8-15-2016: Call to Block Pipeline, Arrests, Horseback Riders Join the Frontlines

8/15/16:  Water Protectors gather in high spirits, riding on horses, chanting, singing, drumming, and praying. Regardless of the high intensity, Protectors manage to maintain distance and safety to avoid any police brutality in retaliation.

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8/15/16:  Water Protectors ride in on Spirit Horses, bringing high emotion with them. The Water Protectors on foot chant, sing, and give their most fiercest warrior cries.

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Waniya Locke documents the first arrests. Morton County Police are witnessed by many and caught on camera breaking first ammendment rights of the Water Protectors.

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Waniya Locke: “Defending through Prayer” (NO AUDIO)

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Waniya Locke: “Defending through Prayer” (NO AUDIO)

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Waniya Locke updates on the changes since the first arrests. Morton County Police removed personal property and replaced flags with new barricades to keep the Water Protectors out of the area they wish to peacefully assemble in. A larger security force is seen. Morton County blocked off Highway 1806, which caused residents of Bismarck to come join the Water Protectors of the Standing Rock Reservation. Men in the background begin a prayer and drum song while Waniya reminds any future Protectors to come in Prayer. Waniya takes note of the Protectors who have come from all over the world to all come in unity and solidarity, giving thanks to those who could let go of past transgressions to do so. As she continues to speak, Morton County Police corral Waniya and the other Water Protectors as an attempt to intimidate them. Waniya continues to explain why exactly the Dakota Access Pipeline is illegal, and takes note of the peaceful way of the Water Protectors. “Remember that we are defending through prayer.”

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Waniya documents the new cement barricades as Water Protectors chant our mantras of solidarity. The unity is apparent in their cries and cheers. Morton County blocks the northside of the highway to stop the residents of Bismarck from joining in the Prayer ceremony.

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Lakota elders lead Water Protectors to join in unity and solidarity as they drum and sing a prayer song, singing their praises of “Mni Wiconi”.

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Water Protectors chant to the DAPL construction workers as they construct on the  burial grounds, imploring them to respect the treaties. Morton County stands by and protects Dakota Access as they commit this heinous crime.

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The Spirit Horse Riders join the Water Protectors on the frontlines. Waniya recounts her eyewitness account of the unlawful arrest of two of the riders. She continues to display the barricades that block the Protectors’ right to peacefully assemble. She tells of the helicopters and planes that survey, the LRAD (long range acoustic device) technology, and beautiful drum circles she has experienced. As she speaks, you can hear and see the construction equipment moving the Lakotas’ sacred land.

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Waniya takes note of all the different Native Tribes that have united for the first time in history in solidarity for this movement. “We are standing for the 10 million people that drink from this river.”

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The horse riders join the frontlines again, sparking high emotion in the Water Protectors. Drummers sing a prayer song in the background. The Protectors work hard to protect each other from the unpredictable, and sometimes violent, police force.

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Horses on the frontlines

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Waniya Locke begins with a Prayer in her Native tongue. She retells her early experiences at camp as her time at Sacred Stone Camp has come to a close, as she decides to go back home to teach.

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8/15/16:  Water Protectors gather in prayer, song, and dance, in Ceremony. The narrator of the video is amazed to see such unity and solidarity for the cause.

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8/15/16 (published 8/16/16):  Twenty-three photos.

 – M. BlueArm

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