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LaDonna Brave Bull Allard (1956–2021), DAPL protest leader

by Linnea Crowther

LaDonna Brave Bull Allard was the founder of the first camp for the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

Fighting for clean water and lands

Allard opposed DAPL from the beginning, because it ran past her son’s grave. Like other protesters, she was concerned that a spill would contaminate water sources as well as land that’s sacred to native peoples. She donated her family’s land to serve as the Sacred Stone Camp for protestors. A member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Allard was the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for a time, and she shared her deep knowledge of tribal history with the protestors who flocked to her land. She became a leader and a matriarch in the movement against DAPL.

Notable quote

“I have a moral obligation to protect the land and the water for future generations. I am from the Cannonball River and the Missouri River. The camps were established in my backyard, as they put this pipeline next to my son’s grave. Who does that? I will not stop until this pipeline is out of the ground.” —from a 2019 hearing on the pipeline

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Tributes to LaDonna Brave Bull Allard

Full obituary: The Bismarck Tribune

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