Standing Rock…Please Pray!


Please pray for Standing Rock, as protestors are ordered to break camp by Feb 19th.

There is a build-up of law enforcement there and I am trying to understand clearly what is happening:

It was my understanding that President Trump approved the completion of DAPL with 2 key conditions:


  1. The pipeline would be moved 70 miles around native lands.
  2. Higher quality US steel would be used, and higher monitoring equipment installed to ensure safety and non leakage.

Yet, today, I read an article on Facebook from the Standing Rock camp, that stated that DAPL had mobilized more law enforcement and military equipment, and that instead of DAPL rerouting the pipe as had been announced, they were intent on ramming it through the original route.


Is this true?

If it is, I do not fear natives, nor DAPL, but God.

He is very much alive and active in the affairs of men, and He sees, hears, and will act.

I love the USA, and am very excited about the decisions our new President is making, to rebuild this country.

Treachery, lies and betrayal will not get this done.

I would like to understand where the new proposed route is, 70 miles away, and and what is being done to begin construction there, instead of Standing Rock.

Seems simple to me:

I am the son of a military officer. Orders can be given to mobilize troops to remove DAPL from the contested site, and to monitor and help them move construction equipment to the new site, safely so that protestors do not vandalize it (it’s been a long winter..)

Troops can remove law enforcement, and order military equipment to stand down, forcing them to reopen the bridge and road there, formally removing the razor wire and road-block.

At the same time, as an act of goodwill, they might help natives dismantle camp, and clean up the grounds.

Seems simple from the outside looking in…What do you think?

The Decision of Standing Rock – PRAY!

Today, I saw this tweet from President Trump:

Signing orders to move forward with the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines in the Oval Office.

At first I was in shock, until I read this post from the clergy standing with Standing Rock:

From Oceti Sakowin

Warriors, Water Protectors,

You have demonstrated your strength of spirit, your conviction, on every level. We know that you see the enemy clearly before you and you want to throw everything at it, this is the fight for life. The battleground has shifted, though the fight is still the same—to protect our Mother Earth. To protect the water and the coming generations we need you to direct your energies elsewhere. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST) approved a resolution requiring all Water Protector Camps to close in thirty days. The presence of Water Protectors will not be allowed on tribal land after February 19th, 2017.

The ceremony that called you here has ended—the sacred fires have been put to sleep. The Oceti Sakowin fire will be relit in the future. In the meantime you carry it with you, in your hearts. The Horn, representative of the Great Sioux Nation has asked people in camp to go home. Elders have asked people to go home. Now both Cannon Ball District and SRST have officially asked everyone in all the camps to go home.This effort has exhausted the resources of this region.

The spiritual focus and cultural strength of the Oceti Sakowin Camp enabled us to overcome oppressive conditions, giving us pure purpose. This ceremony is over now, the culture is following its natural pattern and all tribes are returning home to family, to recover, to heal, and to prepare for assaults on the sacred—mini wiconi.

The Oceti Sakowin never gathered for this long in one place, and we have experienced many of the things the ancestors did, shifting leadership that changed with the waves of opposing force meant to break us. As devastating as our experiences have been, our strength in diversity has come to the surface—we have witnessed much darkness surface as well. We have the opportunity to let go of what does not work and move now with currents that have a chance of working. Do not let anger guide you, let spirit lead the way.

Surely we have all made mistakes here. We can look forward to criticism and new challenges, and tests to the things that matter to us most. The council’s vote today must be respected, as we respect the interests of our brothers and sisters in the communities that were our hosts. They have expended much to defend these waters and ancestral ground against DAPL. In this time all people face the oppression of spirit delivered in the messages and false promises of this failing system. Delivered to us through the news, through marketing, through media of all forms people are guided to destroy the planet and exploit each other. If we do not stand together our efforts and sacrifices will be diluted—we are seeing this already, we have seen it all along. Our prayers are stronger though. We need to stand together, and right now all the support is being withdrawn, we see this and know this. The resources are gone or soon will be.

Many of us will have to return for legal cases, for those arrests that we endured, at this time our Prayers are UP for ways to help those Protectors who made this sacrifice.

We are calling you warriors to go in a good way now, and if you have the spirit to fight, turn it to clearing and cleaning the land we have defended, for the sacred act of protecting these waters from the materials left here. Turn it to the process of changing the system we are in, and asserting Tribal sovereignty by ensuring the impacts to the environment are fully assessed in the EIS. This study will address public concerns and set a precedent for other struggles in other tribal territories. We can help our brothers and sisters who came here to stand with us assert their sovereignty in this way.

To stay here is not peaceful. To stay here invites violence and may hurt all the First Nations who sacrificed so much with us to protect the Earth.

We invite those in camp who have valuable skills to contribute to other struggles, to travel to these places and help them as you helped us. Help our brothers and sisters struggling for Indigenous rights, care for the land, and protection of Mother Earth. Share the lessons and experiences you’ve had with them, how we worked together in a good way, the way of giving. Help them understand the power of people who the assembled at the Oceti Sakowin Camp.


As I studied to be a warrior, and true disciple of Jesus, I remember this phrase:
“You have never ever submitted to authority, until you have first of all been not in agreement with authority”

Jesus submitted to  the will of the Father, even though He shed drops of blood in prayer in the garden before He went to the cross. I too, will have to face the cross of Jesus in my own heart, as I weep over how this has gone.

Somehow, a resolution has come to this stand-off. May it end peacefully….

The water protectors clearly do not appear to intend to allow DAPL through native lands.





Standing Rock Update

And so the story continues – many saw as over 2000 veterans arrived in Standing Rock over the weekend, to join in prayer, and to act as human shields to protect the native water protectors from further police brutality.


Veterans honoring native elders and chiefs


Man in airport arriving



Veterans arrived all day and all night Saturday for Sunday’s day of prayer



Winter has come to Standing Rock!











Veterans attend a Sioux tribal welcome meeting at Sitting Bull College as "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, in Fort Yates, North Dakota, U.S.







The reconciliation service:



So, at 5PM Sunday, elders were told that the Army Corp of Engineers had contacted them and formally stated they would not grand DAPL easement to cross the Missouri river. That the people could now go home, that it was over.


Yet, it is not over! DAPL today moved equipment into place to begin tunnelling under the river, in direct violation of the stop work order of the Army!

Veterans are still there, in the snow, silently, prayerfully, peacefully, standing against the pipeline in a blizzard.


Protestors in the snow:

And so the protest continues…