Hundreds expected to attend the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Spirit Camp to oppose Keystone XL pipeline this weekend.
“We’re trying to devise plans to protect the people from these things like KXL.” – Rosebud Sioux Tribal President Cyril “Whitey” Scott
IDEAL, SOUTH DAKOTA — The Rosebud Sioux Tribe is hosting the Shield the People project this weekend near Ideal, South Dakota called the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Spirit Camp, which is an action to unite together in prayer for protection from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, and ultimately to request President Obama deny the permit for the proposed pipeline.
A planned visit from Ed Schultz from the Ed Show on MSNBC is also planned.
The appearance on the Ed Show on MSNBC is part of an ongoing dialogue that will make known the Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s and the Oceti Sakowin’s opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
Crews from the Shield the People Project, and the Ideal, Ihanktowan, and Rosebud tribal communities have erected tipis, and a fortified wall of 1,500 lb. grass bales to surround the spiritual encampment. A cooking tent has been put up also along with a tipi that will be manned twenty-four hours a day until either the proposed Keystone XL pipeline permit is denied or the ground gets broken with pipeline construction.
“We’re trying to devise plans to protect the people from these things like KXL,” stated Rosebud Sioux Tribal President Cyril “Whitey” Scott. “We’ve made an oath to protect you and we’re going to do that,” President Scott further added.
Tribal representatives from the Oceti Sakowin (7 Council fires), Nebraska, Montana, and South Dakota are anticipated to attend the Spirit camp opening. Representatives from the Cowboy Indian Alliance in Nebraska are also anticipated to attend.
This Spiritual Camp is the first of several concrete actions planned by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe to prevent the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from passing through the Rosebud territory.
The spirit camp is one of several planned actions that can be taken by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in defense of its lands to prevent encroachment by the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
This Spirit Camp is backed by tribal resolution, the will of the people, and united prayers for protection over the land from the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
The opening ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at approximately 12 noon.
The Ed Show producers and staff will be around the reservation filming for a live show and a planned documentary and will attend the opening ceremony. An ABC affiliate has also notified that they will be in the area filming the opening ceremony. The event will be streamed live with a link to be provided later on the Oyate Wahacanka Woecun
The weekend will be full of activity as the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Spirit Camp opens; the Oceti Sakowin will hold a meeting at the Fort Randall Casino on the Yankton Sioux Reservation; and there will be a grassroots meeting on the Lower Brule Reservation to request that the Lower Brule Tribal administration rescind permission for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to build a power line across their land. This proposed power line will then cross the Rosebud Sioux Reservation and connect to the pipeline very near to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Spirit Camp Location. The power line is needed to supply electricity to one of the Keystone XL pipeline pump stations, thus making it a very important part of their infrastructure.
On April 27, 2014, the Cowboy Indian Alliance which includes the Rosebud Sioux Tribe amongst others will also travel to Washington, D.C. to make public demands of President Obama to deny the proposed Keystone XL pipeline permit.
Oyate Wahacanka Woecun is a project established to make known the intentions and will of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in opposition to the social and environmental impacts of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Project.