Accounts of Quaker Support for the Standing Rock protest in North Dakota in the fall of 2016
Standing with the Standing Rock – November 2016
by Jasmine Krotkov, Montana Gathering of Friends
Nearly 300 Native nations have pledged their support for the Standing Rock Sioux Nation to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from tunneling under the Missouri river. Indigenous nations from South, Central and North America, and New Zealand are represented as well, speaking of their recognition that water is not just necessary to life, but is life, the same presence throughout the Earth and it connects us all on this watery planet. The Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council fires of the Sioux Nation) has convened for the first time since the Battle of Greasy Grass (Little Big Horn), heeding the call to protect at least this patch of the planet from extractive capitalism. . . . (Read more.)
An Interview With Noeline Villebrun, Dene National Chief – November 2016
by Shelley Blank, Santa Monica Friends Meeting
I am Tthestonotine Woman and I am called yellowknives woman, that is the name given to me. I am from Dene Land. My language is from this territory. We say Water is Life!
When I first arrived at the Border to North Dakota, a feeling of excitement came over me. Plus, knowing my journey there will end and another will begin. My thoughts were all over, then I understood it was my fear of the unknown, what would I see, would I know anyone besides my contacts? I was travelling by myself. These were the questions I needed answered to feel secure in my emotions and decisions I would have to make. I stopped along the way and asked questions of many people from all races. I was not shy when it came to asking questions—a good trait to have if you venture out alone and into the unknown. . . . (Read more.)
AFSC Stands in Solidarity with Standing Rock – November 2016
by American Friends Service Committee
In late September, the American Friends Service Committee sent a delegation of six people to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s prayer camps at the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball Rivers. The delegation traveled out of concern for the Tribe and in solidarity with the tremendous gathering of water protectors from across Indian Country now taking a peaceful, prayerful stand to save the water that flows through Standing Rock reservation and their unceded treaty land. This delegation spent four days traveling among the camps and listening to those protecting the water from Dakota Access pipeline construction. Today AFSC is releasing the delegation’s report . . . (Read more.)
David vs. Goliath: Competing at Standing Rock – September 2016
By Kyle Chandler-Isacksen, Reno Friends Meeting
September 27th, 2016: We reached the Dakota Access Pipe Line construction site at about noon. This was an hour after prayers and reminders from native leaders at the frontline camp and after driving 30 dusty miles over empty North Dakota back roads. The front line camp is just a mile up from the large Oceti Sakowin camp, home to a couple thousand people while we were there. “We have many warriors with us today who will protect the elders, the women, the children. Remember, this is a nonviolent action.” . . . (Read more.)
QEW Statement of Support for Actions at Standing Rock – September 2016
by Quaker Earthcare Witness
Quaker Earthcare Witness is a North American-wide network of Friends (Quakers) and other like-minded people, who see the ecological and social crises of our times as matters of deep spiritual concern.
We are called to support the voices and actions of the more than 150 Tribal Nations at Sacred Stones Camp in North Dakota, and of others who have come forward to join them in peaceful protest, in protection of the water of the Missouri from the danger of contamination from a fossil fuel pipeline.
We see in the events at Sacred Stones Camp a clear example of how ecological and social concerns are blended in real life, when people take a stand to protect the Earth and themselves. . . . (Read more.)