SUMMIT SESSIONS

LaDonna Brave Bull Allard

Stand Up For Truth and Justice

What You'll Learn

  • Hear about how children's appreciation and care of water turned into a powerful movement to stand up for environmental justice

  • Realize the power in knowing who you are, and how that can make change in the world

  • Know that you already have the ability to make a difference in the world, and understand the strength in women standing together

About LaDonna Brave Bull Allard

LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Ta Mak’a Wast’e Win (Good Earth Woman), is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. A tribal historian, she has compiled the history of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. LaDonna was the first to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline with the Sacred Stone Camp, playing a major role in calling the world to stand with Standing Rock. She is an annual speaker at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, was on the Executive Board of The American Indian Alaskan Native Tourism Association, and was a Tribal Advisor for Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Events. She partnered with the Sitting Bull College to develop the National Native American Scenic Byway, worked with ATTA-Alliance of Tribal Tourism as the past and current vice-president and marketing manager, and was President of North Dakota Native Tourism Alliance. You can connect with LaDonna on the Sacred Stone Camp and Sacred Stone Village Facebook pages.

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37 Comments

  1. Lori Mills April 11, 2019 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Aaah Good Earth Woman??? Your voice, your words, your beauty, your heart…truly an inspiration? and honor to hear about your life. Many blessings upon your continued journey to save our Good Earth?

  2. Pamela Roebuck April 11, 2019 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Thank you for being a standing woman who walks in beauty and truth. May all women stand together for our children and future generations to come.

  3. Marie April 11, 2019 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Thank you for giving to see and hear a cause and struggle that actually doesn’t get much of media’s interest.
    And to you LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, a deep bow full of respect, thanking you for your words of wisdom and kindness and your engagement. And yes fortunately you as people are still here, making a difference. And I truly think that it could also be the beginning of a time of connecting original teachings and technology for addressing our common huge challenges. Thanks to the younger generations, there is Hope for their future. I loved your speech full of strength and vulnerability, mentioning compassion and dignity. Thank you

  4. Mirakhel Windsong April 11, 2019 at 5:09 am - Reply

    THANK YOU FOR KNOWING WHO YOU ARE, FOR SHARING WHO YOU ARE, FOR HONORING ANCESTORS AND FUTURE EARTH PEOPLE ON STANDING ROCK AND MOTHER EARTH. MW

  5. rachel April 11, 2019 at 2:30 am - Reply

    wow <3

  6. Victoria Nicolls April 11, 2019 at 1:38 am - Reply

    Thank you I am honoured to have the opportunity to listen to your empowering work. It is a matter close to my heart. I live in Australia an infuriating lack of water capture! XXX

  7. Teresa Cox April 10, 2019 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    Water is Life. Your thoughts, so beautifully expressed, reached me. Thank you. May our youth carry on with is at their sides, their backs, and sometimes just a step ahead.

  8. Sandra April 10, 2019 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    Great, great …. what an amazing women. Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. Karen Bordeleau April 10, 2019 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your wisdom!

  10. paula kennedy April 10, 2019 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Thank you LaDonna for reminding me of what truly matters in this world told from the heart..

  11. Sister Rosemarie Stevens April 10, 2019 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Thank you fr your wisdom. I’m sorry for the wild ride imposed on you, may you take the reigns into the future with your husband still watching your back and you knowing his strength beside you. Water is sacred…i stand with you to protect it.

  12. Susana Sandoval April 10, 2019 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Humbled to have been with Ladonna on her homeland in solidarity and witness her heart and strength in action. My ancestors allowed me to meet her. Pure gratitude for her work and her leadership!

  13. Willow Grace April 10, 2019 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Powerful. Important. Truth. This video needs to be widely available. Please, can you make it shareable?

