Standing Rock ~ Stories from the Front-lines ~ 11-7-16

Kristeen Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe

Reminding people not everything is bad; stories of truth, of connecting with old friends and making new ones, learning new skills, showing respect and integrity, love, laughter, fun and working together as a community. PLEASE share these stories with you friends and acquaintances; the world needs to know, not only about the atrocities being committed but of the good which has come from the enormity of this stance against evil. Sincerely,Kristeen Irigoyen-Hernandez

11-7-16 ~ © Emily Levine … A few days ago I posted biographical information on Matilda Galpin, Waŋblí Ayútepiwiŋ (Eagle Woman Who All Look At), one of the women buried on the top of the hill. I thought people might want to see what she looked like. I believe history is important. These are real people, from not so very long ago.
Keepin it real.
>>As far as I know, nothing has happened to her grave.<<

For those who don't know who Matilda Galpin (Eagle Woman Who All Look At) was, again, here is the footnote I wrote for the book I edited. For those of you sharing the image, feel free to cut and paste this info if you want (with the credit):

"1. Mathilda Galpin, Mathilda Picotte, Eagle Woman That All Look At, Waŋblí Ayútepiwiŋ (Waŋblí=eagle, ayúta=to be looking at, pi=plural indicator, 1820-December 18, 1888): A major figure in Standing Rock history and a fascinating full blood woman, Eagle Woman was born on the east bank of the Missouri River south of the future site of Ft. Pierre. She was the daughter of Two Lance (Wahúkheza núŋpa) of the Two Kettle band and his first wife, Rosy Light of Dawn (Iyošahinapȟa) of the Húŋkpapȟa. At the age of eighteen, she married prominent French Canadian fur trader Honoré Picotte who rose in the ranks of the American Fur Company to become the General Agent for the Company’s Upper Missouri Outfit. Picotte had been married to two other D/Lakota women as well, but in the late 1840s, he returned to his French wife in St. Louis leaving Eagle Woman with their two daughters and a stepson. By early 1850, she had married Picotte’s protégée, Charles E. Galpin. By all accounts, the following nineteen years forged a close marriage and partnership that resulted in two additional daughters.

Eagle Woman served as an interpreter during crucial negotiations between the army and the so-called hostile Indians. During the 1865 and 1868 councils with Father De Smet, she was respected by army officers and warriors alike. Her husband’s journal kept during the journey of the Peace Commissioners is especially interesting (see Rev. Louis Pfaller, O.S.B., “The Galpin Journal: Dramatic Record of an Odyssey of Peace,” Montana: The Magazine of Western History, 18 (2): 2-23). When Galpin died the following year, Eagle Woman continued to operate their trading post near the Cannonball River, in spite of powerful government and commercial interests that tried to prevent her continued success.

Her stature among her people grew as she served as a peacekeeper, signer of the Agreement of 1882, and major trader on the upper Missouri River. Eagle Woman Who All Look At died at her daughter’s home, the Cannonball Ranch, on December 18, 1888. John S. Gray’s “The Story of Mrs. Picotte-Galpin, a Sioux Heroine,” an in depth two-part article, is the best published source on Eagle Woman’s life. See also Holley, Once Their Home."

11-7-16 ~ Myron Dewey … I now see what my ancestors have seen, my “Existence is my Resistance”

I will continue to pray in resistance and as the Ghost Dance was done in prayer, the difference today is the world is watching in solidarity and we are the media…..filming through Indigenous Eyes.

11-7-16 ~ Lee Sprague…. Memories: Father Daughter first time getting maced together. My daughter Ahjani comments after yeterdays Peace Action by Water Protectors at Standing Rock against DAPL.


Michigan Canoes set up a first aide station on “Turtle Island” occupied by the Dakota Access Pipeline Security forces. We used our canoes as shelters.

We carried hypothermia kits, space blankets, wool blankets, hat and gloves. Eye wash for maced eyes, we also had gas masks and protective eye gear.


The first time I was maced, I was out for 5 minutes, eyes burned, hard to breath. I did not have my gas mask on.

Then it felt better, a little, and we continued to deliver first aid.



