Phase I Introduction

Since 2009, the founders of Red Lightning have always held the vision that our tribe would someday take our collaborative spirit off the playa and out into the world.  There was never as clear an opportunity for us to do so as when we came off the playa this year and were approached to support the indigenous tribes gathered at Standing Rock.  

Thousands of people are streaming into North Dakota in opposition to the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline Project as part of the largest gathering of tribal nations in more than a hundred years. Tribe members have expressed their feelings that Standing Rock is symbolic of a much larger issue: how indigenous people’s rights in many places are overridden by purely economic interests throughout the world.

It started with the Sacred Stone Camp, set up in April to monitor the pipeline activity. Dozens of Native youth organized a spiritual run for awareness of the issue and ran 500 miles to the Army Corps of Engineers headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. In early August construction began on the pipeline despite the fact that permits had not been granted to dig under the river.  

Since early August, when this small group of ‘Protectors’ stopped the construction of the pipeline, there have been thousands of Native people representing more than 200 tribes who have poured into the camp on sacred land of the Oceti Sakowin, the Great Sioux Nation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. 

Phase I Mission

Red Lightning brother/musician Elijah Ray met fellow musician Kelli Love at a festival in Minnesota in late early September.  She passionately shared of her experiences of living for several months at Standing Rock with her yound child.  Elijah was totally moved and began reaching out to various people for support.  One of them was Brad Nye, a co-founder of Red Lightning. 

What unfolded in just over two weeks time was nothing short of extraordinary. committed to and then hosted a Global Online Synchronized Prayer on Saturday, October 1 with live sound transmission by Elijah Ray. Over 600 participants from around the world joined the prayer in a powerful show of solidarity and intention setting.

The first mission to Standing Rock developed trusted relationships between Red Lightning, the Standing Rock community and the Sacred Stone Camp organizers.  More specially, it helped:

  • Foster positive right relations with elders and camp organizers;
  • Engaged actively with camp coordinators on setting up a 30ft Dome at Sacred Stone Camp;
  • Provided tipi poles/skins, wood burning heaters, solar panels to a number of families there on the ground

Deep appreciation to all those who contributed and supported a successful Phase 1:

  • Leadership of Sacred Stone and other Standing Rock Camps 

  • Pacific Domes for donation of the Home Dome

  • Elijah Ray and Band Of Light for sonic prayer and support

  • Todd Jason of

  • Kelli Love, Erika Soul friend, Sunshine Rose, Cory Tanner Glazier, Simone Schultz Marti, Chen Lehner , Ian Downie and many more
Home Dome at Rising at Sacred Stone Camp

Home Dome at Rising at Sacred Stone Camp

  • Donations for domes, teepees, solar power, infrastructure and transportation

  • Teepees, poles, skins, and liners

  • Winter Tents

  • Solar Lights and Chargers for electronics 

  • Solar Panels and Inverters 

  • Organic Food Non-Perishable 

For questions, please email: 

Supplies:  Send or Deliver before October 20:

Attention Red Lightning Studio Metta, 355 Harriet Street Ventura, CA, 93001


Donations may be sent to Red Lightning via Paypal, wire or check.  Red Lightning is a non-profit under the umbrella of Empowerment Works, Inc. 

All donations are considered tax deductible contributions to a 501C3 charitable organization.

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By Check: 

Make your check payable to: Red Lightning/Empowerment Works.

Mail your payment to:

Red Lightning 28310 Roadside Dr Ste 120 Agoura Hills, CA 91301

By Wire: 

Please email for wiring instructions.

Direct Action:

Raise Awareness through network and social media

Call for the Army Corps of Engineers’ to rescind the Dakota Access Pipeline permit

Call the White House at (202) 456-111 or (202) 456-1414
Sign the White House petition:
Call the Army Corps of Engineers (202) 761-5903
Call North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple at (701) 328-2200
Call or Email your Congressional Representatives and Senators

Support the Standing Rock Camps with Contributions

For more information about Oceti Sakowin/Seven Council Fires Camp list of items to Donate:

Donate items to Sacred Stone Camp

Tell the Executives of Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. to stop building the pipeline

Lee Hanse, EVP (210) 403-6455
Glenn Emery, VP (210) 403-6762
Michael (Cliff) Waters, Lead Analyst (713) 989-2404