Recently Herbal Medics had the opportunity to support the water protectors at Standing Rock. The planning for this trip occurred simultaneously with the final days of planning out our mission to Coal River Valley, West Virginia. This mission to Standing Rock was a spur of the moment decision, born from a desire to medically support the water protectors bravely defending a water source not yet ruined by oil contamination.
How Donations Were Used
Throughout the duration of our GoFundMe campaign, we raised over $6,000.00. The donations, combined with several thousand dollars of our personal contributions, allowed us to send eight volunteers up from Texas and West Virginia (directly following our mission to Coal River Valley). Our objectives changed throughout the planning phase and actual mission alike, but ultimately – per specific request of multiple parties – we established an herbal and first aid clinic in Sacred Stone camp, a place of deep reflection and prayer and the first camp of the movement.
One of the important facets of asking for donations of any kind is sharing with those who so generously give, what their contributions helped to do. It is in this spirit, and with sincere gratitude, that we would like to give feedback specifically to all those who donated, as to what you helped provide.
· A water trailer (220 gallons) that we bought and transported from TX, for the clinic
· Two large tents, 2 pop up canopies, assorted sizes of tarps, building supplies (to make a temporary field clinic, with solid walls on two sides, capable of standing up to the high winds)
· 150+ pounds cut and sifted, bulk herbs
· 20+ gallons of glycerine (alcohol tinctures are not allowed)
· Hundreds of dollars of essential first aid gear
· Cooking pots, propane and camp stoves
· Tables, shelves and totes to organize the medicine
· 100’s of containers (mostly Nalgene) to be able to store, formulate and give people herbal medicine to take with them
· Transportation and other expenses for the poles used to build a longhouse for integrative winter clinic use at Sacred Stone
· Cordless tools and construction supplies to help build the longhouse
What We Did While There
Here are some of the highlights of what Herbal Medics did on location:
· Set up, stocked and ran an herbal clinic at Sacred Stone. Initially, the clinic was set up as temporary field clinic, utilizing pop-up canopies, tarps, and planks. However, shortly after arriving, we realized that donating the field clinic set-up for continued use by future medics serving at Sacred Stone camp would not be helpful during the coming winter months. After consulting with local builder Jim Northrup, the decision was made to fund the building of a winter longhouse for medical use by future healers serving at Sacred Stone.
· Successfully worked with over a dozen cases of communicable skin infection that was prevalent upon our arrival
· Successfully worked with over 30 cases of an acute (viral) upper respiratory infection that was spreading
· Helped approximately 30 people per day upon arrival.
· Saved the life of a young man in the middle of the night
· Worked with a competent herbalist and street medic to take over the clinical space we set up so that care will continue through the winter
We have been profoundly affected by our time in service at Standing Rock. Herbal Medics stands with Standing Rock and encourages every citizen of this planet to stand with the water protectors.
For those interested in continuing to support the water protectors at Standing Rock we’ve included a list of links at the bottom of this page.
If you can get to Standing Rock, then go. They need you there, and if you allow it to, the experience will have a profound effect on your life. If you can’t get there share their story, and donate resources, talent, or time when able.
#NoDapl #MniWiconi #WeStandWithStandingRock
How You Can Offer Support
The healers at the Sacred Stone lodge we established are there for the duration of the winter. To help support the continued expenses that go into running the lodge ( food, medicines, first aid supplies) you can send prepaid gift cards in care of Nicole Parry, the lead at the Sacred Stone Healer’s Lodge. Prepaid gift cards allow her the ability to make purchases quickly as the needs come up.
Sacred Stone Healer’s Lodge
PO Box 858
Fort Yates, ND 58538
To help support the needs of Red Warrior Camp go to