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White Board At The Phone Action To Support Standing Rock Water Protectors. Photo: V. Carlie
White board at the Phone Action to support Standing Rock Water Protectors. photo: V. Carlie

Supporting Standing Rock: Updates & What You Can Do

SEYM minuted our support for the Standing Rock Sioux in protesting the DAPL pipeline at our Fall Interim Business Meeting. Since then, SEYM Friends have provided updates and ways Friends can help.

Update: Kody Hersh (Miami) has been to the Standing Rock encampments twice as a member of the Christian Peace Teams delegation, and shared his experiences with Friends at Half Yearly Meeting (HYM). The Miami Meeting newsletter writes:

“Kody Hersh gave a talk at HYM about his experiences at Standing Rock. He was deeply impressed by how organized the 3 camps are. He worked with the legal team helping people fill out paperwork to have on file of people who are willing to risk arrest in protest in support of the Water Keepers, who are protesting the construction of the DAPL pipeline. Kody says the atmosphere was one of constant prayer. Kody was part of a Christian Peacemaker Team invited by the tribes to assist.  …The camp has received tons of donations of material aid. What is probably most needed now are donations to the legal fund.”

Making phone calls:

hymwhiteboardcarlieAlso at Half Yearly Meeting, Friends made phone calls to various government officials to express their support for the Standing Rock Sioux, their concerns about authorities’ harsh treatment of the Water Protectors (not ‘protesters’), and to let them know “the whole world is watching.”

Friends shared these phone numbers:

  • Dakota Office of the Governor: 701-328-2200
  • Morton County Sheriff: 701-328-8118
  • Dakota National Guard: 701-333-2000
  • White House: 202-456-1111
  • White House Situation Room: 202-456-9431
  • Senator Marco Rubio: 202-224-3041
  • Senator Bill Nelson: 202-224-5274; 305-536-5999 (Coral Gables office)

Sending donations:

Willie Hager, of Jacksonville Meeting and Jacksonville Veterans for Peace, sent in information on sending donations. He writes:

“Here’s the information on sending supplies to Standing Rock to help our courageous native brothers and sisters get through the winter. They need warm sub-zero sleeping bags, 4-season tents, shovels, winter clothing, etc. VFP has a contingent on the ground there, now.”

If you want to send supplies directly, you can mail them to:

  • Sacred Stone Camp, P.O. Box 1011, Fort Yates, ND 58538   -OR-
  • Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Attention: Donations, PO Box D Building #1, North Standing Rock Avenue, Fort Yates, ND 58538

To send supplies to the kids at the Defenders of the Water School, please purchase items on the Amazon wish list…please DO NOT send more school supplies: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/ls/ref=…

You can donate directly to:

Learn More

• Standing Rock Sioux No DAPL site: standwithstandingrock.net

• Sacred Stone Camp website: sacredstonecamp.org 

AFSC Stands in Solidarity with Standing Rock, read about their delegations and other actions.

FCNL’s Action Alert, December 1: Act Now, Stand with Water Protectors

• Epistle from Travelers to Standing Rock,  New England Yearly Meeting