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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Standing Firm at Standing Rock

Standing Rock logo  (Public Domain)
Along the Cannonball River in the Dakotas, a Peace Camp is gathering momentum.  Known as Standing Rock, this “indigenous spiritual movement” has been “sweeping North America.”

Rooted in protest against the proposed Dakota Access pipeline, which would run through “sacred Native lands,” Standing Rock has become far more than just that.  One participant, who traveled all the way from Hawaii, calls it a “prayer camp.”

These indigenous prayers “seek to protect [sacred] land, water, and other natural resources from further human development.”  They are in sharp contrast to the Manifest Destiny theology that dominated 18th- and 19th-century thinking.  

Whereas so-called “Christian awakenings” were used to subjugate Native Americans and their lands, Standing Rock spirituality seeks to cherish and preserve earth-based blessings.


Copyright October 5, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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