Once our first aid station was maced, the Water Protectors ổn shore ưsed our canoes to cross the river to Turtle Island. Ropes were tied to both ends of the canoe, and peoples, first aid and safety supplies were ferried accross the river at Standing Rock. Over 200 people crossed the river to Turtle Island.

Amos Cloud, and the Man in the Coyote Skin Hat were with us on the Turtle Island.



A fire was built. Defensive Baier made of wood blocked DAPL Security Forces from getting to our beach by foot.

Tear gas was fired by boat at us.

Andrea Waitner and Joseph and many others were our shores crew. Helping to unload and load our canoes, and replenish first aid kits in the waterproof bags we carry.

The second time we were maced I was better prepared with gas masks. We continued to help people in the water.

One of our life guards was in the water 4 hours, helping people struggling in the water.

When our water protector action was over, we were able to secure all requests equipment, all canoes and trailer. All of our Canoe rescue workers. A few people had hypothermia, and we were able to assist them, keep them warm.

I have no pictures of the water protectors peace action on the Island, just pictures of us putting our canoes in the water with DAPL forces in speed boats. The Police forces on the ridge were directly above us. But have a few from Camp. Our solar powered station is operational. We are putting up telephone poles, using our 18 foot cedar poles, to light up our camp. This phone was charged by solar.

New telephone poles earlier this morning. We stay busy.


Batteries bank and equipment inside our teepee, powers light for winter light. One of our projects, in addition to our rescue canoes from Michigan by many who helped us to travel hêre.


I never imagined I’d be living in a solar powered teepee in North Dakota for winter. We have some more work, then take some R&R off the front line. Our camp I surrounded by DAPL Security Forces. There are surveillance flight over head. We mostly ignore them, and work together a community.

Not even two days and I smell tired. Thêre ảe folks hêre for months. They need our continued support.

11-7-16 ~ Female Water Protectors BRUTALIZED By Oil Police
Lauren Howland… Jicarilla Apache 21 yr. old girl whose arm was broken


11-7-16 ~ Indigenous Rising Media …. Water protectors reclaimed “turtle island” near the Cannon Ball River. This sacred land holds many people that are buried there.

Morton County Sheriffs and other law enforcement have set up their station on top the buried ancestors. This is a continuation of the disrespect and ignorance towards the territory of the people of Standing Rock.

11-7-16 ~ Dallas Goldtooth… Morton County sheriff’s department erected this barricade to keep our people from moving north to stop construction.
One of thier stated reasons they made this move was because they say we were blocking the road from Emergency Services accessing our camp.

So they erect this…essentially blocking the road from Emergency Services accessing our camp. Oh the irony…..


11-6-16 Groovyyurts – Authentic Mongolian Yurts just ran out of inventory until Spring of 2017 because they dedicated their efforts to support Standing Rock! They lent out dozens of yurts to various groups of campers and water protectors at discounted prices. Next time you’re down at camp you’ll know where all those Mongolian Yurts came from. (y) #bethechange#nodapl


11-5-16 ~ Lee Sprague and Brad Kallio…. Conspiracy to Commit Peace. After they arrested a water protector for buying kayaks, we’re making our intentions clear. We are hêre to commit peace, and Protect Water.

From Law Enforcement:
“Law enforcement arrested one individual who was aiding in illegal activity by purchasing canoes and kayaks to be used for crossing the waterway. He was arrested for conspiracy to commit obstruction of a government function.”

Surely the Police and Military forces will let the Indigenous Red Cross through. That’s who we are, the Indigenous Red Cross.

We’re not going to let them confiscate our canoes, and emergency relief supplies, to impair abilities to conduct water rescues.

We are on the final leg into Standing Rock.



11-5-16 ~ Chad Charlie… Let me give you a little backstory to this photo from what I witnessed first hand…

The young girl that is being maced is a Warrior with a capital W.

The rope that she has in her hand is tied to a line of logs. She was tying those logs to a post in the water. That was a tactic to prevent the National Guard boats (the ones that shot a reporter on shore from their boat) from approaching the warriors in the water.

As she swam up to the post, the officer came and tried to prevent her from tying the line. He maced her for 5-7 seconds. When he stopped, she continued to tie the rope. He maced her again and they went back and forth from tying and macing about four times. She finally succeeded in tying the line and made it back to the medics.

