The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a planned 1,172-mile oil pipeline, with an expected capacity of 500,000 barrels of oil per day. The pipeline would originate in the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota and terminate in Pakota, Illinois. Since April, 2016 a growing popular movement lead by indigenous people has formed at the site of pipeline construction. As of mid-September, thousands of native and non native protestors have demonstrated support at the Sacred Stone Camp, site of the protest camp, and an unprecedented 180 tribal nations have sent letters of solidarity. These camps are being monitored by the National Guard, and private security companies have attacked some protestors with dogs, among whom number women and children.
On Sunday, November 13, we commissioned church members Peter Anderson and Christina Van der Plas who traveled to Sacred Stone Camp and delivered support and affirmation. They brought with them a 12 foot diameter tepee made by Nomadics Tipi Makers in Bend, Oregon in authentic Sioux fashion, designed to manage bitter cold, snow and wind. Peter and Christina will share it with others while there, then it will be given to the tribe. (If you would like to share in its cost, you may still do so by writing a check to FPCSA with “Standing Rock” notation in the memo line and mailing to the church office at 72 Kensington Rd, San Anselmo, CA 94960.)
To learn more about our stake as Presbyterians in this issue and an Action Guide, please visit The Office of Public Witness blog of the Presbyterian Church USA. Additional links may be found here and here.
Photo credit: Thane Maxwell