LaDonna Brave Bull Allard was the founder of the first camp for the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
- Died: April 10, 2021 (Who else died on April 10?)
- Details of death: Died after a battle with brain cancer at the age of 64.
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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.
“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
Tributes to LaDonna Brave Bull Allard
Full obituary: The Bismarck Tribune