After being maced about four times for 5-7 seconds each time, I am more proud of this woman’s drive to protect her people than I am angry at this so-called police officer attacking her with some sort of passion.

As he sits at home tonight, I hope that he sees this photo and takes time to think about the trauma and torture he is putting our people through.

The next time he says to himself “I would never harm a woman” or “No man better bring harm to my daughter” I hope he thinks back to this time when he tortured a woman protecting her people from trigger happy officers armed to violently put us down with a smile on their smug little faces.

If anyone can identify this warrior, please do and give her thanks. She is truly a hero in my eyes.


11-4-16 ~ Waniya Locke …. So in case you haven’t heard, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple said that he wants to charge people who are donating to the #NoDAPL effort with “supporting an unlawful activity.” I think it is HILARIOUS! What is he going to do? Charge the Episcopal Church? Charge the City of Seattle? Charge the entire cast of the Justice League?

He has lost his mind. He is seriously mentally ill…the blind emperor leading his blindly-believing public. North Dakota’s government and its law enforcement are on the WRONG side of history, and their racist minions will go down in history as the people who attacked prayerful Native Americans who are just trying to protect Mother Earth from further destruction.
I hope that this will only solidify your efforts to help us. I hope that you will consider your donations to be public service, because our cause is just and the people have good hearts. Stand strong with us!

North Dakota…#MississippiOfTheNorth

11-4-16 ~ Kandi Mossett…

“2 Policemen cried and 3 put down their batons and set them beside them instead of in front of their chests. Thank you for listening, thank you for crying with us. Thank you for showing us your humanity. Thank you for showing us your tears.”

11-4-16 ~ Chad Charlie… Personal account:
Last night I prayed for this to be over.
I am tired.
I’ve been out here for three months at nearly every action hoping that it would be the last.
Last night I prayed for the “last stand” to just hurry up and come.

I am tired.
I’m ready to either go back home to visit my mom, or go home to be with my late grandpa, hoping he’d be proud of me.

Last night I prayed that wherever the next action may lead to, those officers with guns held to our face think about why we are doing this.

Last night I prayed that if these officers go as far as to use those live rounds again, at least my children would have something to be proud of when I’m gone.

The fear of escalation is a real thing here.

Now replace that word “escalation” with the word “death”.
I am tired.

11-3-16 ~ But Smokey rides again… It’s good to see him, finally. And see him riding again, after Morton County Sheriff’s deputies tased and killed his horse about 6 days ago (please see the earlier post). And shot Smokey three times with rubber bullets (knocked him backwards off the horse).
He’s doing well–I’m very happy to say.

11-3-16 ~ Rudy TwoMoon … So the clergy arrived. 524 yrs of ignoring the cries of their victims.. sure, use their voices and numbers, but remember this…. they carry the church on their backs. They may mean well and even some of them may even believe in their stance, but when they leave, they won’t take the church home with em….that shit stays. They will look you in the eye and remind us how they fought a struggle with us… never mind the 500 yrs of non stop oppression we haven’t healed from. That was yrs ago and today is a new dawn they’ll say. As we fight the black snake, pay very close attention to the white snake at your side… always plotting for gain…. waiting to consume. The church has never done anything for another, for the purpose of just giving, it’s only for gain. These clergy have been sent by the UN. These are the Jesuits, Knights of the Red Cross your forefathers feared and we’re murdered by. While we focus on their weaponless hands, let’s not forget, this is how they always started an invasion….. with promise of peace hope and love. Never forget, the church’s continuous past actions. Never forget, the church runs the largest military on the planet. Never forget, they will turn on anyone who doubts their ideals of God without a second thought. Remember, we are nothing but disposable gain, a throw away. Fine, use the clergy, but don’t ever forget what they are and never underestimate them…ever.

11-3-16 ~ Redhawk … There have been at least 2 reports of police officers turning in their badges acknowledging that this battle is not what they signed up for. You can see it in some of them, that they do not support the police actions. We must keep reminding them they are welcome to put down their weapons and badge and take a stand against this pipeline as well.
Some are waking up.

