Friday, December 2, 2016. Every morning, my wake-up call comes not from the alarm on my phone but from the voices of water protectors 200 yards away, across the Cannonball River chanting, “Mni Wiconi! Water is Life!” The words drift across the frozen river, where over 100 people gather at sunrise each day for a water ceremony. Campers on our side of the river stand in silent reverence, watching the ceremony, participating in their own quiet way. This prayerful start to the day is a Continue reading →
Thursday, December 1, 2016. We spend an hour today visiting with Manape LaMere, one of the seven tribal leaders at Oceti Sakowin. We discuss what is likely to happen when the veterans arrive on Sunday, and I give him an update on the pipeline fight in Iowa. I share the sad news that Dakota Access today dragged pipe under the Des Moines River. There is also the positive news that pipeline fighters in Iowa continue to push back on every possible front. Manape is a Continue reading →
Wednesday, November 30, 2016. With the unexpected availability of a hotel room last night, Lyssa and I catch a much-needed break — both from the blizzard and from each other. Lyssa and I are good friends, and fellow travelers when it comes to our shared passion for sustainable food, clean water and climate justice. But sure, after living and working together 24-7 for four days straight, some space is needed. I plug away on my computer, working late and catching up on a chunk of Continue reading →
Tuesday, November 29, 2016. On any given day, an estimated 10,000 people live at the Oceti Sakowin camps at Standing Rock. To put the enormity of this community into perspective, if this were a city in Iowa, Oceti Sakowin would rank 39th out of 950 — bigger than Fairfield, Grinnell or Mount Pleasant. The fact that so many passionate people have come together so quickly under such adverse conditions is almost hard to imagine. Even more impressive is that the infrastructure essential to a functioning Continue reading →
Monday, November 28, 2016. I have a knack for timing: our first night in a tent at Standing Rock coincides with the first snowstorm of the season. It’s a soft, wet, gentle snow. Yet it clings to the walls of our tent, threatening to collapse the fragile structure. Repeatedly during the night, we pound on the tent walls to free them of snow. There’s little wind, so the sounds of camp nightlife are audible and drift towards us from all directions. The sounds are abundant Continue reading →
Sunday, November 27, 2016. Nothing about Standing Rock is normal or predictable. As Lyssa and I approach the Oceti Sakowin camps just north of Cannon Ball, North Dakota, our GPS navigator announces, “In six miles, park your car and walk to your destination.” We ignore these instructions, as well as the sign telling us that the road ahead is closed. “Is this right,” asks Lyssa. “Shouldn’t we have taken that turn back there?” I confidently mutter a few words that belie my uncertainty. But we Continue reading →
WATCH: Omaha World-Herald reports from the #NoDAPL Rally at the Army Corps office in Omaha. MORE PRESS COVERAGE: Dakota Access Pipeline protesters gather in downtown Omaha (KETV) Bold Iowa also led a #NoDAPL Solidarity Rally in Des Moines on Nov. 15. Read coverage and watch video in The Des Moines Register.
Iowa farmer Cyndy Coppola was arrested on her own land (along with invited guest on her property, Bold Iowa director Ed Fallon) on Oct. 15, while participating in nonviolent action to stop construction on the Dakota Access pipeline, which is being built on her land against her will via the power of eminent domain. Cyndy and Ed are currently scheduled to appear in court on “trespassing” charges (yes, Cyndy on her own land) on Dec. 14. Both plan to plead “not guilty.” WATCH: Cyndy speaks Continue reading →
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Bold Iowa joined Bold Nebraska in Omaha on May 3, 2016 to greet the Oceti Sakowin Youth & Allies when they stopped at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers HQ while on their 2,000-mile relay run from N.D. to D.C. to urge Pres. Obama and the Army Corps to reject permits and stop the Dakota Access pipeline. WATCH: Bold Iowa director Ed Fallon speaks to the crowd at the rally outside the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offices in Omaha, NE.