Ft. Yates Standing Rock Sioux Tribe – From July 6th – 7th, the Sacred Stone Camp hosted the Mni Wiconi Water is Life Youth Festival at Sitting Bull College. The festival featured music, arts, films and workshops.
The festival brought youth together for an opportunity to attend hands on workshops in areas like song writing, photography, film editing, painting and more. The workshops were ran by Myron Dewey, Brian Frejo, Happy Frejo, Joey Montoya, Ryan Redcorn, Alex Schein, and Sol Guy.
In addition, youth got an opportunity to learn about the current status in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline and other projects impacting Tribal lands from Ladonna Bravebull Allard and Matt Remle.
The festival concluded with a symbolic killing of the Black Snake pipeline when youth and adults worked together in an event called Pull and Rise sponsored by Tsubasa Kato.
Festival video by Women’s Indigenous Media
Photos from festival
Photos taken by K.J. Marie Shakespeare who worked with Ryan Redcorn