water-is-lifeIn just two months the Standing Rock Sioux non violent resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline boring under the Missouri River has grown from a few Water Protectors in prayer and ceremony to 4 camps where well over 200 tribal groups and 10,000 people have passed through – and many are staying for the winter to keep the water and land safe and the pipeline from being built. As you may know, it’s heating up. Arrests. Multiple actions not only in North Dakota but in Iowa with the Mississippi Stand and the amazing October 12 action closing down all the major pipelines crossing into the US from the tar sands in Alberta.

How can those of us not on the front lines help? We can educate ourselves, raise awareness through social media, act on local “keep it in the ground” or divest/invest or water protection issues. And we can send support to those on the front lines. Here are a variety of ways you can feed, clothe, shelter and protect the water protectors.

Earth Justice is one focal point for legal work and, being well established, already has accountability systems in place for donations. Another is the National Lawyer’s Guild

The Indigenous Environmental Network has been working for many years on many fronts to challenge threats to land, water and culture.

This Standing Rock Legal Team fundraiser is through a Fundrazr campaign

The Sacred Stone Camp gofundme campaign puts money towards where the immediate needs are – there’s no way to know how it’s spent but it’s run by the Sioux

If you want to help with the winter camp for those who are staying in the cold, risking arrest, doing non violent prayerful demonstrations, here‘s their current Amazon Wishlist.

A Medic and Healing team has formed to provide services to all 4 camps. They are in the middle of nowhere in the winter with people risking health and harm and need western and indigenous medical supplies plus equipment like stretchers and splints and even a 4wd to transport patients. Here’s two campaigns to help with these needs. This one is an Amazon Wish List and this is for building a wellness center.

There are many more fundraising efforts. Here are pages of GoFundMe campaigns. Here are some on YouCaring. See what touches your heart personally. Hundreds of us are trying to help in dozens of ways, from caring for the dogs to the horses to the warriors to the women, from making films to delivering needed materials.

Here’s what I know. The more I participate, the more a deep need within me is filled – a need for justice, for standing up for what is right and against what is wrong, a need to actively care, a need to say No to trashing the earth, to take my last stand. I become part of this global outpouring of human caring. Somehow the Sioux have made room for all of us to participate and we are flooding in however we can. I know that using your social networks and social media to tell the many stories of this up-wising helps. I know I am healing something even more important, helping decolonize my mind, our minds, our society and return the earth to the best caretakers, all caring peoples together resolving the dark history of this continent. So these lists are an invitation to you to join in this important work, not a plea or a pledge.

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