For Zintkala Mahpiya Wi Blackowl, Sky Bird Woman, the birth of her baby girl at one of the water protector camps in North Dakota was the ultimate act of resistance.Baby, as yet unnamed, was born early in the morning in a tipi on October 12 directly into her mother’s arms as their family slept nearby. The family’s tipi is pitched alongside the Cannonball River.Baby is healthy and thriving. Blackowl plans to take her to Indian Health Service this week for a well-baby check-up.
The baby has now been named. She is Mni Wiconi — Water is Life.