Dominican Sister of Blauvelt Ceil Lavan, OP was one of the eight. Sister Ceil had worked with Native Americans in one of her previous ministries in Chicago, and she calls the experience eye-opening.
At Standing Rock, Sister Ceil saw first-hand that their plight continues today.
Hundreds of Native Americans who self-identify as Water Protectors have left their reservation to come stay at Standing Rock, where they protest against a proposed oil pipeline that would run near their reservation and endanger both their sacred sites and water supply to millions of Americans.¹
The issue is about Native American lands, but also everyone’s land, and everyone’s water.
“Indigenous people remind us that, in the 1800s, a treaty of the Sioux with the United States Government determined that no one could use that land without the permission of the Sioux nation,” Sister Ceil says.
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