored by their stand” she said on Tuesday night.
LaDonna has made it clear that she is staying and she welcomes everyone who wishes to join the cause to get out there (but do be prepared for extreme winter conditions and have your own resources).
“The people have the power, the people must stand in prayer and civil disobedience. We must stand against all who stand against us. This is a youth and people movement not a tribal government movement. We must make a better life for ourselves. We cannot wait for someone to save us, we must save ourselves. We must stand for life and stand for the water because water is life. I will not back down.”