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"Defend The Sacred" is a short documentary that attempts to capture the spirit of Indigenous people at Standing Rock.

Adam Beach (born November 11, 1972) is a Saulteaux actor. He is best known for his roles as Victor in Smoke Signals, Frank Fencepost in Dance Me Outside, Tommy in Walker, Texas Ranger, Kickin' Wing in Joe Dirt, U.S. Marine Corporal, Ira Hayes in Flags of Our Fathers, Private Ben Yahzee in Windtalkers, Dr. Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa) in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Chester Lake in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Officer Jim Chee in the film adaptations of Skinwalkers, Coyote Waits, and A Thief of Time. He starred in the Canadian 2012-2014 series Arctic Air, and played Slipknot in the 2016 film Suicide Squad.

Adam hopes to be appointed leader of his Lake Manitoba First Nation.

Directed: Kyle Bell Produced: Adam Beach & Kyle Bell Executive Producers: Summer Tiger & The NTVS Cinematography // Edited: Kyle Bell

The tribes gathered at Standing Rock today are trying to stop a natural gas pipeline operator from bulldozing what they say are sacred sites to construct an 1,172-mile oil pipeline. The tribes also want to protect the Missouri River, the primary water source for the Standing Rock Reservation, from a potential pipeline leak.

Water is the "first medicine;" it sustains us in our mother's womb. It's used in ceremonies to heal people. The steam it gives off in a sweat lodge, for example, purifies. Water can clean a spirit when it's bleeding. It can calm a person and restore balance.

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Its power goes even deeper, though. Water also has memory. When people speak or sing to it during a ceremony, it is believed that the water holds on to what it hears and can later share what it learns.


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Responses to "Defend The Sacred: A Standing Rock Movie Produced by Native Actor Adam Beach"

  1. This is a great documentary of the beginnings of Standing Rock. Thank you. Beautiful. The water does know and remember prayers no matter what the opposition is, blessings.
    This is a human issue, not only Indigenous people.

  2. cowpatti says:

    WHEN IS THE GOV GOING TO STOP!!!!ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS THE $ MOTHER EARTH IS CRYING FOR US TO PLEASE STOP HURTING HER SHE IS DYING .AND HAVE YOU NOT TAKEN ENOUGH FROM MY PEOPLE? YOU SAY TRUST US WE WILL DO WHAT IS BEST FOR THIS COUNTRY BUT YOU LIE NOT JUST TO MY PEOPLE BUT TO ALL OF AMERICA ALLYOU CARE IS TO FILL YOUR POCKETS BUT ARE TIME WILL COME

  3. cagnicat says:

    These wonderful tribes gather together to protect Mother Earth, Nature, all the living beings on the planet. Anyone who would deny their wisdom cannot see or feel.

  4. Unknown says:

    If only the people could see the corruption within the federal agencies of breaking all federals laws and many human rights violations of our people. However this isn't the correct story. This pipeline was approved by Standing Rock and DAPL dave in 2014. Yes 2014. How one might ask? Paperwork came to SR archaeological office. Sat on the desk for clearance of sacred places. Nothing was done for a few years. Oil company and government ASSUME no word from tribe. No complains from tribe. It must be ok for us (Oil company n government) to start. Then tribe gave approval to project. People found out. Hence the start of people coming to SR. DAPL dave never fore-right really came out in beginning until the people stated flooding into SR. His comments on video were so weak against oil company and government. He didn't want to make forceful speeches due to previous agreement with oil company. At the end on Dec 4 in a private meeting in Bismark with gov, oil company executives, gov officials and others. DAPL dave agree to kick out people in blizzard conditions from SR as part of the agreement. If people are kicked out. SR n Cannonball will stand to receive addition millions as-per agreement. Hence we were kicked out! All people never received a thank you for coming or giving their lives to stand for a good cause as we were all duped. Good many people have passed on due to the chemicals sprays on us by plane and helicopter. Evidence was destroyed to cover up the chemical traces on tents and equipment as quickly as possible from possible testing of biological warfare on innocent people who came to protect our Earth Mother even as we were duped by SR and others. This is the true story of SR. We will continue to stand to fight for our Earth Mother even if it means for us as people to give our lives to protect our Mother.

  5. What a great little movie; it takes us to the point of what it is all about. Mitakuye Oyasin!

  6. Unknown says:

    This is awesome....Edupen Fivehawk

  7. How do I get in touch with Adam Beach? I would like to audition for this film

  8. Im very proud of my ancestors for stepping up to the government. Stand your ground my native people. Stand your ground...

  9. Thank you for all u do for our native American people. Keep on doing what u do, it's awesome and amazing.

  10. Anonymous says:

    ��MNI WICONI��
    Adam Beach should play Drone Pilot from Standing Rock Shiyè Bidzíílion
    In a much bigger movie

    WATER IS LIFE ✊����

  11. Unknown says:

    Kyle Bell has a talented eye with the lens!

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