Wiconi Un Tipi

Wiconi Un Tipi, loosely defined, means, “the way we live when we live in community.”

In the first Keystone XL fight, Dakota Rural Action members stood side by side with our indigenous neighbors and allies to protect the land and water from corporate greed and the politicians who pave the way for its exploitation.

We won that fight, and in 2016 many DRA members and staff traveled to support the people at Standing Rock during the standoff over the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). In those months, we renewed our friendships and our commitment to standing up for the land and all its people.

Now, facing the resurrection of the Keystone XL pipeline under the Trump administration, we have reconvened the NoKXLDakota alliance. In addition to actively resisting the pipeline both on the ground and in the courts, Dakota Rural Action is working to support Wiconi Un Tipi Camp on the Lower Brule Reservation.

Wiconi Un Tipi gardens feed camp residents and community members fresh, wholesome foods.

The focus of Wiconi Un Tipi is not only pipeline resistance–it is a place to continue building on the indigenous culture, identity, and sovereignty that re-emerged in the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) Camp at Standing Rock, as well as to build a resilient, sustainable community and forge enduring relationships and understanding with non-Native allies.

Dakota Rural Action is honored to serve as a fiscal sponsor of the Wiconi Un Tipi Camp, allowing supporters to contribute funding for supplies and infrastructure. Your donation to Wiconi Un Tipi goes 100% to support the camp; additional donations to Dakota Rural Action fund our organization’s work, staff time, and travel.

This webpage is still under construction, but we are currently raising funds to expand the capacity of the camp kitchen and renewable energy infrastructure before winter sets in.