Cowboy Indian Alliance Rally Ends with a Bang and a Whoop

(Photo By: heydayjoe)

On Saturday, April 26, at 11 a.m., thousands gathered on the National Mall for the finale of a weeklong protest to reject construction of a transcontinental oil pipeline and protect America’s land and water.

Hosted by the Cowboy Indian Alliance – a group of ranchers, farmers and Native American tribal communities – the “Reject and Protect” protest sought to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed TransCanada pipeline would carry crude oil from the tar sands of Canada’s Alberta province to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Although there were a half dozen teepees and a smattering of Native Americans and aboriginal Canadians in the crowd, the closest thing to a cowboy appeared to be Neil Young – and he’s Canadian. Following a series of speakers, the protesters gathered behind Neil and tribal leaders and marched to the White House to present President Obama with a hand-painted teepee. Since the proposed pipeline would cross an international border, it needs Obama’s approval to move forward. Although the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline has been in limbo for five years, Obama is waiting for a recommendation from Secretary of State John Kerry before he makes his final decision.

Click on the thumbnails below to see shots from the rally and the march.

2 thoughts on “Cowboy Indian Alliance Rally Ends with a Bang and a Whoop

  1. Beautiful shots! Obama’s not going to use that teepee – please appropriate for our next foray into the woods of the Pacific Northwest.


    • The march stopped at the National Museum of the American Indian for a teepee gifting ceremony. They rolled up the teepee like a rug and presented it to the museum as a gift to Obama, which is a bit like giving your mom’s birthday present to your second-cousin. I’ll check to see if the museum has any old teepees lying around collecting dust…

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