Standing Rock Delegation's blog

My Reflections on Standing Rock by Christine Caton (Presbyterian Teaching Elder and PPF Executive Committee Member)

I was privileged to spend Thanksgiving week with a delegation from the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.
We were there because the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota people are fighting to stop an oil pipeline from going through Reservation land. This is threatening to contaminate their water supply, as well as desecrate ancient sacred sites, including the burial site of Sitting Bull. Over three hundred native nations from all over the world were there to share in this struggle, as well as many non-native allies, such as my delegation.

Their water is our water.

Written by Colleen Earp, former PPF General Assembly intern currently serving the Presbytery of the James as an environmental educator at Camp Hanover and attending Union Presbyterian Seminary.

Correcting our Mistakes

Written by Bob Ross

We spent much of our first full day at Standing Rock fixing problems that we created. We locked our keys in our car as soon as we arrived. That was embarrassing. There was stuff in the car that we needed. And, well, we need to get home at some point.

How to Support the Water Protectors Right Now

One way that we can all surround the Water Protectors with love is by making calls to key stakeholders in the Dakota Access Pipeline. Even if you cannot go to Standing Rock or go to a Solidarity Action this week (there will be many with a Global Day of Action on Dec 1--we will update as we know more!), you can make calls or you can organize an action of your own.

En Route to Standing Rock

I write this as I’m sitting at the breakfast table of Abbi and Ben Heimach-Snipes in Chicago, where we stayed last night after six of us drove from New York City to Chicago. Once we got here we met Colleen Earp, who flew in to Chicago from Richmond, Virginia. In a few hours we will be commissioned at the Friendship Presbyterian Church in Chicago and then the six of us from New York, plus Ben and Colleen will head toward Minneapolis, where we’ll have dinner at the Church of All Nations and pick up three others in our delegation before heading on to Standing Rock.