Gilliam Jackson (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) and Trey Adcock (Cherokee Nation) traveled to North Dakota and visited the Sacred Stone Camp at the junction of the Cannonball and Missouri Rivers on the weekend of September 2-3-4. They will share their perspectives, photos, and video clips on Monday September 12 at 7 pm at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian Multipurpose Room. They will share video clips of their interviews with Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault, with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, and others.  They welcome comments and questions from the public and the community, including EBCI members who have visited the encampment.

The Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians voted Tuesday September 6 to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe with a resolution of support, a contribution of $50,000 and a tractor trailer load of supplies.  Vice-Chief Richard Sneed spoke in support of the resolution.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is protecting the waters of the Missouri River as well as their sacred sites from the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).  More than one hundred tribes have committed their support. For more information go to

Gilliam Jackson is a fluent speaker of the Cherokee language who grew up in the Snowbird Community; he is also teaching Cherokee language as Adjunct Professor at University of North Carolina at Asheville.  Trey Adcock, Ph.D. is Director of American Indian Outreach and Assistant Professor of Education at UNC-A.  They were joined on their trip by Juan Sanchez Martinez, Assistant Professor of Spanish, who has worked on issues of water protection with indigenous people in North and South America.

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is located at 589 Tsali Blvd. in the town of Cherokee, N.C.  The entrance to the Ken Blankenship Education and Research Center is located on Highway 441 near the entrance to the Cherokee Fairgrounds.  Parking is available in front of the Fairgrounds and in the Museum parking lot.  For more information, contact

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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe by Indigenous Environmental Network

Gilliam Jackson, Juan Sanchez Martinez, David Archambault, Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Trey Adcock.