Horses, Daryl Hannah, sacred fires and Neil Young — these are some of the things you’re likely to see on the National Mall starting Tuesday as part of the latest protest against the Keystone XL pipeline.

The “Reject and Protect” protest is a weeklong event hosted by the Cowboy and Indian Alliance, a group of ranchers, farmers and leaders of seven Native American tribes. Protesters said activists also plan to project anti-pipeline messages onto the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday night, hold an interfaith ceremony outside the Georgetown home of Secretary of State John Kerry and stage an unspecified “bold and creative” bit of civil disobedience. .

They’re estimating that as many as 5,000 activists will take part in a march past the Capitol on Saturday. The rest of the week is expected to be more intimate. .

Things kick off Tuesday morning with a short 24-horse ride from the Capitol to a reserved area near the Reflecting Pool. The Indigo Girls will perform two songs as a ceremonial teepee is erected “that will have a clear message to the president on it,” promised Jane Kleeb, director of Bold Nebraska, the state’s leading anti-pipeline group. .

The teepee will bear the Indian names that President Barack Obama received from Montana’s Crow Nation and the Lakota tribe, the activists said, and will be painted with symbols created by tribal artists to symbolize land and water protection. Amid serenading by Young, who is expected to attend later this week, the teepee will be presented as a gift to the National Museum of the American Indian, which organizers say has agreed to house it in its collection. .

Kleeb said the initial plan was to have participants stay and sleep in the teepees throughout the week, but they weren’t able to get a permit..

The fact they could get permits for such a long time on the National Mall is an accomplishment and at least partially tied to the religious undertones throughout..

They include a small “sacred fire” central to many tribal ceremonies that will be burning throughout the week, and traditional water ceremonies “that will highlight the threat Keystone XL poses to water sources, especially the Ogallala Aquifer, along the pipeline route,” according to a schedule provided by organizers. .

“The spirituality and religious aspects of not only the sacred fire and teepees were incorporated into the permit,” Kleeb said. .

But she added, “We’ve been very clear with the parks police and D.C. police that this is a protest about Keystone XL.”


Responses to "Horses, teepees arrive on Mall for Keystone protest (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    build the pipeline

  2. Anonymous says:

    Scuttle the pipeline :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    I can not say Thank you enough for helping with our land and water--just like we need the land and water so does the earth--we are one.

  4. Love your Mother Earth and she will love you back. Abuse her and she will die trying to love you. ~ hsh 043014

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