Actions:

  • Send a letter to President Obama urging him to have the Department of Justice investigate allegations of civil rights abuses by law enforcement at the Standing Rock protest
  • Pray for those gathered at Standing Rock and also for a Mennonite faith-based delegation to Washington D.C. today on behalf of the Miskitu people, whose lands are threatened in Nicaragua, and the Wayana people of Suriname
  • Participate in a Mennonite faith-based delegation to Standing Rock – if you’re interested, fill out this contact form

Background: On September 9th, 2016, a joint statement from the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior halted construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on federal lands near Standing Rock Sioux lands, pending an extensive review. Protestors continue to call for a halt to construction on neighboring private lands and have been met with an increasingly militarized response from local and state law enforcement.

In a letter to the Attorney General, Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault II reminds us that, “This country has a long and sad history of using military force against indigenous people–including the Sioux Nation.” This history is inextricably linked to the Doctrine of Discovery.

Faith reflection: Pray for all who care for the Earth and all the resources the Creator has provided, including the land and the water. Pray for wisdom, courage, patience, and a willingness to find peaceful solutions for all involved – protestors, law enforcement, and government policymakers. Additional prayer resources.

Actions:

  • Send a letter to President Obama urging him to have the Department of Justice investigate allegations of civil rights abuses by law enforcement at the Standing Rock protest
  • Pray for those gathered at Standing Rock and also for a Mennonite faith-based delegation to Washington D.C. today on behalf of the Miskitu people, whose lands are threatened in Nicaragua, and the Wayana people of Suriname
  • Participate in a Mennonite faith-based delegation to Standing Rock – if you’re interested, fill out this contact form

Additional information: MCC Central States statement | Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery


Alert prepared by Tammy Alexander, Senior Legislative Associate for Domestic Affairs, November 3, 2016. Adapted from alerts by Creation Justice Ministries, of which MCC U.S. is a member, and the Presbyterian Church USA.

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