Reject and Protect: Cowboy and Indian Alliance to Set Up Camp in D.C. April 22-27

Mark Hefflinger

On April 22nd, a group of ranchers, farmers and tribal communities from along the Keystone XL tarsands pipeline route, called the Cowboy and Indian Alliance, will ride into Washington DC and set up camp near the White House to tell President Obama to reject the pipeline. On April 26th, thousands of people will join them to stand together for a final message that the Keystone XL pipeline and the tarsands must be rejected — to protect this, and future generations.

Photo of Gary Dorr (Nez Perce) and Nebraska rancher Ben Gotschall by Mary Anne Andrei / Bold Nebraska

Reject and Protect is led by the “Cowboy and Indian Alliance,” a group of ranchers, farmers, and tribal communities from Nebraska and elsewhere along the Keystone XL pipeline route, and supported by Bold Nebraska and the organizations below. Together, we will send a clear message to President Obama: “Reject Keystone XL.” 

Supporting organizations: Oceti Sakowin People of the Seven Council Fires | Bold Nebraska | | CREDO | The Sierra Club | Center for Biological Diversity | Energy Action Coalition | Chesapeake Climate Action Network | Conservation Law Foundation | Environment Maine | Labor Network for Sustainability | Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) | Oil Change International

The Cowboy and Indian Alliance brings together tribal communities with ranchers and farmers living along the Keystone XL pipeline proposed route. Farmers and ranchers know the risk first-hand. They work the land every day. Tribes know the risk first-hand. They protect the sacred water every day. They have united out of love and respect for the land and water on which we all depend.

This is not the first time an Alliance such as this has come together to stop projects that risk our land and water. In the 80s, we came together to protect water and the Black Hills from uranium mining and risky munitions testing. In the American imagination, “cowboys and Indians” are still at odds. However, in reality, opposition to the Keystone XL tarsands pipeline has brought communities together like few causes in our history. Tribes, farmers and ranchers are all people of the land, who consider it their duty as stewards to conserve the land and protect the water for future generations.


We will have very limited funds to distribute to help cover travel expenses; please fill out the form below and follow up with an email to describing your specific need. If you can’t make it to join us, other actions are outlined on the form below. 

If you are interested in booking your own travel, nearby hotels include the State Plaza HotelRiver InnGraham Georgetownand Hotel Lombardy

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