Call to Standing Rock

Chief Arvol Looking HorseFrom Chief Arvol Looking Horse,

19th Generation Keeper of White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle,

Spiritual Leader of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations


Pray with Us

Oceti Sakowin Camp

Sunday, December 4, 2016

“The hearts of all people’s faiths must now unite in believing we can change the path we are now on. We, from heart of Turtle Island, have a great message for the world to unite for our children’s future. Already we have witnessed many nations of life are now dying because of contamination: those that swim, those that crawl, those that fly, the plant nation, the four legged, and now the two legged.


We are asking the religious people to come and support our youth, to stand side by side with them, because they are standing in prayer. If you can find it in your heart, pray with them and stand beside them. The police department and National Guard would listen to each and every one of you.


This is a very serious time we are in. I know in my heart there are millions of people that feel this is long overdue. It is time that all of us become leaders to help protect the sacred upon Mother Earth. She is the source of life and not a resource. 

In a Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no beginning.”


Please click here to watch the Call to Standing Rock from Chief Arvol Looking Horse.

In response to Chief Arvol Looking Horse's invitation, local faith leaders have been working closely with organizers of the Oceti Sakowin Camp to welcome all people of faith and conviction to join in this important day of prayer and solidarity.



Sunday, December 4, 2016

  • Sunrise (after 7am): Water Ceremony (tentative)
  • 10am: Interfaith Prayers
  • Before Lunch: Gentle Reminder - How We Got Here (Youth Council)
  • 12pm: Community Lunch
  • 2pm: Interfaith Visits and Conversations
Whether you are able to respond to the Call to Standing Rock by showing up for the Interfaith Day of Prayer on December 4th, or engaging in prayer and solidarity in your home community, you are also invited to join a conference call discussion on Wednesday, November 30th at 6:30pm CST. This call will be facilitated by Unitarian Universalists who have been working directly with Native coordinators at Oceti Sakowin Camp. People of any and all traditions are welcome to join this conversation. Please register here.


If you plan on joining the Interfaith Day of Prayer at Standing Rock on Sunday, December 4th, please fill out this form
This information will help local faith leaders coordinate logistics. They will follow up with you as needed. We do not have the capacity to provide intensive support. We will do our best. Please be proactive, patient, and flexible.
I. Biographical Information


II. Travel Information & Logistics

III. Standing Rock Solidarity

IV. Emergency Contact Information

V. Preparation

Do you agree to:

1) Act and behave within the expected boundaries set forth by the Chairman of the Elders of the Standing Rock Tribe and the coordinators of the Oceti Sakowin camp?

2) Commit to continued solidarity work and prayer when you return to your local faith community?

Please consider a donation to Oceti Sakowin camp: 

Thank you.