As Greg Grey Cloud sat in the courtroom waiting for his case to be brought before the judge, he said that he was very nervous. Four other protestors who were inspired by Grey Cloud’s bold actions and sang after him in the Capitol building already had their cases heard. After every other protester was dismissed before him, Grey Cloud kept telling himself that he was next, but incidentally the most well-known of the group who sparked a social media frenzy that day ended up having his case heard last.
Grey Cloud, an enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux tribe and a Native American activist who sang an honor song for the 41 Senators who voted against the Keystone XL Pipeline, had his final court hearing January 12 regarding his case where he was charged with disruption of Congress and disorderly conduct for his actions. After the four other protestors had been dismissed, the judge finally called Grey Cloud to the front of the room. Continue reading Greg Grey Cloud’s Honor Song Case Thrown Out of Court→
Statement from Wica Agli: “All of us want to make it clear that this honor song was not a political stunt. This was an oppurtunity to honor the hard work and courage shown by the Senators who voted against the tarsands pipeline, Tribal leaders, front line pipe line fighters and especially the courage , direction and support of our grandmothers.”
SICANGU LAKOTA OYATE — Greg Grey Cloud made the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Nation’s proud when he belted out the unci makawiwayangwacipi song in Senate Chambers today. Grey Cloud is an enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, co-founder of Wica Agli and an oka wicasa.
Grey Cloud explains the translated song as, “Grandfather look at me, I am standing here struggling, I am defending grandmother earth and I am chasing peace.” He goes on to say that the song was “not just from me, but my brothers in Wica Agli. We’re defending our women and children in our community. The song itself was very influential for why I sang that here.”
From CNN’s video in Senate chambers, Grey Cloud could be heard after the vote failed on the bill that would authorize construction of the KXL pipeline. The bill…
More than 50 protestors against the Keystone XL pipeline posed in front of a replica pipeline on the lawn of Senator Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) residence on Capitol Hill, calling for the lawmaker to drop a vote she initiated in the Senate to approve the controversial fossil fuel project.
Native Americans and landowners from Nebraska joined activists from 350.org at Landrieu’s house early on a rain-soaked Monday morning. They held fluorescent signs saying, “Vote No KXL!” and burnt sage in a Native American ceremony.
Art Tanderup, whose farm in Neligh, Nebraska is on the Keystone XL route, said a Nebraska coalition was “prepared to do what we have to” to keep the pipeline from being built. “We’re here to show [Landrieu] is stepping on a lot of people, stepping on the land, stepping on the water throughout this country,” Tanderup said. “And she doesn’t seem to care about what this pipeline will do and how much of a potential disaster it is at this time.” Continue reading Senator Trying to Ram Keystone XL Through Congress Gets Pipeline on Front Lawn→