#NODAPL Camps in Unity: Notice Difference in Treatment from Law Enforcement Towards Clergy

Vigil for those abused by Morton County law enforcement on Friday, November 4, 2016. Photo by Christopher Francisco

Vigil for those abused by Morton County law enforcement on Friday, November 4, 2016. Photos by Christopher Francisco

Published November 5, 2016

CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA—Supporters from all the world continued their way into camps to pledge their support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. With video footage of journalists and water protectors being brutalized by law enforcement, support has arrived all the way from Japan.

“We welcome our allies from Japan in this fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline,” expressed Oceti Sakowin Camp Coordinator Phyllis Young. “We are extremely blessed to have our allies along our side to witness the continued mistreatment by Morton County.”

With above average temperatures in the region, spirits were high as people sang, spoke, and addressed the camp. Protectors continued to hear the messages important to not only Native people and traditions, but the importance of unity and moving forward as friends and allies against corporate greed and the mistreatment by law enforcement.

Clergy lend support to Standing Rock.

Clergy lend support to Standing Rock.

The 14 members of clergy arrested at the State Capitol in Bismarck, North Dakota yesterday are slowly being released from jail have been charged with civil disobedience and criminal trespassing. Remarks from those who were at the scene of the arrests noticed a remarkable difference by police towards the members of clergy.

“When members of clergy came to Standing Rock and voiced they were going to get arrested to demonstrate their support, I didn’t believe it,” said Sitting Bull College Visitor’s Center Coordinator Jen Martel. “When they were arrested they weren’t arrested with pepper spray, mace and rubber bullets like our people.”

As those continue to support Standing Rock, water protectors, spiritual leaders from various faiths pledge to continue in prayer and non-violent direct action to bring attention and support against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Camps are safe, the people are in unity and in prayer.

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