The camp is named for the Iŋyaŋ Wakháŋagapi Othí: the sacred stones for which this area was originally named. Later called cannonballs by colonizers, they are large, spherical stones that were created by the confluence of currents where the Cannonball and Missouri rivers meet. The rivers stopped producing these sacred stones when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredged and flooded the rivers in the 1950’s.
When the Native people refer to the pipeline as a black snake, they are referencing an old Lakota prophecy that speaks of a black snake (zuzeca sape) crossing the land, bringing with it destruction and devastation.
Listen to the Update from people on the ground, information on the deployment of the National Guard and how people are being called to come to the camp and stand in solidarity.