We are still standing strong in our prayer at Standing Rock. While the winter has laid a blanket upon the sacred lands of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and many Water Protectors have returned home to reunite with family for the holidays, a beautiful unification is occurring with those who remain to protect our water and to
inspire the world to join this prayer.
This month at Standing Rock, we experienced the true power of prayer and what is possible when all colors of humanity choose to replace fear with love and join together in prayer. On Sunday, December 4th, Unify, UPLIFT, and our many partners in ‘Pray with Standing Rock’ were able to support Standing Rock in the facilitation of a global synchronized prayer, led by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, with interfaith and spiritual leaders from around the world. During this prayer ,as thousands joined hands encircling Oceti Shakowin Camp, the announcement was delivered that the permit to continue the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline was denied until an Environmental Impact Statement was completed. The prayer erupted into celebration and we are filled with gratitude for all of you in our beautiful community that joined us from around the world in this prayer.
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DOWNLOAD THE SONG ‘THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING’
from the Pray with Standing Rock video
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project to build and maintain compost toilets at the Oceti Sakowin Camp.
IT’S NOT OVER! A NEW FIRE HAS BEEN LIT
The day after the prayer, we witnessed thousands of Veterans coming to Standing Rock to ask for forgiveness from our indigenous peoples and pledge to stand for our water, our earth and to shield the Water Protectors in prayer. Follwing that powerful weekend, with the arrival of an intense winter storm, the Standing Rock Souix Tribe asked that those not prepared to stand strong though the
freezing temperatures return home.
For the Indigenous leaders and Water Protectors that remain a new camp has formed and a new fire has been lit, called Oceti Oyate, “All People’s Fire.” While the camp winterizes, we are listening deeply for ways we continue to support the needs on the ground and we are inspired to support the emergence of the Indigenous Youth leading this prayer forward and calling on the world to join this movement and defund DAPL to stop this black snake.
The Indigenous Youth have organized actions around the country for people to stop supporting the banks who are funding DAPL. We want to support the youth in brining the Indigenous Leaders from around the world together with advocates, actors, musicians, spiritual activists, environmental organizations, scientists, educators and prayerful people all coming forward wanting to support Standing Rock by organizing a global synchronized prayer action on January 21st. This prayer will be broadcast live from Standing Rock with our global community joining thousands around the country as they take this prayer to the banks and ask that they choose Water over Oil and invest in the future of our Planet.
On this day of Winter Solstice, December 21st, 2016 we ask that you embrace the light and in your prayer and join us as we move forward empowering the world to choose water and celebrate life. Winter Solstice is a time when nature itself is inviting us to really accept ourselves, so we can grow and cleanse and prepare for personal growth and we are so thankful to grow this prayer with you.