11-2-16 ~ ProlificTheRapper … NEW EVIDENCE: This is what happens in America when we let our politicians get bought by Big Oil Corporations. ON 10-27-16 they SHOT A LIVE LETHAL ROUND at one of our UNARMED YOUTH HORSE RIDERS WHO WAS RIDING AWAY FROM THEM. This is a police state, this is not American, this is Fascism.

Human rights abuses galore. People being held in dog kennels. Police Brutality, Reckless Endangerment, Lines blurred between DAPL security/police, Zero Police Accountability, Police taking orders from unidentified masked men, Illegal Search and Seizures, Unjust charges pressed on Journalists, Egregious Felonies placed on protectors, Excessive bond sought by states attorney, NO CHARGES ON POLICE OR SECURITY TO DATE (none for the dog attacks, or illegal shooting of drones, or the DAPL infiltrator who broke through a barricade chasing protectors with an AR-15).

And for what? For wanting a FULL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT. For wanting fair inclusion of tribes concerns on projects that affect their water, graves & sacred sites. For wanting human rights abuses to stop. For wanting clean water.

Everyday that we delay this pipeline is $6,000,000 that DAPL loses. This is why we have seen an escalation of police/DAPL violence. This police state was made possible when the ND Governor declared a State Of Emergency. Those emergency powers give him the ability to change the rules governing the agencies involved as he sees fit. But he needs to portray us as a dangerous, riotous, hazard to public safety in order to justify this police state. That is why it’s so important for the world to see the true story, beyond infiltrators, that we are peaceful no matter what violence and injustice they perpetrate on us. SEE THE LAWS HERE
Despite everything we remain with prayer.
Obama needs to step in NOW, not later, NOW.

11-2-16 ~ Erin Schrode … Speechless. I was shot by militarized police WHILE interviewing a peaceful man at Standing Rock live on camera. I woke up this morning with the thought that I may have that very footage – and broke down in reliving the 40-second horror before my own eyes. Warning: it’s very very difficult to watch and sent me into quivers and tears, even without the compounding historic trauma that Native Americans face.

I do not wish to divert focus away from the bravery of the Water Protectors, from the power of nonviolent direct action, from the people fighting for their lives and for our futures – but I want you to witness the indiscriminate use of excessive force firsthand. Many have said that militarized police firing a rubber bullet at a female reporter was a fabrication, provoked by violence, or otherwise merited, including a Morton County, North Dakota press release. That is a lie; we have proof and eyewitnesses (cc Josh Fox, Matt McGorry, Jordan Chariton, Josue Rivas, Evan Simon, Josh Fox, Wes Mekasi Horinek, Kendrick Sampson, Doug Pineda, Doug Good Feather and countless more).

I was standing innocently onshore, not making any aggressive gestures, never exchanging a single word with the police who fired at my lower back from their boat. Peaceful souls were seeking to cross the river to hold a prayer circle on Army Corps public land, but halted by over one hundred hostile military police armed with and deploying tear gas, pepper spray, batons, and rubber bullets, as well as assault weapons and the threat of jail, only one week after 141 individuals were brutally arrested. I was shot at pointblank range, dozens were maced and pepper sprayed in the face, hundreds faced freezing waters. There were no arrests or deaths and I will be okay physically, but the safety and wellbeing of many peoples and lands remain in danger, for present and future generations.

Thank you for your prayers, for your action in calling upon our President, government and Department of Justice to halt this atrocity immediately, for showing up and donating to support this fight for human rights, for the environment, for peace. Please continue to pray for the strength and protection of all peoples, for the physical pain, for the emotional trauma, for the desecrated land. #StandWithStandingRock #NoDAPL



Native American Heritage Month

just scroll past the stories you’ve already read

News Articles and Updates ~ Oceto Sakowin
Nov. 2016 You Tube Video’s ~ Standing Rock
2016 You Tube Video Archive ~ Standing Rock
How You Can Help Standing Rock? #NODAPL
Standing Rock history
Without Water We Can Not Exist
Stories from the Frontlines ~ Standing Rock
Atrocities at Standing Rock and Police Weaponry
Trusted News Sources ~ Standing Rock
Standing Rock Camps #Water Is Life

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