Unleashing courageous leadership and collective power
to realize a just and loving world.
Trip 1: Friday, October 28 - Sunday October 30 organized and led by Terri Burnor
Trip 2: Tuesday, November 1 - Thursday, November 3 organized and led by Rev. Kelli Clement
The Water Protectors at Standing Rock, North Dakota, have issued an urgent call for people to show up in solidarity with indigenous activists who are facing increased violence and resistance from militarized police and security forces. In response to the call for action and physical presence, MUUSJA is organizing two vans full of Minnesota UUs to join the #NODAPL movement on the ground in North Dakota.
We are working with our partners at the UU Church & Fellowship of Bismarck/Mandan, as well as others from the Twin Cities area who have been at the camps at Standing Rock, to discern the best and most helpful way for us to show up. We are still working out several details of these trips, and your Trip Leader will be in touch with you as more specifics emerge.
Both vans will leave from the parking lot at First Universalist Church of Minneapolis (3400 Dupont Avenue S.) at 9am on the scheduled departure date. The drive to Standing Rock is about 8 hours from the Twin Cities.
There will be an option of either camping on-site at one of the camps at Standing Rock, or staying at the nearby casino hotel (owned by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe). The van will bring everyone between the camp and the hotel each day; trip participants will need to coordinate together to stay in touch and coordinate pick up and drop off times.
We are committed to not putting a drain on the already-stretched resources and hospitality of the Standing Rock camps. If you would prefer to stay at the camp, you will bring your own cold-weather camping gear, food, and equipment. We will help participants who want to camp be in touch with each other to coordinate sharing tents, etc.
Your trip leader will be in touch as soon as possible with further details.