  14. Nicole April 10, 2019 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    La Donna has been an inspiration for me since Jordan Chariton first interviewed her in the beginnings of the sacred stone camp. words seem inadequate. i have decided to put my money where my mouth is when it comes to making a better world for my fellow workers and watching this woman stand against the corporations was probably the beginning of my activism. your wisdom ripples in the world good earth woman. to paraphrase chris hedges, we don’t fight fascism because we will win, we fight fascism because it is fascism. having great role models in the fight seems more important now than ever before.

  15. Annemarie April 10, 2019 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Yes to listening to young people. It is after all their future we have almost wrecked.

  16. Kay April 10, 2019 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    What an amazing and inspiring woman. I am humbled to hear her speak and, as a woman, I feel her compassion and strength. ?

  17. Ana April 10, 2019 at 10:48 am - Reply

    What a gift and an inspiration you are Ladonna… thank you for being you and for your fight for compassion that leads to understanding and being able to work together for and towards a great cause, pure water, essential to every being.
    Blessings to you and your family

  18. Savannah April 10, 2019 at 8:36 am - Reply

    I already love how this summit is beginning: with a powerful, anti-corporate indigenous queen! Don’t be afraid to bring that controversy.
    I felt tears in my eyes when she talked about how she wants to leave a good place for her granddaughter to live in. It’s become a genre of comedy to mock “kids nowadays”. But I always applaud the young ones. I’m not separate from them. I learn so much from them. And I’m so proud of the future they have to courage to fight for.
    I also liked the concept of humans having to earn their humanity through compassion. I’ve often told people, “Stop being so prejudiced and heartless. Join the rest of the human race.” And no one ever gets what that means. They always say, “But a person is human regardless of who they mistreat.” Or, “It’s dehumanizing to say that to someone just because they don’t agree with you.” And yet LaDonna understands and phrased that concept perfectly!
    I also liked what she said about how “Growing your own food is your first sovereignty.” That inspires me to start a vegetable garden.
    I feel like LaDonna and I would connect on a soul level. If only I had the chance to go to Standing Rock during the protest.

  19. Elaine Bird April 10, 2019 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Megwiich! I hear your compassion and my compassion flows more strongly with you. So good to listen to your words. Water is sacred and we stand for the water. We walk for the water. Your words are true and help me to know my truth. Megwiich Ladonna Bravebull Allard!

  20. Diane April 10, 2019 at 5:34 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing. That was inspiring and truly what I feel about the earth and our planet in my being.
    I have been yearning to connect with my people and feel the understanding of shared cultural values and beliefs.
    Our heritage handed down orally on my father’s ancestry is native American but we have grown up in New Zealand for several generations. We feel the pull and I know a deep connection to the natural world and feel saddened by humans need for control and exploitation of the planet we are but brief visitors to. I feel a deep need to give the earth the utmost respect and am very grateful be able to listen to your wise woman,s words of inspiration and strength.

  21. Cornelia April 10, 2019 at 2:56 am - Reply

    Thank you so much LaDonna, for sharing your compassion, you are truly a beautiful seed in this world.

  22. nequai April 10, 2019 at 1:55 am - Reply

    So powerful! Such an evolved soul passing on wisdom and truth that has flowed through the ages. How blessed we are to have such beings among us! Respect and Honor to you LaDonna Brave Bull Allard! You say all you know is your culture, your land, and your people. These are good things to know. These are the things that have made you who you are. Fight on Sister Warrior! May your name be forever remembered among your people.

    • Jean M Grycuk April 10, 2019 at 12:25 pm - Reply

      Fantastic! Let’s listen you young people!

  23. Jill Robertson April 10, 2019 at 1:43 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this and for giving us some insight into your history and that of the land on which you stand.

