This workshop will lift up key issues of racism, corporate power, and militarism in the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline against the will of the Standing Rock Nation and the allied water protectors defending the Missouri River. This dynamic workshop will provide a brief background about the #NoDAPL campaign and offer a timely update of related advocacy actions. Native Americans and clergy active in this movement will share insights. With a lens toward matters of race, environment, and the militarized response of law enforcement, the workshop will delve into the deeper lessons to be learned from this historic, international, and indigenous-led movement. The workshop will also stimulate provocative questions for reflection related to other communities in considering climate justice advocacy today.
Rev. Deacon Brandon Maui, Episcopal Deacon at Standing Rock, Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt, United Church of Christ; Elona Street- Stewart, Presbyterian Synod of Lakes and Prairies.