This role play helps students recognize the issues at stake in the historic struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux to block construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Before launching the role play, we wanted to give students a visceral and visual sense of the resistance under way along the Missouri River.
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is an international instrument adopted by the United Nations on September 13, 2007, to enshrine (according to Article 43) the rights that “constitute the minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the indigenous peoples of the world.”
Among other things, UAINE is a Native-led organization which fights back on such issues as the racism of the Pilgrim mythology perpetuated in Plymouth and the U.S. government’s assault on poor people. Since 1970, Native Americans and our supporters have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US thanksgiving holiday.
One example of asking people to prayerfully consider appropriate responses and support for the indigenous protectors at Standing Rock. We also urged people to look at white supremacist attitudes that most of us of European descent carry unconsciously.
Sisters of the Light was a women’s multi-cultural spiritual group int he 1990’s. Among other things, they would present stories of six primarily Wampanoag, and Quaker women from Cape Cod history one of them being abolitionist Quaker, Lucretia Mott.