Owe Aku Bring Back the Way



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Owe Aku works to bring back our way of life which includes humanity’s role in nature:  we are a part of it, not outside of it, not having dominion over it.  To achieve this Owe Aku works to stop mining that contaminates our water and land.  Owe Aku has reestablished programs that utilize the wisdom of our ancestors in combatting the effects of inter-generational trauma caused by colonization and the intentional attempts for hundreds of years to destroy our culture.  

In the Lakota Language Owe Aku means Bring Back the Way.  In bringing back the way, we strive to offer alternatives, based on traditional knowledge, that respect the changing environmental conditions of Mother Earth, and which will ultimately benefit the peoples and ecosystems of the planet.  The environment, upon which we are all dependent, is no longer just an issue for Indigenous peoples.  On every continent, Indigenous cultures offer viable alternatives because we recognize the Earth, not as a commodity to be exploited, but as a relative that protects and preserves our very existence and the existence of future human generations.   

Decisions are always made collectively first with the grassroots leaders of our tiyospaye (extended family or clan) and our direct allies.  The people of our tiyospaye founded Owe Aku Bring Back the Way and have continued to direct its activities and make decisions based on the traditional Lakota principle of consensus.  

Owe Aku’s work is centered on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in present-day South Dakota, the home of the Oglala Lakota people.  For information on any of our program work please contact:

Owe Aku Bring Back the Way, PO BOX 325, Manderson, SD  57756; lakotaone@gmail.com

For administrative and development please contact:

Owe Aku, International Justice Project, PO BOX 630212, Littleton, CO  80163; 720-469-1178; oweakuinternational@me.com

Our approach is local, from within the tiyospaye and, as a result, our reach is international.  

IF YOU WISH TO DONATE TO OUR WORK PLEASE USE THE DONATE BUTTON AND GIVE VIA PAYPAL.  Donations of $5 and $10 have helped substantially in the execution of many of our projects to protect SacredWater and preserve the Lakota way of life.

Our request for support is more applicable today than ever.  Please read, share and give $10 if you can!!!


WE RELY ON THE ALLIES to keep our movement moving.  So far we have been able to mobilize our people and allies because of the generous donations made right here on our website from our supporters for the highly expensive costs of transportation.  The Lakota Oyate is a big place!  With TEN BUCK PLEDGES we have been able to accomplish a lot and hope that our family, friends and allies will continue their generosity and demonstrate their support of our work to protect SacredWater and the Lakota Way of life.  With communal effort we will be able to accomplish even more, most importantly recruiting allies and supporters to this critical work for everyone's future.  

Water Rights in the USA - Protecting Sacred Water

June 30, 2015

Owe Aku’s International Justice Project has put together this brief summary in an attempt to explain a bit about the state of and challenges to American water policy.

Owe Aku and the Red Warrior Camp 

Owe Aku’s warriors and water protectors were on the front line at Standing Rock helping to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline on Lakota territory.  We are proud of our people for their stance, their commitment and their vision.  We are also pround of the thousands of allies we have made from around the world in the struggle to preserve SacredWater from those that would continue to destroy, pollute and steal what we call Mni Wakan, our first medicine, sacred water. 

Statement from Owe Aku Bring Back the Way re: A Presidential Decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline - VETO


"Lakota are united with our relatives and allies up north. We must stop this kxl from entering the territory our ancestors loved, lived on for thousands of generations, and gave their greatest gift of all to defend, their lives. Our Creation stories teach us that this is our Home on Unci Maka, our homeland is part of our identity, we have our inherent birth right as Lakota Oyate. Our inherent birth right is a spiritual and human right, and we have treaty rights. We do not want kxl, we do not want tarsands in our lands, the tarsands must stay in the ground, the extraction and its aftermath is killing humans and all of life up there, and wasting precious water. The leaders of the world are looking at this, we need them to be good leaders and stand in the way of something bad coming toward us, all over the world, and here, in the big land, it is time for people to be clear to their leader. Now is a time when he can be a green revolutionary, and make decisions that can change the world.

"Please take a moment to help get our words, thoughts, and prayers out to the world, all over Unci Maka, that Lakota People, and many other Red Nations people, we have painted our faces. Our allies up north have painted their faces. For sacred water, for Unci Maka, for our generations. As people of the earth, our coming generations have a right to sacred water, no policy, no corporation, no politics should be more important than that. Regional water shortages are befalling people all over the world, people are being displaced, the four legged, the winged nations are becoming endangered and extinct because the system in place honors a huge profit over the health of Unci Maka, prioritizes an unsustainable energy policy that is and that will continue to lead us closer to what is perhaps the most dangerous point in our lifetime, wars over war. We are in a time of prophecy, our collective action will be significant, with all the love in our hearts, we must all resist this destruction, and stand for sacred water and Unci Maka.” 

To see a trailer for the documentary film, Crying Earth Rise Up, please visit http://www.cryingearthriseup.com/

Hear Debra White Plume at the State Department

Where we stand - hear the testimony of Debra White Plume from the Lakota Homeland of Owe Aku about treaties, tarsands, international law,  genocide and protection of Sacred Water and Mother Earth  at the October 7, 2011 Public Hearing on the 1600 mile TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline before the US State Department in Washingoton, D.C.

Owe Aku International Justice Project

PO Box 630212

Littleton, CO  80163



Owe Aku

PO Box 325

Manderson, SD 57756

© John Kent Lebsock 2016