Rose Rock to Standing Rock is a short term project organized and managed by Katie Samples in Oklahoma City. The project is being overseen by the Center for Conscience in Action. The fiscal sponsor of CCA is Joy Mennonite Church.
Rose Rocks are a natural crystal formation of barite or gypsum found in only a handful of places in the world. Central Oklahoma is one of those places. We have taken it as a symbol of our project to represent the wonder of the Earth, and the connection we seek to make with the Protectors at Standing Rock.
Here is Katie’s description and background about the project:
About Rose Rock to Standing Rock
For six hundred years, western greed, which values things over life, has murdered, brutalized, marginalized, gentrified and robbed Native people of land, resources and even own children. This pillaging continues today for the Lakota people in North Dakota. The Dakota Access Pipeline is currently in construction. It is planned to be 1,172 miles long, stretching southeast from North Dakota to Illinois. It is anticipated that the pipeline will carry 470,000 barrels (about 20 million gallons) of crude oil every day. The path of the pipeline crosses sacred land and flows underneath the Missouri River, the primary water supply for Standing Rock. The fear is contamination of the River in the inevitable scenario that the pipeline malfunctions, leaks, or spills. It is not if this will happen, but when. When it happens, Lakota children and their children’s children (and the millions living downstream that depend on the Missouri river as their water supply) will be without clean water.
In Flint and Newark, corporations have already been allowed to subsidize human lives for profit. Water is not a commodity. It is not a luxury of the privileged. Mni Wiconi. Water is life. The people of Standing Rock are taking a stand. They have set up a camp of water protectors. Nestled in the corner where the Missouri river meets the Cannonball river, right in the proposed path of the pipeline, thousands are living out of tents and tee-pees to stop construction. They are armed only with prayer, courage, conviction, strength of community, and spiritual connection to their home and the earth. They have watched sacred burial grounds be unearthed. They have been attacked by dogs. They have been pepper sprayed and arrested. They are not going anywhere. They will stay until the pipeline is stopped. They are hunkering down for winter.
I recently spent time at Standing Rock. There, I met a Native woman who is affiliated with the ONE Northside-American Indian Center in Chicago. She told me about the Council of Grandmothers and their vision that a woman wearing turquoise with long hair would go to Washington to stop the pipeline, and that when they saw her; they knew she was the woman in the vision. She was leaving for Washington the next day. She also told me about her effort to send organizers home to gather supplies in their own communities, which is the basis of this project. We will be gather supplies from now until 10/30/16, and will be transporting gathered supplies on 11/16/16. In addition to the supplies listed, we will need funds for transportation and volunteers to drive.
Lakota prophecy foretold of a Black Snake that would enter the land and destroy everything they loved and held sacred. If it were to be defeated, all different kinds of people would need to unite. Lakotas believe that this prophecy is materializing at Standing Rock. People all over the world have united together to support the Standing Rock Sioux and protect the life giving Missouri River surrounding it. This unity, together with the strength of spirit created by the community of protectors and the prayers offered at Sacred Stone have awakened the ancestors. Not only will they defeat the Black Snake, but they will bring miracles far beyond the borders of Camp. I have been told that if you are being called to Standing Rock, it is because your heart and soul are answering prayers. Please consider contributing in any way you can. Mni Wiconi.”