This September, IP3 sent five experienced Indigenous trainers to Standing Rock for two weeks to join Nick and his brother Mark on the ground. During that time, the IP3 team organized an infrastructure of direct action training grounded in a shared culture of safe, strategic, and accessible direct action. This crew ran daily direct action trainings, training over 500 people in a week in NVDA, and trainings in action roles (coordinators, police liasons, etc.)
Prior to IP3’s arrival, the camps lacked an organized and inclusive action planning process. Through intensive training, IP3 successfully shifted the culture of action in the camps and protectors and allies began organizing and participating in daily direct actions with Indigenous people at the front, including the hard lockdown blockades that received widespread media attention.
Our Presence In The Dakotas
IP3 has been working alongside communities in the the Dakotas for over 10 years and has an excellent track record for community partnerships in the nearby Lakota region. Nick Tilsen, a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation, and founding Executive Director of the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, is also a co-founder of IP3 and has been on the ground with the Standing Rock Sioux since the beginning of the stand. Nick was personally asked by the Tribal Council and Tribal President to help build out a communications infrastructure and develop strategic messaging at the onset of the stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline.