Episcopal Church called to stand with Standing Rock on Nov. 3

Posted Oct 28, 2016

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] The Episcopal Church community on the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in North Dakota has issued a call for the Episcopal Church to stand in solidary and witness with those protecting water on the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in North Dakota.

Concerned by the increased repression of non-violent water protectors whose ranks include men, women and youth, and supported by the wisdom of Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II, the Rev. John Floberg has appealed for clergy and laity around the Episcopal Church to come together on the banks of the Missouri River in North Dakota to stand in witness and solidarity on Nov. 3.

The militarized police presence near the camps of water protectors, compounded by the mass arrests of some of those protectors in recent days, have stirred the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church and other Episcopalians to advocacy and action. Over the past month, Episcopalians have called upon the U.S. Department of Justice to monitor the actions of local law enforcement, state police, and the U.S. National Guard, urging law-enforcement officials to “de-escalate military and police provocation in and near the campsites of peaceful protest and witness of the Dakota Access Pipeline project.” The Episcopal Church also stands with Archambault in his request of U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate potential civil rights violations involving the law enforcement response.

In a letter to the Episcopal Church on October 23, Floberg wrote:

“In recent days, the repressive power of the state has increased: armed riot police are guarding ongoing pipeline construction, increased arrests and repression of non-violent prayerful action. At the same time, Oceti Sakowin water protectors have reclaimed land never relinquished by treaty directly in the path of the pipeline and established a new camp.  Our duty as people of faith and clergy could not be clearer: to stand on the side of the oppressed and to pray for God’s mercy in these challenging times.”

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry issued a statement on August 25 in support of the people gathered at Standing Rock.  He traveled to Standing Rock and the Oceti Sakowin Camp of water protectors, demonstrating support and solidarity through his presence. Presiding Bishop Curry called this historic gathering of over two hundred Indigenous Nations from North America and other parts of the world “the new Selma,” and his statement has been echoed by the Episcopal bishops of North and South Dakota and others. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church USA, and the United Church of Christ are also standing in solidarity with the Standing Rock camps.

To learn more about this powerful opportunity to exercise our shared baptismal ministry as lay and clergy members see here.

Information from Episcopal News Service
Presiding Bishop tells Standing Rock protectors ‘the way of Jesus honors the water’

Executive Council Stands with Standing Rock

Evolving Standing Rock protests expand Episcopal Church’s ministry


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Comments (17)

  1. Alphonso Belleh says:

    Thx

  2. Michele Colburn says:

    Is there anything being organized to go to the site now or soon? As I write this five highly militarized state police groups are attempting to disperse the Indians and other protestors. This is completely out of control, and we need more than words. We need on site standing in solidarity. They need people. 10/28/2016

  3. Daniel Jarvis says:

    So glad to see TEC supporting in actions as well as prayers
    time for another prayer…please join in

    Mr. President, please do not tarry. You have little time to lay the foundation, before it is out of your hands. You know Selma.. the cause is even now, not won. NDN rights need a solid foundation for the long road ahead.

    Discern the times, Mr President. Thunderbird is rising. This is a federal concern, a treaty concern, a first nations sovereignty concern. Do you believe Donald will act against his investments and his racism? Do you know that Hilary will act for the First Nations? The time is now, and the person is you
    amen and aho

  4. Daniel Jarvis says:

    and THANK YOU Pres. Obama, for what youve already done

  5. Catherine Dickson says:

    Less than a week to get flights at reasonable costs? Or drive to No. Dakota?
    Not to mention that this is the most critical week for Voter Protection teams observing “early voting”, especially here in the South.
    Just wondering why not a call to action a few days after our Presidential election instead of before?
    There seem to be two critical but competing areas of ministry-
    Thank you for offering the opportunity to stand with our sisters and brothers at Standing Rock-

  6. If you need assistance with arranging ride shares to Standing Rock, there are a few Facebook groups on Facebook, and a forum called nodaplrideshares (that I used to get there) which can be found from a Google search. Taking a flight and bus is very expensive, equivalent to me flying to Europe. I am in the Texas Diocese. Contact me if you’d like. I can offer list of supplies that they need.

    If you have questions, please contact me and I can answer them. Jon.cope@icloud.com
    Peace be with you.

  7. Joan Ashmead Gibbs says:

    Hasn’t our government done enough to keep our Native American brothers down. I .not able to go there but will.hold them up in prayer and continue to donate to help the children

    1. llola Maoris says:

      This government has done nothing but help all these natives. Long ago it was their time to take responsibility for their lives and outcomes. They have chosen the way of handouts, alcoholism, free land, no taxes. Come on give us a break. Time for them to grow up and take care of themselves.

  8. Action seems needed now, as soon as possible if not immediately. You cannot wait until after the election. The President of power and office has greater standing now. The people of Standing Rock cannot wait or all will be taken away and jailed or shot by rubber bullets if this is put off. ACT NOW!!

  9. The Rev. Lucretia Jevne says:

    At almost $1000 for flights plus other expenses, it doesn’t really make sense to drop everything and join the action, although I would dearly love to. Perhaps there will be another opportunity with a little more prep time. In the meantime prayers and advocacy proceed!

  10. I believe it is utterly disgraceful that our government would even consider desecrating their sacred lands. I am absolutely fed up with the dollar bill being the only thing that matters and that our government seemingly has no respect for the Native American population. While I have no availability to attend the November 3 rally, my prayers will continue for an end to these horrific plans.

    1. llola Maoris says:

      Have you read all the reports that nullify your statements that the areas would be desecrated? The indigenous people that are less than that should take their future in their own hands and accept responsibility for their own well-being.

  11. Dr. Erna Lund says:

    What kind of “Thanksgiving” holiday will this be…? The facts speak so much louder than any fiction or myths re this historical time of the Native Americans with the pilgrims…
    Indeed the Standing Rock scenes of military/police attacking the indigenous peoples on their lands reminds one of those similar photos and other images of the Palestinians subjected to brutal attacks in their villages/lands by the Israeli Defense Forces.

  12. Jane Cutting says:

    Is St. James Church in Cannonball the best place to send a donation for supplies for protesters?

  13. Anthony Quickle says:

    No. You’re being conned. There is no legitimate issue here other than the Standing Rock tribe (and you fools being conned into sympathizing with an extortion scheme…) interfering with the lawful, throughly researched & archaeologically surveyed route for which the DAPL people applied and were approved, securing (paying) for the necessary property or easements along the entire route. This pipeline does not go through “Indian” lands, and is incredibly more environmentally safe & friendly than shipping the oil by road or rail. As to the “contaminated water source”, that’s complete hogwash….current pipeline technology is essential bombproof….it does not leak. You’re being conned.

    1. llola Maoris says:

      Do you really think this group of TEC rabble rousers can read and understand the truth! I don’t think they have read any of the reports t hat have been thoroughly researched and the area has been archaeologically surveyed. The truth that the pipeline does not go through Indian land and is safe and a far better choice than the overland method. As Anthony Quickle has stated so clearly and so well you are being conned. The indigenous people are very good at this having done it for hundreds of years. Wake up Americans and put your money and protests somewhere that will accomplish good not just provide for more trouble makers.

  14. Anne Siglin says:

    I am not able to attend on Nov. 3, but my thoughts and prayers are with Diocese of North and South Dakota, the clergy, the Native Americans, & the peaceful protesters. I am thrilled that the Episcopal Church is taking an active stand against the extortion that is being levied against this group of people. Historically the actions of the US Government have been abysmal against all tribes of Native Americans. This is an excellent start to “right these wrongs” that have been going for far too long.

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