Owe Aku is a grassroots organization of Lakota people and allies. Moccasins on the Ground is the cornerstone of Owe Aku's resistance work to the Keystone XL Pipeline.
In March 2012 people from Owe Aku and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation blockaded trucks attempting to pass through the reservation carrying heavy machinery from the Gulf to mine the Athabasca tar sands. Based on this action and the history of Indigenous resistance to extractive industries, Moccasins on the Ground was developed and has evolved over the past three years.
Moccasins on the Ground is producing results and is committed to protecting the Lakota homeland; ultimately, no pipeline will be laid in the ancestral and treaty lands of the Lakota Oyate. The three-day Moccasins on the Ground training provides the skills necessary to be on the front lines of environmental justice and sacred water protection work. The gatherings are hosted by local communities and are responses to requests from the grassroots organizers within those communities.
Please help make these essential trainings available by donating to Owe Aku's general fund. Thank you so much!