Help Jen Deerinwater Return to Standing Rock

For: Jen Deerinwater
Washington, DC
Organizer: Jen Deerinwater
Help Jen Deerinwater Return to Standing Rock (Jen Deerinwater)
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The Story

Osiyo,

I a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and a Native, Bisexual, Disabled journalist. It is crucial that Native People are able to tell our stories to the world in our own voices, especially for Native Women, Disabled Native People, and Two Spirit and LGBTQIA Natives. So many of you provided the financial help that I needed in order to make my first trip to Standing Rock. Now I'm reaching out to you for emergency financial support to make a second trip to report the news from the camps and the frontlines as the eviction notices from the Army Corps of Engineers and the state of North Dakota plays out. 

The Dakota Access Pipeline has been covered well in Native media, but has had little attention in mainstream media. The coverage that has occurred, has been primarily by non-Native journalists, has been racist, and has rarely, if ever, focused on the most marginalized of Native communities. As a Native Woman, it is my duty to stand with my relations to protect the water, but also to report to the multiple human rights violations that are occurring there, including those that media outlets don't find "sexy" enough to cover. Our realities must be told to the world and they must be told by us.

Because I'm a contributor for an independent publication-the Daily Progressive-and a freelance writer, I do not have the financial support and resources that some journalists have. I'm asking the greater community to help me make this mission a reality by making donations. Examples of what your support will be used for: 

-Travel expenses (car, insurance, gas, tolls)
-Food. The camp is always struggling to keep fresh meat and vegetables in supply so I need food for myself and to share with others.
-Water for myself and others
-Subzero cold weather supplies for myself and others
-Medical supplies for myself and others 
-Bail and car impound fees in the high likelihood of arrest 

Any amount you are able to give is greatly appreciated and goes a long way to making this a reality. You can read my work on Standing Rock on the Daily ProgressiveAutostraddle, The Establishment, Matador Network, and Wear Your Voice. I'm also in the midst of launching my Youtube channelwhich will host all of my videos from actions that I've taken part in. 

Wado! Mni Wiconi! 
Thank you! Water is Life! 

Jen Deerinwater
#JentoND 



Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 1, 2016

Posted on December 1, 2016

Osiyo!

As I prepare to leave for my second trip to Standing Rock I've been reflecting on my last trip and it's successes and failtures. During my first trip I was able to take several hundred photos, documented several interactions with law enforcement, and interviewed numerous Water Protectors about their experiences with law enforcement, the criminal injustice system, and camp life. Since then I've published seven pieces, one of which went viral, and am now launching a Youtube channel.

Reports have come in to me of harassment and discrimination of local retailers and targeting by law enforcement of my Indigenous Sisters and Two Spirit LGBTQIA Relatives. Our Women began this movement and are the heart of our community. Two Spirit and LGBTQIA People have always been in our tribal communities regardless of what names were used to describe us. Despite this, our stories are rarely in the news, even now. 

I began a few articles while at camp about our involvement in the fight to protect water and Indigenous communities. I feel even more driven than ever to complete these stories and to represent my communities. Our voices must be heard. 

I've also received numerous requests for specific items that are needed by the friends I made in camp. Some of my Two Spirit Relatives need propane because distributors won't sell to them simply because of who they are. I've been asked to bring as many sets of thermals in as possible because our people are repoisoning themselves because they can't wash their laundry and have to rewear clothes covered in mace. I could go on and on about what I've been told. It all sickens me and hurts my heart in a way I can't even describe. I can't sit by and do nothing.

My last trip was much more expensive than I had anticipated and this trip will be even more expensive due to the heightened state sanctioned violence, discrimination by locals, and extreme weather. I'll be making numerous 80 mile round trip drives between Bismarck and camp for both actions and supplies. I need money for the rental car, gas, and supplies. I may have to further fundraise for the citations I may incur for bringing in supplies or possibly even for bail or medical expenses due to arrest and law enforcement brutality. I hope for the best, but I am preparing for the worst. 

I'm reaching out to you for emergency financial support for this trip to report these atrocities and to get supplies to our most marginalized community members. I'm asking you to please give what you can and share this fundraising campaign with your networks. 

Wado and mni wiconi!
Thank you and water is life!

Jen Deerinwater 

#NoDAPL #BlackSnakeKilla #NativeWomenMatter #BiVoices #DisabledVoices #TwoSpirit #NotYourSquaw

Posted on November 15, 2016

Posted on November 15, 2016

Osiyo! 

I made the decision to leave ND due to the colonized and often oppressive nature of the camp. I'll continue to write about DAPL and Indigenous rights, but for my own self-care purposes I can't be at the camps right now. 

I left my supplies with friends I made there and have used all of your generous donations to travel and stay at camp and help support others who are there. I appreciate all of your support. 

Wado and Mni Wiconi! 
Thank you and Water is Life! 

Jen 

Posted on November 11, 2016

Posted on November 11, 2016

Osiyo! 
I'd like to begin by thanking all of you for your support. Because of you I've been able to make the trip to Standing Rock. I'm coming to you now asking for your further support so that I may stay in Standing Rock to continue to report the news. 
Neither President Obama nor the Army Corp of Engineers have denied the easement for DAPL to complete construction. With Trump winning the presidency it's clear that this pipeline won't come to an end any time soon. I'd like to see this through the end. I need your help to make this happen. 
I'm in a very rural, rugged, cold area where the nearest grocery store, pharmacy, laundromat, and every other conceivable need is an 80 mile round trip. I need to build a small house for myself, have heat for the winter, food, water, and a great deal more. 
I understand that there are many worthy causes and many of you are struggling, but I need your help. Every donation, and share of this campaign, helps. I have several stories going right now and I want to make sure that I can see them through. Please help me to make that happen. 
Wado and Mni Wiconi! 
Thank you and Water is Life! 
Jen

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