We’d like to take a moment and give thanks to you for your support of our continued work to organize Pipeline Fighters in opposition to Keystone XL.

Cowboy Indian Alliance harvests sacred Ponca corn

Without your help, we wouldn’t be able to hold our ground, standing strong to protect our land, water and climate for future generations.

Thanks also to all of the U.S. Senators who stood with us and voted to reject the bill to fast-track Keystone XL last week.


And especially to our friend Greg Grey Cloud with Wica Agli and the Cowboy Indian Alliance, for voicing thanks for all of us with his honoring song in the Senate gallery after the vote. We are thankful our bonds with CIA allies in South Dakota and Nebraska have grown stronger this year.

Greg Grey Cloud sings onstage at Harvest the Hope

Thank you to the three brave landowners — Randy “Stand With Randy” Thompson, Suz Straka and Susan Dunavan — who we are standing with as we await the Nebraska Supreme Court’s decision on our case (Thompson v. Heineman) challenging the pipeline siting law in our state. Landowners’ attorney Dave Domina expects a decision may come as early as January or February in the case, which has halted KXL in its tracks.

Many thanks to Art and Helen Tanderup, our gracious hosts for the amazing Harvest the Hope concert with Neil Young and Willie Nelson. (A special thanks again to everyone who attended, helped produce, and volunteered to make it happen!)

The Tanderups — whose land also played host to the #NO KXL Crop Art installation, and the Ponca sacred corn planted on their farm in the path of the pipeline — have traveled to Hollywood, New York City and Washington D.C. this year to represent the Cowboy Indian Alliance and ensure the voices of farmers who care about our Ogallala aquifer are heard.

Thanks to Ed Schultz, who after coming to Nebraska to visit landowners in the path of the pipeline has become an outspoken and reliable advocate for our concerns about the aquifer and Sandhills.

The Ed Show on MSNBC

We also thank President Obama for his recent straight talk about inflated job numbers for Keystone, and clarifying again his stipulation that it must not contribute to carbon pollution.

We already know Keystone XL flunks the President’s own climate test.

President Obama has all the information he needs right now to reject the pipeline.

Send Pres. Obama a Keystone XL VETO pen

So far, over 600 fellow Pipeline Fighters have sent Pres. Obama a Keystone XL VETO pen to sign the project’s permit rejection letter. This is a crucial moment in the fight, and we need everyone to make their voices heard.

Send Pres. Obama a Keystone XL VETO pen to sign the pipeline’s permit rejection letter.

Or if you prefer, send a handwritten letter to Pres. Obama and add your letter to the archive at PipelineFighters.org.

We’d also like to share with you Helen Tanderup’s scrumptious pumpkin pie recipe to share with your family. It’s our families that we’re standing together and fighting to protect.

*Helen Tanderup’s Pumpkin Pie*


  • Cut pumpkin open and remove seeds etc.
  • Cut pumpkin into fourths and place on cookie sheet
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees; bake for approx. 1 hour/until tender
  • When cool, peel skin off and mash or puree the pumpkin



  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs 1 12 oz.
  • Can of evaporated milk
  • 1 unbaked 9 in. pie shell
  • 2 cups pumpkin


  • Mix sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in small bowl
  • Beat eggs in large bowl
  • Stir in pumpkin and sugar–spice mixture
  • Gradually stir in the evaporated milk
  • Pour into pie shell
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees; bake for 15 minutes
  • Reduce temp to 350 degrees
  • Bake an additional 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean
  • Cool on wire rack for 2 hours
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate. Enjoy!