What’s Happening

Rally at the Capitol Saturday, July 1st!

Tell Iowa to Revoke the Dakota Access Pipeline Permit! Mni Wiconi – Water Is Life descends on Des Moines, Iowa with music, rousing speeches, a touch of comedy, and a call to action! Our friends at Indigenous Iowa have organized a great event this Saturday. Will you join us as we stand together and call for the Dakota Access pipeline […]



Renewing our commitment to the water! June 17 Flotilla at Pilot Mound

June 19, 2017 Last Saturday, we returned to the Des Moines River for our 2nd annual river protection flotilla at the Dakota Access pipeline’s river crossing. “It was nice to have people there who had never been in a canoe before or on the river even though their drinking water comes from that river,” said Mark Edwards of Boone, IA. […]

Dakota Access Crude Oil Pipeline Not a Done Deal

Coalition celebrates federal court throwing out DAPL’s permit June 15th, 2017—Des Moines Iowa—Following a stunning federal court decision throwing out Dakota Access’ permit, the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition demands that the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) shut down Dakota Access. Yesterday, a federal judge released his opinion in a case that several Sioux Tribes had brought challenging the Army Corps of […]


Photo: Carolyn Raffensperger, from Iowa Informer story

from Iowa Informer: TigerSwan’s Surveillance of Protesters in Iowa Continues

The following article, written by Gavin Aronsen, was originally published by Iowa Informer on June 12, 2017.   TigerSwan’s Surveillance of Protesters in Iowa Continues Newly published documents reveal the extent to which the private security firm has tracked the pipeline resistance movement in the state By Gavin Aronsen A TigerSwan employee monitoring pipeline opponents in Boone County. Photo courtesy […]


June 17 Protect Our Rivers! Flotilla in Pilot Mound, IA

On June 17th, we will return to the Des Moines River and Pilot Mound for a day of celebration. The river continues to need our protection now more than ever. Please join with us as we celebrate, explore, and share stories on the Des Moines River! First time or 1000th time on the river? All are welcome! This is a […]

Postponed: Stand with Water Protector Heather Pearson May 24th

UPDATED May 23rd: We have just been notified that Heather’s trial has been postponed–again. The press conference originally scheduled for tomorrow is cancelled. We will continue to update you as we learn more about her new trial date!   Join with pipeline fighters and water protectors from across the Midwest as we stand with our sister, Water Protector Heather Pearson, […]



Support Indigenous Iowa and Little Creek Camp!

Dear Pipeline Fighters and Water Protectors, Right now, our coalition partner Indigenous Iowa is under attack by Dakota Access Pipeline supporters. Because our work has had a big impact, supporters of Big Oil are afraid of what we can do as our movement keeps growing. This is why they are attacking us now, trying to undercut, discredit, and divide our […]

Join Us at the People’s Climate Rally! April 29th Des Moines

Join Us at the People’s Climate Rally! SATURDAY, APRIL 29th in DES MOINES On Saturday April 29, Iowans from across the state will join together at the People’s Climate Rally in Des Moines, Iowa to stand up for good jobs, environmental justice, and clean energy. Together, we will take a stand to oppose the dismantling of the Clean Power Plan, […]



What sort of neighbor is Dakota Access?

Iowans have watched for over two years as Dakota Access bullied landowners and bulldozed through democratic public process in our state. It’s time we hold our state leaders accountable to welcoming such a bad neighbor. The Iowa Utility Board’s decision was not right or just. Currently, the Iowa Supreme Court is reviewing cases brought by landowners’ and the Iowa Sierra […]