September 24, 2016, twilight view of Oceti Sakowin Camp

Twilight view of Oceti Sakowin Camp near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation on September 24, 2016.

“We at the American Indian College Fund stand with people concerned about the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in a peaceful way, based on our Native values of caring for the environment and each other. Our values are as relevant today as they were generations ago, based on the importance of the physical health of our citizens and the economic health of our nation. These are the values we incorporate in the education of our tribal college students. The Missouri River is the second largest waterway in the United States and the fourth largest in the world, flowing through our nation’s breadbasket. These waters provide America with vital food—more than a third of our country’s grains—and fresh drinking water for people and livestock. Our traditional values are core American values: caring for our economy and citizens. We support Standing Rock, Native people, and Native students as they work with knowledge and compassion to find solutions for modern challenges.”

– Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO, American Indian College Fund, February 22, 2017