A call to action on Standing Rock

Posted on October 24, 2016

On October 15 Diocesan Convention passed a resolution of support for our Native American brothers and sisters at Standing Rock, North Dakota who are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Among other things, that resolution encouraged “congregations, deaneries, and this Diocese to find ways to support the protectors at Cannon Ball through the raising of funds to be sent through the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota” and “to consider pilgrimages to Cannon Ball….”

At Convention, Bishop Marc boldly undertook to lead a diocesan pilgrimage this winter, details of which will be forthcoming.

In the meantime, winter weather is already descending on North Dakota and the need for donations to assist the people of Standing Rock braving that weather is urgent. In this regard, the following from Episcopal News Service is worthy of attention:

“Financial donations are being accepted by the diocese [of North Dakota], according to the Rev. John Floberg, canon missioner for the Episcopal Church community on the Standing Rock reservation, who serves three congregations in the North Dakota part of the reservation: St. Luke’s in Fort Yates, St. James’ in Cannon Ball and Church of the Cross in Selfridge. “Money is best,” he said, “because we can purchase everything here or pay bills here that are incurred.” Such donations can be made to the diocese via the “donate” button on its web page, referencing “Standing Rock” or “NODAPL.” They can also be mailed to the diocese at 3600 25th St. South, Fargo, ND 58104

Floberg said material donations are also acceptable but only those officially requested by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Currently, those requests include jackets and hoodies, blankets, tents and infant formula. Nighttime temperatures are dropping into the 50s and there could be frost in early September, he said.  .Floberg can transport material donations to the camps and ensure their proper distribution and use. People wishing to make these sorts of donations must email him first at jffloberg@gmail.com to arrange shipment.”

On October 24, Floberg called for at least 100 clergy to come and stand on the front line of the Standing Rock Protection November 4 and several DioCal clergy have already responded. Please email him at jffloberg@gmail.com if you feel called to do this. He added that "We will be given training to protest without violence, prayerful and without intent of being arrested. It is time."