Call to Action: Honor the Treaties – Facing History

Peace & Social Concerns


In the month since Friends approved the minute of September 6, 2016,  the Indian Committee has been busy. With the Eco Justice Collaborative, we are moving forward to identify appropriate and welcome ways to support the Standing Sioux against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) near Bismarck, North Dakota. We are collaborating with the Eco Justice Collaborative and have contact with Bismarck Friends Meeting. We sent out the minute to the Governor of North Dakota, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Justice Department and the White House. You can, too! See the links below.

There are now new reports and video of native people being pepper sprayed, beaten, arrested and mistreated in custody. You can support the legal fund here. The protests have remained peaceful but in response, the DAPL opponents set up a new camp and claimed eminent domain on unceded land according to historic treaty rights of the mid 1800’s

As we stated in our minute “The UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples ensures the Standing Rock Sioux rights to legal recognition and protection of their homelands; fair process related to their lands; conservation and protection of their lands’ environment; and free, prior, and informed consent related to hazardous materials on their homelands. We support the Standing Rock Sioux in their demands for all of these rights to be recognized and implemented here.”

Friend Nancy Webster visited the camps and has been invited back. She relays a call from the Lakota for non-violent trainers for the NON-Indian people coming in support. We have located hospitality resources with Bismarck-Mandan Society of Friends going to the camps on a regular basis and will provide hospitality if you do have the skill of teaching non-violence. Please contact Patricia Shore, co-clerk of the Indian Committee at for more details.

Here’s more from Friend Nancy Webster, “Police shot down drones which were filming peaceful prayer walk for the newspaper Indian Country, beat walkers with batons, sprayed more tear gas, etc. They are calling for people ALREADY trained in non-violent opposition who are willing to get arrested.  I think it may get much more violent, as the police are armed with live ammo, wearing riot gear all the time, etc. They are even telling the little kids in the campo, “Tell  your parents to leave if you want them to live.” What adult would say that to a little kid?

I think the best we can do is 1)offer again to send non-violent trainers (lots of people in camp not familiar with this, although trainers here), get the news out to PYM Friends and encourage them to write ALL their elected reps to support the Lakota, figure out strategies and join with those picketing the money behind it all (TD< Enterprise, Sunoco, Citigroup, Banke Swisse, etc.) and maybe most important at this time, gedt the reguilar news (TV, radio, newspapers) to get the facts out. The pipeline’s money has bought almost complete silence from mainstream media.  Makes me think of the great silence before the military-like invasion of the religious compound at Waco. There are heliocopters and cop drones overhead 24/7. They have told us they have all our retnal scans, let alone our license plates, cell phone numbers, etc.”

Here’s what else you need to know to help fight the Dakota Access Pipeline!

1. Contribute to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s fundraiser:…/standing-rock-sioux-tribe–dakot…/

2. Call or Email your Congressional Representative or Senator.

3. Call or Email Denis McDonough, Chief of Staff to the President and Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of Army Corp of Engineers. Tell them to rescind the permits granted to Dakota Access:

Denis McDonough, Chief of Staff to the President
(202) 456-3182

Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of Army Corp of Engineers

4. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund:

5. You can donate items from the Sacred Stone Camp Supply List:

6. Call the Army Corps of Engineers and demand that they reverse the permit: (202) 761-5903

7. You can sign the petition to the White House to Stop DAPL:…/stop-construction-dakota…

8.Call the executives of the companies that are building the pipeline:

a. Lee Hanse
Executive Vice President
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
San Antonio, Texas 78258
Telephone: (210) 403-6455

b. Glenn Emery
Vice President
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
San Antonio, Texas 78258
Telephone: (210) 403-6762

c. Michael (Cliff) Waters
Lead Analyst
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
1300 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77002
Telephone: (713) 989-2404

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