What is Happening at Standing Rock? The Standing Rock Sioux, have been opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) since 2014. The Standing Rock Sioux believe the current route of the pipeline crosses land granted to them under an 1851 treaty. They maintain that they have never ceded or sold the land. In addition, the Standing Rock Sioux are concerned for the damage to their burial grounds. In addition to the concerns about Native American treaty rights, the Standing Rock Sioux are as concerned about the environmental risks that led white residents of Bismarck to object to the pipeline. The Red Rock Sioux say, “Water Is Life”. They see themselves as guardians of the water and the land.
UU Presence at Standing Rock: Rev. Peter Morales, President of the UUA, has called on Unitarian Universalists across the country to support the Water Protectors at Standing Rock, North Dakota. To date, dozens of UU clergy and religious leaders of other faiths have joined the Standing Rock Sioux in attempting to stop the pipeline. President Morales will be part of a nation-wide clergy presence at Standing Rock on Thursday, November 3.
How Can You Help? The Bismarck-Mandan UU Fellowship has been actively supporting the #NoDAPL effort since last spring. You can support the work of our UU congregation in Bismarck-Mandan by making a contribution. Please make your check out to MSUS and put “Standing Rock” in the memo line. Checks can be sent to the MSUS Office by November 11.
For More Information:
Special Issue of Indian Country Today magazine, devoted to the DAPL: http://ictmn.lughstudio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/DAPL-Magazine-2016_PREVIEW_r1.pdf
A Native American Perspective on the DAPL: https://transformativespaces.org/2016/10/27/how-to-talk-about-nodapl-a-native-perspective/