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Standing Rock to Split Rock (Sept 23- Philadelphia PA)

  • Summit Church 6757 Green Stree Philadelphia 19119 (map)

The event includes presentations from Indigenous leaders, performances from Aztec dancers, and music from the Humbleman Band. Members of the Prayer Camp will join us for this evening so that we can learn more about how we can help each other face those who threaten our water and our environment.

Donation at the door will be on a sliding scale from $5 to $20. Drinks will be available for purchase. Snacks will be provided.

The inspiring resistance of the Standing Rock Water Protectors, that the world witnessed last year, is being replicated by the Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp in northern New Jersey. 

The issues that gave rise to the Standing Rock Camp are ongoing and evident in our own region. As the Standing Rock band of the Sioux (Oceti Sakowin) and their allies battled Energy Transfer Partners to stop the Dakota Access Pipe Line (DAPL) from destroying their lands, their sacred burial grounds and their water, so too the Ramapough Lenape Nation is battling Spectra Company’s Algonquin and Pilgrim pipelines that threaten their lands in our region. The Lenape have formed the Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp on their land in Mahwah NJ to provide strength and direction in this effort. They are asking for our help.


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Pilgrim’s pipelines would cross 257 waterways and could cause catastrophic damage to drinking water. Even without oil spills, the horizontal drilling for this pipeline under the 257 Hudson Valley waterways would damage them. These pipelines would carry climate-damaging Bakken Shale crude and/or tar sands crude contributing to the climate change crises. 

The Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp is named after the sacred Split Rock site that lies within the mountains of northeastern New Jersey. "Sweet water" is the Lenape meaning for Ramapough. For generations, members of the Ramapough Lenape Nation have regarded this sacred site as a place of worship and reflection, a tradition that is still kept dear today.

We share a common vulnerability to the continued development of fossil fuels – even if we are not directly in the path of the pipeline. We also have the obligation to stand by our Native neighbors as they insist that the original treaties, giving them permanent rights to their lands, be honored.

We are invited by the Ramapough Nation to join them as allies in solidarity with all people who resist the desecration of Mother Earth.