Since April, Native American activists and environmentalists have been protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would run nearly 1,172 miles and carry over half a million barrels of crude oil a day from the Bakken Oil Fields in North Dakota to refineries in Pataoka, Illinois. A part of this $3.8 billion pipeline is proposed to be built underneath the Missouri River, a water source for millions of people that is near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. Just outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota is where a center of spiritual and cultural opposition to Dakota Access Pipeline, Sacred Stone Camp, is located.

The pipeline would run through treaty lands and desecrate hundreds of archaeological sites that are significant for Native Americans. There was no consultation of tribal leadership by the company trying to building the pipeline, Energy Transfer, and the project was still approved by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

There is also the growing fear that the pipeline could be a real threat to water and the environment. There have been over fifty oil pipeline accidents in the U.S. in the past two years alone, which led to spills, a few deaths, several injuries and destruction of water and wildlife, not to mention the release of toxic, flammable chemicals and carcinogens into the ground, air and water. Energy Transfer Partners claim the project will bring millions of dollars into local economies and create an estimated 8,000 to 12,000 construction jobs.

The pipeline has divided labor unions. Last month, five of the nation’s largest unions sent the White House a letter demanding the president “stand up for American workers” and allow the pipeline to move forward. Other unions have stated their support for the tribe.

According to NBC News, “President Obama weighed in on the pipeline for the first time Tuesday in an interview with NowThis, saying the government was closely monitoring the situation on the ground. ‘My view is that there is a way for us to accommodate sacred lands of Native Americans, and I think that right now the army corps is examining whether there are ways to reroute this pipeline,’ said Obama.”


Because most of us can’t be in North Dakota to support in person, here are a dozen ways you can help the the protestors of the Dakota Access Pipeline from Chicagoland (or even from your smartphones or computers):


1. Local artist, organizer and educator, Amara Betty, was overwhelmed with support before heading to North Dakota in early September with a full truck of supplies that had been donated by folks in Pilsen and the large Chicago community. She will be making another trip to ND in November; if you’d like to communicate and stay informed on that trip’s progress, follow Red Warrior Camp.

2. Donate items from the Sacred Stone Camp Supply List directly to their P.O. box :
Sacred Stone Camp
7908 Highway 1806
Cannon Ball, ND  58528

3. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund, a separate fund that goes directly to legal costs for the folks resisting active construction of DAPL.

4. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp GoFundMe, which goes to operational costs of the site.

5. Donate to support the Standing Rock Sioux at their website, by clicking the Donate the DAPL Fund link.


6. Call the executives of Energy Transfer Partners, the corporation that is building the pipeline:

a. Lee Hanse
Executive Vice President
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
San Antonio, Texas 78258
Telephone: (210) 403-6455

b. Glenn Emery
Vice President
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
San Antonio, Texas 78258
Telephone: (210) 403-6762

c. Michael (Cliff) Waters
Lead Analyst
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
1300 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77002
Telephone: (713) 989-2404

7. Call North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple at (701) 328-2200 to demand protections for protestors and and end to hosilitites against them.

8. Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

9. Call the Army Corps of Engineers and demand that they reverse the permit for DAPL: (202) 761-5903


10. This Friday in Chicago, there will be a rally in Daley Plaza from 4-6pm, in solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux and the Sacred Stone Camp. You can also participate in the planning of the rally tomorrow at the American Indian Center- Chicago.

11. This Thursday in Chicago, there will be a Brown & Black Power Hold Vigil event downtown in support of #NoDAPL, which is organized by Lifted Voices and Black Lives Matter: Chicago. More details can be found here.

12. Sign the petition to the White House to Stop DAPL, or sign the petition directed specifically to President Obama.