LaDonna Brave Bull Allard

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LaDonna Brave Bull Allard
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LaDonna Brave Bull

OccupationHistorian, activist
Known forDakota Access Pipeline protests

LaDonna Brave Bull Allard is a Native American Lakota historian and activist.[1] In April 2016, she was one of the founders of the resistance camps of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, aimed at halting the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.[2][3][4]


Brave Bull Allard is an enrolled member of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and former historical preservation Section 106 Coordinator for, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.[5][6] Her people are Inhunktonwan from Cannon Ball, Hunkpapa and Lakota Blackfoot.[7]

Over the course of the direct actions against the Dakota Access Pipeline, there were several camps. The camp run by Allard was called Sacred Stone Camp.[8][9][10][11] They protested DAPL’s construction because a portion of the pipeline runs beneath South Dakota’s Lake Oahe. The reservoir is a source of drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

This movement has become the largest intertribal alliance on the American continent in centuries, with more than 200 tribal nations represented.[12][13][14][15]

After years of resistance and protest the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Indigenous organizers scored a legal victory on 6. June 2020 when a federal judge ordered pipeline owner consortium Dakota Access LLC, controlled by Energy Transfer Partners (founder and CEO Kelcy Warren), to stop operations and empty its pipelines of all oil pending an environmental review that could take a year. The court said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated national environmental law when it granted an easement to Energy Transfer to build and operate beneath Lake Oahe because the it failed to produce an adequate Environmental Impact Statement.[16][17]


  1. ^ "Meet the Brave, Audacious, Astonishing Women Who Built the Standing Rock Movement". Jezebel.
  2. ^ "LaDonna Brave Bull Allard's land is home to water protectors at Standing Rock". CBC Radio.
  3. ^ "Standing Rock protest: hundreds clash with police over Dakota Access Pipeline". The Guardian.
  4. ^ "Dakota Excess Pipeline? Standing Rock Protectors Strip-Searched, Jailed for Days on Minor Charges". Democracy Now!.
  5. ^ Allard, LaDonna Brave Bull (2016-09-03). "Interview with LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Standing Rock Sioux tribal historian, on the 153rd anniversary of the Whitestone massacre". Democracy Now! (video). Interviewed by Amy Goodman. Event occurs at 42:26. Archived from the original on 2016-09-10. Retrieved 2016-09-11.
  6. ^ "Standing Rock Sioux Historian: Dakota Access Co. Attack Comes on Anniversary of Whitestone Massacre". Democracy Now!. September 8, 2016.
  7. ^ "Turtle Island Storyteller LaDonna Brave Bull Allard".
  8. ^ "Sacred Stone camp given trespass notice". The Bismarck Tribune. 17 Feb 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  9. ^ "At The Sacred Stone Camp, Tribes And Activists Join Forces To Protect The Land". NPR. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Why do we punish Dakota pipeline protesters but exonerate the Bundys?". The Guardian.
  11. ^ "At Standing Rock, women lead fight in face of Mace, arrests and strip searches". The Guardian.
  12. ^ Northcott, Charlie (2 September 2016). "Life in the Native American oil protest camps". BBC. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  13. ^ "A Native American fight to stop an oil pipeline is a "morally embarrassing reminder" of America's founding". Quartz (06 September 2016).
  14. ^ "Native Americans Hold Largest Convergence in a Century to Oppose Oil Pipeline". The Real News Network. September 2, 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  15. ^ "The Standing Rock Resistance Is Unprecedented (It's Also Centuries Old)". NPR. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
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  17. ^ "Dakota Access Pipeline to Shut Down Pending Review, Federal Judge Rules". The New York Times. 2020-07-06. Retrieved 2020-07-06.