Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio is Live


 

By Brenda Norrell

Photos by Michelle Cook, Dine'

 

CANNON BALL, North Dakota -- The grassroots live radio station, Standing Rock's Spirit Resistance Radio, began broadcasting live on Monday morning, after a satellite was installed on Sunday.

Thousands of Native Americans have gathered to protect the Missouri River from an underwater crude oil pipeline, Dakota Access Pipeline, which threatens their water supply.

The radio station is now broadcasting live online at http://70.36.233.184:8777/gov. The station was already live in camp at 87.9 FM.

As the station went online, Native Americans gathered outside the law firm of Dakota Access Pipeline in Bismarck, N.M., to remind the law firm of the sacredness of water. 

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On Monday, with the launch of the live online show, there was an immediate search underway for more bandwidth, due to the number of listeners.

Listen to the first 17 shows of Spirit Resistance Radio on Censored News: 

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Before the satellite was installed, Govinda Dalton of Earthcycles, producer, was driving the audios out of camp. The audios were then posted on Censored News, due to the lack of Internet service in camp.

A delegation of Apache and Dine’ (Navajo) youths were among those interviewed on Spirit Resistance Radio. Naelyn Pike, Apache, described how Arizona Sen. John McCain sold out the Apaches by giving Resolution Copper their sacred place of Oak Flat in Arizona. McCain put the land exchange in the defense spending bill to avoid public detection and outrcry at the time.

Spirit Resistance Radio interviewed Lakota elders and youths, along with young Lakota entrepreneurs from Rosebud who are beekeepers selling their honey, and those whose lives are being transformed by being at the camp.

“It is no longer a camp, it is a village,” said Govinda Dalton, producer, who has been broadcasting Indigenous news and struggles as a volunteer for more than a decade on Earthcycles.

Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, and attorneys have been interviewed on Spirit Resistance Radio.

The issues range from the Rights of Nature, with roots in Bolivia and Ecuador, to a series recorded around the campfire at night. This includes Lakota elders speaking on healing the trauma of boarding schools with ceremonies.

Tlingit water and medicine songs from Alaska are included in the radio programs, which began with an interview with Waniya Locke, Lakota mother and teacher. Michelle Cook, Dine’, on the legal team in camp, describes her personal journey here.

Native American water defenders speak passionately on protecting the Missouri River for future generations.

Radio stations across the country are now requesting to rebroadcast the shows. The first was in Tampa, Florida.

Two Worlds Indigenous Radio, on WMNF community radio station in Tampa iis broadcasting Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio. The station began with Mekasi Camp Horinek, Ponca, describing the first days of the blockade of the pipeline construction by Camp of the Sacred Stones.

Truckloads of hundreds of pounds of buffalo meat, pallets of drinking water, along with camping supplies for the winter ahead, are now arriving at the camp. Trucks have arrived from the Crow Nation, Cheyenne Arapaho Nation, and Cherokee Nation. The Standing Rock Sioux Nation brought in a tractor-trailer size refrigerator freezer for the donated food. Cooks from across Indian country are cooking over fires, producing meals of buffalo, elk and fresh fruits.

 

Photos by Michelle Cook, Dine': Radmilla Cook, Dine', cooks over an open fire in camp. Photo 2: Govinda Dalton, producer, with Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network, with new satellite installed on Sunday. The station is now live.

 

 
 
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About Brenda Norrell

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.

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Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.