KXL Rejected

Thank you Mr. President! I am grateful to President Obama for rejecting the KXL pipeline.

Congratulations to Bold Nebraska, Reject & Protect, Winona LaDuke and Honor the Earth for your hard-fought efforts and role in this historic Cowboy & Indian Alliance, standing in opposition to the oil and gas industry.

It was so exciting to see all the teepees surrounded by the cowboys and indians together on the Washington Mall. Historic. I missed the big parade because I was on the road working on a project with my sister Kim. But I was able to document a bit of the scene with my Widelux camera.

I am trying to keep an open mind, but I see no way out other than investing in sustainable energy sources. Investing in dirty oil is not my idea of leadership and the whole world is looking to us as the most clever, able, and funded place to begin to do the right thing.

Honor the Earth uses my photograph of Sonja Holy Eagle as their organization logo image. It was very exciting to have my image – photographed in this historic time and place by so many other people!

Stop by and meet Sonja at her shop – Dakota Drum – next time you are in Rapid City. All is good – except I know I sound like a broken record – I sure wish there was a little photo credit near the picture of Sonja on the teepee! ha!

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Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett is an author, photographer and filmmaker telling the stories of life, family and community with intimacy, honesty and impact. Pickett is Producer, Director and Camera for the award-winning feature documentary film ‘The Fabulous Ice Age’, about the rise and fall of the great American touring ice shows and one man’s quest to save the history, available on Netflix and Amazon. Her short film, 'Steel // Spirit' premiered at MSPIFF and won certificate of excellence in India. Her award-winning books include Love in the 90s; BB and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, A Granddaughter’s Portrait (Warner Books, 1995); Faeries; Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses (Aperture, 2000); Saving Body & Soul, The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland (WaterBrook, 2004). The recipient of a Jerome and Minnesota State Arts Board grants, three McKnight Foundation Photography fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts award, and a Bush Foundation Fellow, Pickett’s work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.