VII generation prophecy

Michela&Emanuela Colombo

2017

North Dakota, United States

The prophecy says: “After 7 generations in close contact with the white people, the time will come when Indian men and women will see the trees die, the animals be born deformed and a big monster in the shape of a black snake slither out of the bowels of the earth and transform the rivers in tides of fire.”

The prophecy says: “After 7 generations in close contact with the white people, whose behavior has caused all this, the Indians will rise up at last and, together again in tribes, they will ask the white oppressors to be heard and that the earth is respected and protected as the Great Spirit teaches.”

The 3.8 billion dollars oil pipeline will transfer oil through the North and South Dakota and Iowa up to Illinois (Black Snake). It poses a threat to the waters of the River Missouri, which is sacred to the Tribes and beneath which it will flow. In August 2016 the Indians, from all tribes, gathered in prayer for a non-violent protest against the white man’s insolence that has thus been ignoring the no-passing zone of the oil pipeline on the lands managed by the Indians. Unity seems restored and with it the strength of overcoming the worsening of the social framework caused by years of arrogance and abuse from the white man at the expense of the native American Indians.

At present in the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, the majority of the population lives below the poverty line, the unemployment rate is at 63%, only one child in five completes the studies and the abuse of alcohol and drugs is very widespread. The suicide rate is higher than in any other American community and depression has become chronic. One Indian woman in three claims to have been raped throughout her life.

The chairman and tribal representative of Standing Rock Reservation, Mr. Dave Archambault II, wonders if his fellow Indians will ever be able to use the self-awareness acquired during the “NoDAPL manifestations” to help themselves, their children and their population to go beyond the decline of the social and economic framework in which they are finding themselves now or if, on the contrary, they won’t make it thus resulting in their sinking into apathy and neglect as prior to the manifestations.

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  • La Donna Brave Bull Allard in her home. On her land began the standing to stop the North Dakota Pipeline. These lands are sacred to the Natives and her son’s grave is situated near the border where the pipeline is supposed to pass. Fort Yates, ND.

  • Water tower. On the way from Cannon Ball to Bismarck Highway 6, ND.

  • Horses at Victoria’s ranch. She is a 47-year-old woman and got married to a native from the Standing Rock Reservation. She has 6 children and she initially joined the protest movement against the pipeline but today she prefers to stay away from the reservation as she claims that drugs and alcohol have arrived there, too. Cannon Ball, ND

  • Prairie McLaughlin, 34. She is LaDonna’s daughter and lives in South Dakota with her 4 children and 2 nephews. She is one of the three founders of the Sacred Stone Camp. She has been at the forefront of the protest since September 2015 but she prefers not to show her face to the media towards which she is suspicious. She thinks that the tribal chairman is very corrupted. Now that the Standing Rock Reservation Camps have been cleared, she wants to carry on with the protest and go to Washington DC and she will go on with it until the voice of her people will be heard. She has a new tattoo on her hand, a permanent mark of the “Water Protectors”. Sacred Stone Camp, Cannon Ball, ND.

  • Muhamad, 8: 3 brothers and 2 sisters. They came from Colorado with their dad in December 2016. They were supposed to stay at the Sacred Stone Camp for 2 or 3 days but following these events, they remained there at least until the camp was closed in March 2017. They attended home schooling at the camp and lived in a Yurt.. Sacred Stone Camp, Cannon Ball, ND

  • Cori,12: 3 brothers and 2 sisters. They came from Colorado with their dad in December 2016. They were supposed to stay at the Sacred Stone Camp for 2 or 3 days but following these events, they remained there at least until the camp was closed in March 2017. They attended home schooling at the camp and lived in a Yurt.. Sacred Stone Camp, Cannon Ball, ND

  • On the way from Cannon Ball to Bismarck. ND

  • On the way from Cannon Ball to Bismarck. ND

  • James. He is a drug addicted and has no opinion about the North Dakota Access Pipeline. Fort Yates, ND.



  • Fort Yates, ND. It is situated inside the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. It has about 2000 inhabitants and almost all of them are Native Americans. It is a very poor place with a 60% unemployment rate and a 50% early school leaving rate as well as serious problems related to alcohol abuse, drugs and violence.

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  • Jorty’s home. She is 33 and she lives just outside the Sacred Stone Camp. It was the first standing camp against the pipeline built on La Donna Brave Bull Allard’s allotments. She loved the camp at the beginning but, when a lot of people from outside started to arrive, she felt afraid and so she decided to lock the door of her house. She didn’t allow her daughters to take part in the camp activities because she didn’t want them to feel the divisions between Indians and white people. Cannon Ball, ND.

  • Ashley, 28. She was at the camp both in August and in September with her family to protest and pray. At the beginning everything was fine but now it is time for these people to go back to their homes. She thinks that the tribal chairman sometimes has no clear idea about what to do but since it is a difficult situation and she understands him. She is planning to go to Bismarck with her family because there are much more opportunities there. Fort Yates, ND.

  • American Horse and his daughter Elly,18. When the photo was shot he was visibly drunk and his daughter had a lot of black and blue bruises on her face. They don’t really care about the issue of the pipeline and the camp. Cannon Ball, ND.

  • Buffalo bone with a blade on the top, traditionally used for treating the elks’ skin.. Home of Belisha White Eagle. Cannon Ball, ND.

  • The Missouri River on the border with the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. The Indian Natives have never given the permission to the NDAPL passing here: it is the last abuse of power by the US Government against them. That is the reason why the standing has started and thousands of people have come to North Dakota, trying to stop the oil industry until the President Donald Trump, with an act of force, had ordered to finish the work without the environmental controls that Obama had promised. Fort Yates, ND.


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