FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY

PREFACE

Today, I am reposting an essay I wrote four years ago after visiting the Standing Rock protests in South Dakota. Others described the experience there as a “prayer resistance camp.” It was a life-altering experience for many, me included. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortes, for example, went home and ran for office. For me, it crystallized the threats we face and the need for us to oppose powers ancient, embedded, contemporary, corporate, and violent, both religious and secular. As Bruce Cockburn sings in his song “Stolen