2017 Rebel with a Cause Honoree:
LaDonna Brave Bull Allard
LaDonna Brave Bull Allard is the Standing Rock Tribal Tourism Coordinator for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Marketing Manager for the Alliance of Tribal Tourism Advocates. She tells stories of the history of Standing Rock and her people. The stories of Sitting Bull’s life and death as well as of Lewis and Clark and Sakakawea who died on Standing Rock. She is from Cannon Ball District of Standing Rock raised in Fort Yates, North Dakota; her father was Frank Brave Bull who was descended from Tatanka Ohitika a medicine man. LaDonna graduated from the University of North Dakota with a History degree. She has been researching winter counts, and historical document to compile her tribe history.
LaDonna is a national certified interpretive guide, has her own guide company and has trained in historical preservation. She has compiled all historical information for the Standing Rock Scenic Byway. She discusses how, the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota traveled throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, Wyoming, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba as a major entity on the plain. Her past lecture has been on 500 years of oppression, Native American Women, History of Standing Rock Sioux tribe and the notorious history of Standing Rock.
LaDonna eloquently discusses with diverse audiences information about her tribe’s 2.3 million acres of land, where there is still native grass, plants, migrating birds, and native medicines that are needed for everyday use. Today, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has four bands of the Nakota/Dakota and Lakota, and is located at the central border of North and South Dakota. (Source)
While there are now multiple water protector camps at the Standing Rock, Sacred Stone, the first camp, is on Allard’s private property. Out of this grew the global Dakota Access Pipeline protests. By December 2016, more than 10,000 indigenous people and environmental activists were camping in the area. This movement has become the largest intertribal alliance on the American continent in centuries, and possibly ever, with over 200 tribal nations represented. (Source)