I Stand with Standing Rock

Photographer- Vanessa Acosta @fromabolivian // Model - Kristen Pickrell @kristenpickrellplusmodel

Photographer- Vanessa Acosta @fromabolivian // Model - Kristen Pickrell @kristenpickrellplusmodel

Good morning (afternoon) ladies and gentlemen.  It is a chilly morning in Las Vegas and I am currently bundled up on the couch as I type this up for you. Louie, a year old corgi, is constantly jumping on me asking for attention and I am not one to deny him love. After all, he has the cutest face in all of Vegas.

This morning, I would like to raise awareness to Standing Rock.

Many of you, if not most of you, have heard about the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. The Dakota Access Pipeline is $3.7 billion project that became public in July 2014 and is an oil pipeline that would begin in Bakken oil fields in North West Dakota and travel south-east to an oil tank farm near Patoka, Illinois. Additionally, it would cross over the Missouri River in more than one location which raises concerns as the water could become contaminated if there were a spill or leak. The water from this river is a source of drinking and irrigation for thousands of individuals.

The pipeline is scheduled to start January 1, 2017 and Native Americans have been peacefully protesting against the construction of the pipeline that threatens the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s way of life – their water, people and land.  In addition to Native Americans, celebrities and individuals from around the world have come together to fight for this cause. Unfortunately, hundreds of protesters have been arrested, three hundred have been injured and twenty-six have been taken to the hospital due to the harsh conditions arising. Individuals are being shot with rubber bullets, tear gassed and hit with water cannons in freezing temperatures. Despite all of that, protesters are not letting up, if anything the numbers are growing as Veterans plan to join the movement. 

About a month ago on November 1 Obama announced that his administration in monitoring the movement and is looking into the possibility of rerouting the pipeline to avoid the lands Native Americans hold sacred.       

Here is how you can help The Standing Rock Sioux fight the Dakota Access Pipeline.
-Sign the petition to the white House here and here
-Send supplies to The Sacred Stone Camp, P.O. Box 1101, Fort Yates, ND 58538 or 202 Main St., Fort Yates, ND 58538. 
-Donate to Standing Rock Sioux: The tribe is solicitation donations for legal, sanitary and emergency purposes via PayPal. You can also contribute by mailing a check (payable to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe- Donations) to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Attention: Donations, P.O. Box D, Building #1, North Standing Rock Ave., Fort Yates, ND 58538.
-Donate to the protesters' legal fund for the legal bills for protesters are piling up and they are asking for help in paying processing fees. The PayPal account is freshetcollective@gmail.com.
-Pick up the phone and raise your voice in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Call North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple at 701/328-2200; The White House at 202/456-111; Army Corps of Engineers, which issued the permit allowing construction of the pipeline at 202/761-5903; 
-Volunteer to help Sacred Stone Camp if you have legal or media skills: email sacredstonecamp@gmail.com or phone 701/301-2238.
-Educate yourself an others on what is happening at Standing Rock and what the Dakota Access Pipeline is. 

I stand with Standing Rock!
Keep on keepin' on!