Get on the bus to Standing Rock: Only the people, masses of people, can stop the Black Snake, the evil pipeline


by Cole Huther, Bay View correspondent in Standing Rock

Based in the Oceti Oyate camp, which is on land claimed by the Army Corps of Engineers, we have a clear view of the incredible amount of work that needs to be done to resist the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Black Snake that legend says will come some day and poison the water, the water of life.

The Bay Area turns out in force, repeatedly, for Standing Rock – this march in San Francisco to persuade Wells Fargo to divest from the evil Dakota Access Pipeline, the Black Snake. – Photo: Carole Seligman

At the current moment, parts of the camp are in the process of being relocated as the camp is expected to be invaded when the evacuation deadline, set by the Army Corps of Engineers, arrives Feb. 22. Oceti Oyate is in urgent need of both skilled and unskilled labor to not only assist in the day-to-day camp operations, but to assist in the deconstruction, transport and reconstruction of tipis, yurts, and tarpis.

To aid in this goal, Hanson Lee, acting with the Buddhist Tinkers, who have the audio and video recording equipment to present the views of the water protectors on the ground, is in the process of organizing a bus to transport people from the Bay Area to Standing Rock.

Oceti Oyate is in urgent need of both skilled and unskilled labor.

The fight here in Standing Rock is not over. The courageous people here, in the face of practically overwhelming military force, are dedicated to protecting their land.

Consider this a personal call to action. The oil must not flow through Native land. It is important to remember that the Dakota Access Pipeline is being built on Standing Rock tribal land, land that even the U.S. government recognizes is theirs in a treaty signed in 1851. That treaty, however, has been continually broken since 1868.

This is not only a fight for water, the lifeblood of all, but a fight for the self-determination of indigenous peoples, who, time and time again, have been persecuted, abused and manipulated by the United States government that occupies land it stole from Native peoples. The United States will never willfully, without Native resistance, concede to the Native peoples because that would amount to an admission that tyranny, blood and racist injustice forms the historical basis for the United States.

The fight here in Standing Rock is not over. The courageous people here, in the face of practically overwhelming military force, are dedicated to protecting their land.

As KRS-One once said, “There could never really be justice on stolen land.” This is why Standing Rock, and all morally just people, continue to resist the Black Snake – the dreaded and useless Dakota Access Pipeline.

We must kill the Black Snake. The oil must not flow.

How you can volunteer to get on the bus to Standing Rock

New instructions: Information on the bus to Standing Rock can be found at Watch the first video below to learn more about current events there.

If you want to get on the bus to Standing Rock or have questions, contact Write “BUS TO STANDING ROCK” in the subject line of an email stating your name, phone number, email and any other pertinent information. The organizers will get in touch with you as soon as they can, and the bus will leave as soon as 10 people sign up. More trips may be arranged for between March 13-30.

Here’s what you need to know before you get on the bus:

  • A can-do attitude is the only passport required on this multi-day journey across America with people who have already built relations on site.
  • You will be taught: Sub-zero survival, traditional native songs, volunteer training, non-violent/non-physical confrontation de-escalation tactics and how to share and live communally.
  • Skilled and unskilled volunteers appreciated alike! Unskilled volunteers are brought up to speed and have critical community support tasks that make even the normal person a valuable asset at Standing Rock.
  • Skills that would help: PTSD and trauma counselors, medical vocation, heavy or light building experience, joke telling and merriment support, mechanic tech, crew organizers, generally strong people, wood chopping and cooks.
Cole Huther can be reached at However, access to anyone at Standing Rock is intermittent at best.


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