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Standing up at Standing Rock: Voices from the Encampment

Indigenous people and their allies share why they are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline – Lauretta Prevost, Producer, and Lindsay Ofrias, Associate Producer

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Story Transcript

COURAGE: My name is Courage. I’m Lakota and I’m Mestizo. I came here from Los Angeles, California.

DESIREE KAINE: Desiree Kaine. I’m a Miwok woman.

WILLIAM SIMMONS: William Simmons also known as Jimbo.

JEFF MORRIS: Brother Jeff Morris. I’m with the Order of Saint Francis.

RACHEL SPOTTED HORSE: Rachel Spotted Horse and I’m from McLaughlin, South Dakota on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

SIMMONS: I come from Oklahoma. I’m a Choctaw.

NANCY: I am from Rapid City, South Dakota. But I am a Rosewood Souix.

ROBIN HAMM: I’ve got a little bit of Southern Ute heritage and Meshica from before the United States was this country.

AMIR LACY: Amir Lacy I’m from Oakland, California and I’m here to join the cause.

NANCY: I’m a water protector. I’m here to protect the water.

COURAGE: I came here because it is the most significant event as far as Native American history in my lifetime.

MORRIS: I feel god has called me to come out and be an instrument of god’s peace.

LACY: I’m here to protest and help out. Support. Cut wood, make fires, and increase moral.

SIMMONS: I knew that at some point they would have to come to Indian land and Indian territory and I know that there were many people that were going to resist this pipeline.

KAINE: I have the resources and the privilege to come out here to set aside my life and dedicate time and attention and intention.

HAMM: I’m here to be part of the end of this genocide.

SPOTTED HORSE: I’m concerned about our water and I have grandchildren and great grandchildren to think about.

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