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Celebrate Now, Then Get Back To Work

What what!

It took so long. Social, racial, and civil rights boundaries were pushed. Peaceful protestors got help from communities with donations of basic amenities. After these cold months in North Dakota and with winter storms on the horizon, relief came not a moment too soon to the people at Standing Rock. The Dakota Access Pipeline has been shut down! (For now)

standing-rock-3The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied the remaining construction of the DAPL, the portion that would cross Lake Oahe. Yes, this is the time to celebrate a victory, but it’s not over. America will see a new administration begin on January 20th (just in time for my birthday!) I’m sure the pipeline will be brought up again, and the world of social justice must persevere. Now more than ever, communication and compassion and thoughtful approaches are key.

standing-rock-2For more details, check out this news article from USA Today.

Also, read Jon Hatch’s gorgeous, moving, and insightful blog post about his visit to Standing Rock. A Christian originally from Northern Ireland, he knows about conflict, and reflects on the culture he found at Standing Rock.

Doing Theology at Standing Rock


Have a great week and don’t be trashy.


Author: Elke Arnesen

Elke Arnesen is an 18-year-old gap year student interning with Peterson Toscano. She's planning on studying environmental policy in college next year but for now is gaining support for carbon pricing in her free time.

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  1. Tim Spiese on December 6, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Elke. Thanks for spreading the word. Malinda and I spoke Monday at Hempfields environmental studies class. I thought about you and wondered how you were doing