92-year-old Marie Brush Breaker Randall takes a stand.

Videos: Standoff at Pine Ridge


Native Impact has posted several videos of the goings-on on the Pine Ridge Reservation, where concerned Lakotas formed a blockade to prevent passage by unauthorized trucks carrying building materials. It was initially thought that the convoy was associated with construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, but according to reports that may not have been the case. In the video below, which has become a YouTube phenomenon, an elderly woman identified as Marie Brush Breaker Randall voices her opposition:

"This is our Reservation. This is our community. Look at 300-and-some children over there, and maybe 1000 people over here. Lakota people. Lakota Nation, we're standing on. And why are they coming through here? Who gave them the permission to come through the Reservation? The Lakota Nation. ... Why don't they tell us what they're carrying? That's one of the things I would like to know for my Lakotas. I'd like to ask them, what are they doing on our Reservation?"

This longer video includes the footage above, and goes on to show the intervention of Tom Poor Bear and South Dakota law enforcement. Ultimately, the trucks were allowed to pass through the Reservation—for the simple reason that there was no place for them to turn around—and five protesters were arrested, but released the same day. Click here to read our report.

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zelbe1's picture
Submitted by zelbe1 on
Hell yeah! Since states want to tax smoke shops and get in on gaming profits, why not charge tolls to non-natives driving through reservations? Its not like states repair or maintain anything in Indian country anyway?

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Submitted by veronicahp on
THANK-YOU to the Lakota people for standing up. No what you found out about this particular truck and its purpose, you strengthen all tribal people by holding accountable colonial capitalists, tribal leadership, and tribal law enforcement. You remind this Anishinaabe-kwe from Michigan of our personal responsibilities to protect our lands. And LOVE that nokomis/grandma speaking up! Miigwetch!