When opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline galvanized the support of hundreds of U.S. tribes, it became an unprecedented show of Indian Country unity and resolve.

Now, it’s a global indigenous movement. Members of tribal communities from around the world have joined in activism led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. A Sami group from Norway was the latest to arrive on Friday.

This resistance campaign, many say, has emerged as part of a greater global crisis—a united struggle in which indigenous lands, resources, and people are perpetually threatened by corporations and governments often using military force. Integral to this shared narrative is the routine ignoring of treaties.

“There is a tremendous awareness from Indigenous Peoples regarding what’s happening at Standing Rock,” said Elsa Stamatopoulou, director of the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Program at Columbia University. “The Native Americans there are struggling and are connected to the whole world and a solidarity of rights.”

It’s an important source of influence and context, according to Chairman Archambault. “If it’s working with the administration, with Congress, with other nations, we have to continue to look at different approaches to reach our end goal,” Archambault said.

“We’re doing everything we can to heighten awareness.”

Sami people join Standing Rock Photo: Desiree Kane

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Brett Isaac and Doug Yazzie (Navajo / Hopi and Navajo, respectively) were pondering the best ways to contribute to the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline construction when a camp contacted them regarding support in the form of energy.

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Responses to "Standing Rock: Unprecedented Unity of Indigenous Nations and People"

  1. Michael says:

    I am prayerful for all the tribes and Nations attending Standing Rock, I am a white Elder who carries the Maya Spiritual knowledge and wisdom of Wandering Wolf. I am with you all in spirit and from a mountain in Andalucia, Spain.

  2. GNS1992 says:

    Strength in numbers! Keep on building your resistance - love to you all!

  3. thank you. I am building hope again that we can save our Mother Earth.

  4. Christie says:

    Thank you from the depths of my heart for my children and their children's children, the fate of our beloved Mother Earth, and if I were able to return to America now, I would join you there!

  5. Thank you! Save Mother! Sending love and light.

  6. Corrinne says:

    Thoughts, blessings and prayers are with all Nations. From white allies here in the Pacific North West, we are feeling elated that Indigenous voices are finally on the forefront! We are living on stolen native lands. Honor the Treaties! Thank you to every land defender and water protector...

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