Taking a stand with Standing Rock

October 31, 2016
Photo by Charmaine Robledo for the Mountain Sky Area, UMC
Since spring 2016, people from all over the world have gathered at the Sacred Stone Camp to support the Standing Rock Sioux Nations as they protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline, which would transport crude oil, was to run from North Dakota to Illinois and potentially jeopardize the water source of the reservation, the Missouri River.

The number of protestors at the Standing Rock Camp has grown to about 3,000 to 4,000 and includes indigenous people from other nations. The peaceful resistance has continually been met with much violence, however, as recently reported by National Public Radio (NPR) on Oct. 30, 2016: Standing Rock Sioux Continue Opposition to Dakota Access Pipeline.

United Methodists have been taking a stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Learn more about their actions below:
  The Rocky Mountain Conference Church and Society Network has funds available for individuals or groups to travel to the Standing Rock Souix Nation and then share their experiences. There is an immediate "Clergy Call to Solidarity at Standing Rock" this week, Nov. 2 to 4 that clergy are invited to attend. Additionally, there are opportunities and needs for others, laity or clergy, to stand in solidarity for the weeks to come. If clergy or laity are able to travel to the Standing Rock Souix Nation and need help with travel funds, please contact Rev. Pat Johnson, patjohns626@yahoo.com, or Laurie Day, laurie@rmcumc.com, for more information.

Did you know November is Native American Heritage Month? Get resources for worship planning on the Discipleship Ministries website.