As colder weather soon begins in the area where hundreds of people have gathered with the Standing Rock Sioux–to protect water, land, tribal rights and harmonious relationships with the earth–Presbyterian Native American leaders are providing for ways that all Presbyterians can support this historical gathering.
To begin with, as needs for safe and sturdy lodging becomes imminent for wintertime, the Synod of Lakes and Prairies has set up a fund to receive donations that they will then use to meet the needs at Sacred Stones Camp:
The Synod of Lakes and Prairies
2115 Cliff Drive
Eagan, MN 55122
Note on check: Dakota Access Pipeline Acct #2087
They will send a confirmation to the donor that the funds were received and then again with information about where they were distributed. Please make sure to include your name and address on the check unless already printed on it.
In addition, Presbyterians are invited to pray alongside those who are praying every moment of every day at Sacred Stone Camp. Pray wherever you are, whenever you think of it. For the people gathered, for the earth itself, for the history that has come before, for this moment now, and for the future before us. The camp was founded on prayer on day one, and continues to be a place of prayer.
Furthermore, we can keep attention and share media coverage as this struggle continues, as some people may start considering this “old news.” Let us continue to be mindful, prayerful, and connected. We can read more about recent General Assembly actions related to the Doctrine of Discovery and an apology to Native Americans, consider modern implications of our long-held PC(USA) policy on environmental racism, and keep aware of any statements or articles released by various Presbyterian circles on these issues.
The Office of Public Witness also reminds us in the action guide that we can be putting pressure on Congress and the U.S. Department of Justice– call and make your concerns heard!
- Contact your congressional representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and asking them to request that the Army Corps of Engineers conduct a more complete environmental assessment of the pipeline project that 1) includes the impact on the tribal reservation, and 2) honors obligations expressed in the treaty with the Standing Rock Tribe.
- Contact the U.S. Department of Justice to ask them to continue monitoring the methods used by police and security during the standoff in order to protect the peaceful protestors from potential violence and harassment
As we learn more, we will continue to share. Peace and blessings to all who surround this time with prayers, love and acts of solidarity.