Report from Standing Rock: Taylor Gould
We speak to seminary student Taylor Gould about her recent visit to the Standing Rock site, where hundreds of pastors and religious leaders from across the Americas converged to support the resistance efforts of the Native Americans who call themselves the "Water Protectors" at the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Gould is studying for her Masters of Divinity at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.
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The event was organized by the Reverend John Floberg, an Episcopal priest associated with the Standing Rock community. He had originally intended for around one hundred leaders to join him for the event. On the day, however, more than 500 were in attendance.
Gould gives us her firsthand, eyewitness account of conditions in the camp, and the atmosphere of tension that exists between police and the "water protectors." She also describes the centuries-old tradition - the "Doctrine of Discovery" - a theological document issued soon after the "discovery" of the Americas that undergirds a great deal of the history that has led to this present standoff.