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Standing with Standing Rock
January 22, 2017 @ 12:30 pm
WATER IS LIFE
Council fires were lit by the elders in September and extinguished in December 2016 at the encampment of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota.
It was a historic event that drew international interest from fellow lovers of this earth, water protectors, allies and indiginous people.
The camp hosted thousands in peaceful protest to the Dakota Access Pipeline Project that bulldozed sacred Native lands with plans to override US treaties dating back to the 1851 and 1868. Similar pipeline projects are frought with a repeated story of destroying natural habitats in construction alone, with further and more widespread devastation by spills into waterways, into our life source. Wni Wiconi means Water is Life.
Members of Mountain Forum for Peace together with huge community response, brought winter supplies, first aid and medical kits, stoves, a community tent that went to serve as a kitchen and gathering space for volunteers. Hosted Phyllis Bald Eagle and Amos Cook (Black Horse) local Nederland support was received with ceremony and collaborative efforts were generously held in a sacred safe space. The victory turned a page in the chapter of our socio-political relationship as The Army Corps of Engineers halted the project in December. The outcome empowers indiginous and marginalized communities around the globe to stand up in solidarity for the planet.
A mother and resident offered a lesson to some of those who visited:
“It is not that hate does not exist in me, it rises up when I and my son were shot at with teargas and rubber bullets, as we stood in prayer and peace in the water holding only sage in our hands. To not react to hate (inside or outside of us) is peace.”
The local Nederland community gathered in December for a water ceremony, in reflection and honor of the ongoing struggle to care for this earth in harmony with our human presence.
To Learn More Locally:
Water is Life: Standing Rock and Beyond – with Joseph Medicine Robe
Community Forum of First Universalist Church – Sunday, January 22, 12:30 p.m.
at First Plymouth Congregational Church of Denver, La Foret Room, 2nd Floor,
3501 S. Colorado Blvd., CO 80113 –
(SW corner of E. Hampden Ave. & S. Colorado Blvd.)