An Invitation to Stand with Standing Rock
A resolution from the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church asks the Episcopal Church at all levels to prayerfully and financially support the planned winter encampment of the people bearing witness to and peacefully and prayerfully protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The route under construction intrudes onto the sacred grounds of the Sioux Nation, and the pipeline endangers the water supply from the Missouri River.
To show our support of our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of North Dakota, people from across the Diocese of Nebraska are invited to show their solidarity in a variety of ways.
We encourage people throughout the diocese to be part of the Tuesday, November 15 at the Nationwide Day of Action.
In DioNeb, we invite you to create and share a video via Facebook or Twitter of a person or group of people reading Psalm 18:1-20 and/or the prayer For the Conservation of Natural Resources on p. 827 in the Book of Common Prayer to be posted the week of November 14th.
Use the hashtag #DioNebStandsInPrayer when you post your video.
We will combine all the videos into a final DioNeb video to share with the parishes and people at Standing Rock to show that people in the Diocese of Nebraska are standing with them in prayer.
If you want to create a video, but prefer not to share it on social media, please contact the diocese at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about sharing your video privately, but keep in mind the finished video will be shared publicly.
Additional Acts of Solidarity:
If you are in the Omaha area, join fellow Episcopalians as we stand together in prayer and solidarity with Native allies at the Army Corps of Engineers office (1616 Capitol Ave.) from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. We’ll stand peacefully on the sidewalk as drummers and singers pray with us, calling on the Army Corps and President Obama to revoke the permits for this dirty oil pipeline. Please bring art and banners. (Some sample messages for art: Stand in Prayer. Stop the Pipeline, Solidarity with Standing Rock and Iowa #NoDAPL, or Pres. Obama: Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The Diocese of North Dakota is accepting monetary donations for supplies needed by the people camped at Standing Rock. Go to the Diocese of North Dakota website and look for the Donate button in the lower right corner. This will take you to the donation page, where you can add special instructions that your donation is to go to support the Standing Rock water protectors.
Include the people of the Standing Rock Sioux and the people camped there to protect the water in your daily prayers, and encourage your parish leaders to include prayers for Standing Rock in the Prayers of the People.
Use the resources below to learn more and then stay up-to-date on the situation at Standing Rock. Help us all to remember what is happening there by sharing news stories on social media and talking about it with other people. When we are asked to write, or call government officials on behalf of the people of Standing Rock, take the time to follow up on that request.
Statement by the North Dakota Council of Indian Ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Dakota Access Pipe Line (August 19, 2016)
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: Statement in support of the advocacy of the people of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation