The website says: "We need to be able to pay for lodging to protect our gear and supplies - the warriors depend on us to tell their stories to refute police statements, get the message out, and to raise money so they can stay here for the long term." Is this the definition of a media representative or journalist?
To say the connections are murky is probably not the best description.
Fundraising and crowd sourcing is more like the head of a hydra. Those who remember their Greek mythology recall the Hydra was a giant water snake with a number of heads that could be as few as 5 and as many as 100. One of the 12 labors of Hercules was to kill the Hydra. Certainly investigating crowd-sourced fundraising based on the Standing Rock name is a Herculean task.
Part II: Prayerful Protest Turns Violent and the Poor Are Plundered
Note: Standing Rock Tribal Member Avis Little Eagle, has served as Councilwoman, Vice Chairwoman and Councilwoman-at-large for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. She is a 1987 graduate of Sitting Bull College and attended Black Hills State University where she majored in Mass Communications with a minor in Native Studies. She began her career as a journalist in 1990, working at The Lakota Times Newspaper. She eventually worked her way from newspaper reporter to managing editor at the newspaper, which later became Indian Country Today. She resides in McLaughlin, S.D., where she also is the publisher of the Teton Times, a newspaper covering the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux Reservations. This article was initially published in the Teton Times, which does not have an online presence.