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Greg Grey Cloud being led away from Senate chambers by police after bursting into a Lakota song following the narrow defeat of legislation that would have enabled construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Video: Watch Lakota Song Unhinge Sen. Warren After Keystone XL Vote

ICTMN Staff
11/19/14

As Senator Elizabeth Warren announced that the Keystone XL pipeline vote had failed to pass, the wailing strains of the Lakota unci maka wiwayang wacipi song floated down from the gallery.

It was Greg Grey Cloud, enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and founder of Wica Agli, a group created to bring back traditional values of masculinity and eradicate violence against women and children.

“Grandfather look at me, I am standing here struggling, I am defending Grandmother Earth and I am chasing peace,” Grey Cloud sang, according to a translation he provided to the  Lakota Voice .

“The court will restore order,” Warren said, as police moved in and led away several people, including Grey Cloud.

The Senate had just narrowly voted down a bill that would have enabled construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The 59 votes in favor and 41 against came just one shy of the 60 votes needed to pass the legislation, which had prevailed in the U.S. House of Representatives with a 252–161 vote on November 14.

RELATED: Environmental Advocates Deride House Passage of Keystone XL Legislation

President Barack Obama had said he would veto the measure even if it passed both houses of Congress. Nevertheless it sets the stage for a larger battle in the Republican-controlled Congress whose new members will take office next year.

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Meanwhile, as Senator Elizabeth Warren announced the vote and attempted to move the agenda along, Lakota singers led by Grey Cloud began what many media outlets referred to as a “chant.” It can be heard below, both fueling and accompanying Warren’s stolid attempt to “restore order.”

Grey Cloud told the Lakota Voice that Capitol police carried him outside and arrested him. The Rosebud Sioux Reservation resident was released five hours later with a court date of December 10. 

The song was “not just from me, but my brothers in Wica Agli,” Grey Cloud told the Lakota Voice. “We’re defending our women and children in our community. The song itself was very influential for why I sang that here.”

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
Wait . . . this is the SAME Elizabeth Warren who said she was part Cherokee? You'd think she be a little LESS insistent on Mr. Grey Cloud's arrest.

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Submitted by Flower on
I LOVE the moment when they all stopped what they were doing and looked toward the direction where the singing was coming from... PRICELESS! For a brief moment Native voices were heard and listened to.. it's too bad that moments like this bring out hateful comments or jokes about our people on social media rather than good thoughts, support, and respect.

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Submitted by Chooj on
I would hardly call what I saw on this video as seeing the Cherokee Princess Senator becoming "unhinged." You don't need to sensationalize headlines, ICTMN Staff.

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Chooj
Submitted by Chooj on
I would hardly call what I saw on this video as seeing the Cherokee Princess Senator becoming "unhinged." You don't need to sensationalize headlines, ICTMN Staff.

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Chooj
Submitted by Chooj on
I would hardly call what I saw on this video as seeing the Cherokee Princess Senator becoming "unhinged." You don't need to sensationalize headlines, ICTMN Staff.

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
I would say the atmosphere in the room was more "mildly amused" than unhinged. This bothers me more than had they become angry.

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Submitted by angryduck on
What's even more disturbing is jackass Senator McCain laughing it up on the far right.
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