Prayer vigils continue at Standing Rock
MANDAN, N.D. –– Standing Rock Sioux Tribe supporters, who literally put their bodies on the line for the cause of the tribe’s federal lawsuit to prevent Dakota Access Pipeline construction across 1851 Ft. Laramie Treaty territory and the Missouri River, organized a Water Protection Forgiveness Walk to police headquarters here on Nov. 6.
The activity was one of several recent prayer vigils that address a siege mentality on the different sides of a 3-month-old deadlock pitting thousands of indigenous pipeline resisters and their allies against North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s Congressionally-ratified $10-million emergency law enforcement detail.
Organizers described the 1.4-mile Sunday walk from Legion Park as “a time for water protectors to relieve themselves of the burdens of pain, bitterness and anger due to traumatic experiences with police.”