WATCH VIDEO of Who Are the Water Protectors? Community Forum – Jan. 15, 2017

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Updated: January 18, 2017

Jan. 18, 2017

More than 100 people attended a panel discussion in Bismarck on Jan. 15 that featured water protectors from the Standing Rock camps, co-hosted by Dakota Resource Council and Honor the Earth. This was the second event to support ongoing dialogue within the community about the Dakota Access Pipeline — on Nov. 28, DRC hosted a community forum featuring Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault II.

DRC board member Cheryl Kary facilitated the discussion, which featured an introduction from LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, co-founder of the first camp at Standing Rock. Additional water protectors on the panel included:

  • Cheryl Angel, Sicangu Lakota tribe member who has been at the camps since April 2016
  • Linda Black Elk, of the Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council, also an ethnobotanist and professor at Sitting Bull College
  • Fr. John Floberg, St. James Episcopal Church, Cannonball, ND
  • Lewis Grassrope, Oceti Sakowin Leadership Council, Lower Brule, SD
  • Dr. Sarah Jumping Eagle, a pediatrician from Fort Yates, ND
  • Chad Charlie, Ahousaht First Nation, British Columbia

Watch a high-quality video of the panel discussion below. Audience members were able to submit questions before and during the discussion. DRC plans additional interviews with the water protectors, as well as to hold space for more discussion in the future. Subscribe to our events on Facebook for updates.

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ADDITIONAL READING

“Who Are the Water Protectors?” community forum set for Jan. 15 in Bismarck

STATEMENT: The time to listen to North Dakotans is now, Governor-elect

STATEMENT: Dakota Resource Council stands in support with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe