Pipeline Resistance Camps

On April 1st, 2016 the Sacred Stone Camp was erected to oppose the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. The camp, along with the Oceti Sakowin Camp, helped bring global awareness to Indigenous peoples and the fight against environmental racism, protecting treaty rights and water protection.

While the camps were cleared by a joint force of police, National Gaurd, Dept of Homeland Security, and other agencies, their global impact is undeniable.

While Sacred Stone Camp was not the first of its kind, a spirit camp was erected on the Rosebud Sioux reservation to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline and the Unist’ot’en Camp has been in existence for years, it helped to propel global aweness on Indigenous issues and motivated thousands to take action against the Dakota Access pipeline.

The Dakota Access pipeline is, of course, just one of many pipelines proposed to cross Tribal lands and waterways that is being opposed by Tribal communities and others.


Below is a list pipeline resistance camps compiled by the Unist’ot’en Camp.

Cheyenne River Sioux Pow Wow Grounds – Eagle Butte, SD
Resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline

The Stand – Lancaster, PA
Resisting the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp – NJ Resisting the Pilgrim Pipeline

Sabal Trail Resistance Camp – Live Oak, FL
Resisting the Sabal Trail Pipeline

Diamond Resistance Camp – Mvskoke County, OK
Resisting the Diamond Pipeline

Two Rivers Camp – Marfa, TX
Resisting the Trans Pecos Pipeline

Earth Mother/Little Creek Camp – Iowa City, IA
Resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline

Unist’ot’en Camp, British Columbia, Canada, Resisting Pacific Trails Pipeline and the Coastal Gas Link Pipeline

Madii Lii Camp fighting the proposed Prince Rupert Natural Gas Pipeline, BC Canada

Lelu Island fighting the proposed Petronas LNG Plant, BC Canada

And soon, there may be a camp against Trans Mountain Kinder Morgan pipeline in Secwepemc Nation Territory, Canada

As well as many camps along the proposed Line 3 project across many territories spanning the width of Canada

Across Turtle Island, these camps are a part of the continued resistance to Western colonization, as Tribal Nations battle to protect treaty rights, medicines, traditional foods, spirituality and Ina Maka (Mother Earth).

Posted by Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Matt Remle- Lakota)

Matt Remle (Lakota- center) is an editor and writer for Last Real Indians and LRInspire follow at @wakiyan7

Matt Remle (Lakota- center) is an editor and writer for Last Real Indians and LRInspire follow at @wakiyan7

1 thought on “Pipeline Resistance Camps

  1. Jesse Beeson and Steven Thompson Oaks Lit a Sacred Fire and have started a Camp at the West Gate of The Akwesasne Reservation in up state New York

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