  24. Catherine April 10, 2019 at 1:43 am - Reply

    Thank you LaDonna Good Earth Mother, for your wisdom, courage leading with compassion and hard work I will go plant? my your life be long. Sincerely Catherine

  25. Stacy Rosman April 10, 2019 at 1:18 am - Reply

    I’m right there with her. I’m on a mission here with the shift that is happening in the spiritual world and it is significant. And it’s necessary that we go back to compassion, love, gratitude, peace and Love. Sounds very much like me. I’m holistic health practitioner and I myself have had 35 major operations and have healed myself physically, emotionally and spiritually. I’ll throw holistic measures I have reset my cognitive brain and the cells in my body from catastrophic injuries and my pain level is at zero -2. And I healed myself through energy medicine and she’s talking about energy. It is the biggest healer for everything. When we raise the vibration magnificent magical things happen. I started doing it until it away when I was in my first car accident and I severed my ankle, tore everything in my knee,And then 15 years later I got hit as a pedestrian. I live in a state of gratitude that nothing brings me down I am one of the happiest people you’ll ever meet. My energy vibration is so high and positive. From resetting my brain and the cells in my body I’m pure almost childlike. And now I have other people heal from these three components; five. They need to be balanced in order to truly be happy love your life and live the life that you’ve always dreamed of. I agree with her with them and everything or I do agree with her with everything she saying about nature an animal absolutely strong woman lover ! I have a publicist and I have a lot of connections from when I was in the acting modeling industry work magazine work TV and radio to get this out and make people aware of what’s going on so hopefully no not hopefully definitely myself and everybody else is involved are going to be able to explain and share with everybody else said they can join in and raise the vibration of the energy of the universe and we can make it the place that it supposed to be for us. For everybody!

  26. Joan April 10, 2019 at 1:00 am - Reply

    Watching LaDonna Brave Bull Allard I see such grounding — to have emotion and words connecting continually beyond time — into past generations and forward with vision of offspring’s futures. As a potter I feel about Earth and fire within our planet’s core (and out and All about), similarly as I feel about the heart of our civilization being entwined with water, and air. Nothing is separate from anything and All is changing. Weather, like emotion flowing from spirit is ongoing and this listening has been like a ceremony. I am thankful and I am indigenous without recognition because I was born ‘white’ but my grandmother’s face was not. Maybe we all will heal when we can deepen into the fact that we all are indigenous to somewhere at some time.

    Being close to our tribes is so helpful for making marks in world while we live — for some it happens after they’re gone. Recognition is a blessing and thanks to choosers of content for this!

  27. Connie April 10, 2019 at 12:55 am - Reply

    Powerful, thank you for sharing… Never Give Up no matter what is going on.

  28. Zoraida Garcia April 10, 2019 at 12:55 am - Reply

    Thanks for these inspiring words. In my experience for women to be able to stand up and be themselves no matter what, it requires healing their past, accepting the pain the ancestors went through and recognising their rights to be themselves and to be here-

    I really enjoy this amazing presentation. Thanks

  29. Ellen April 10, 2019 at 12:54 am - Reply

    LaDonna you are a beautiful soul and I feel fortunate to have hear heard you speak on your truths and the truth of our world. Thank you!

  30. Leslie April 10, 2019 at 12:53 am - Reply

    One of the most powerful, moving, and inspirational talks I have ever heard. I am humbled

  31. Linda E Frischmeyer April 10, 2019 at 12:52 am - Reply

    The Simplicity of Your Truth is so compelling, LaDonna. Thank you!

  32. Susan M Brearley April 10, 2019 at 12:49 am - Reply

    You are a wise woman, and great grandmother to us all. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and being an inspiration.

  33. Deborah April 10, 2019 at 12:48 am - Reply

    So awe inspiring Ladonna! Truth speaker to the core!

  34. Luisa Elisa Almada April 10, 2019 at 12:37 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing, water is a prescious treasure. I agree. My grandmother is my forcé too.

  35. Dolores J. Milligan April 10, 2019 at 12:34 am - Reply

    Very faithful

  36. Cynthia Ann Schroer April 10, 2019 at 12:13 am - Reply

    Deep bow to Good Earth Woman. Thank you for your vision and being true to it, speaking it! The action follows when directed by heart vision. There is no need to “be excused” of being raised in a different culture. I acknowledge the difficulty you have had to hold this vision and am so grateful and humbled by your life.

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