The Chiefs, called Headsmen, of the Oceti Sakowin, or 7 Council Fires, are the Traditional Leaders of the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota Nation.
As their peoples Traditional leaders, the Headsmen need to travel to Washington DC to be present at a Federal Injunction Hearing on September 9th to stop the "Dakota Access" Pipeline(DAPL). This fundraiser was created to raise money for their transportation, lodging, and food.
DAPL, an 1,172 mile fracked-oil pipeline, is slated to be built across Treaty territory at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, where it would cross underneath the Missouri River.
In addition to the thousands of Indigenous Water defenders and their allies holding down the river crossing site at Spirit Camps, a Federal Injunction was filed by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to challenge DAPL construction.
At an August 24th hearing, the Federal Judge said the ruling would come down in two weeks. The Oceti Sakowin wish to be physically present in DC to speak on behalf of their people and have their voices heard.
Before meeting at the Spirit Camp a week ago (see photo above), the last time the Oceti Sakowin came together was in 1876 at the Battle of the Greasy Grass. This is truly a historic moment, and support is critically needed at this time.
Any amount is greatly appreciated to help transport, feed, and house this envoy of Traditional dignitaries on their trip to DC. It is urgent to fundraise enough for plane tickets within a few days, as flights out of SD and ND are prohibitively expensive!