On October 5, 2016, Erin Hawkins, General Secretary of the General Commission on Religion and Race joined Rev. David Wilson, superintendent of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, at Standing Rock to meet with Sioux tribal leaders.
On January 24th, Donald Trump ordered the resumption of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
As Native American people continue to stand and protect their sacred land, North Dakota state congress considers legislation legalizing the use of vehicles to clear roadways by hitting and potentially killing demonstrators.
Rev. Wilson reflected on the risks the demonstrators may face with their refusal to leave the camp.
“I am very concerned for the welfare of the water protectors,” stated Wilson. “Despite three new bills legalizing the use of vehicles to run down protectors, they remain determined to stand their ground and fight to the very end.”
In this time of widespread deregulation, defunding, and gag order rulings for public agencies, we are called to protect those who are most vulnerable and work for the common good.
Now more than ever, your voice could make a difference in the lives and outcomes of those standing for clean water:
Contact your congressional representative: visit http://www.house.gov/ then enter your zip code to find representative contact information, or contact other agency to express your concern:
- Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414
- Sign the White House petition: bit.ly/StandingRockWH
- Call the Army Corps of Engineers at (202) 761-5903
Learn more. General Commission on Religion and Race Standing Rock Resources: