In January of 2017, Hands On Global received a request to provide medical services in North Dakota at the Ocheti Oyate camp, during their months-long dispute with the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) over water and treaty rights.
Hands on Global raised funds for much needed medicines and medical supplies, as well as fresh fruit, dry goods and a cord of wood. Our doctor and nurses worked 12 hour shifts, in a camp with no running water, intermittent off-grid electricity and near-zero temperatures
As many of the tribal patients were leery of allopathic medicine; our staff worked with herbalists and holistic therapists to provide the best possible care for each individual.
Team members also sorted and organized the massive amounts of medical supplies which had been donated to the camps. They provided firewood and kindling to Lakota elders.
Members of the Hands on Global team returned to Standing Rock in February 2017. In partnership with Witnesses For Peace, they stood in solidarity with the Water Protectors as their camps were forcefully evacuated and bulldozed.