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Standing Rock: Social Justice and Sacred Ground

Date: 1:00pm PST March 11, 2017 Location: Templeton Campus Center

  • Kevin Kell, class of 2013, spent time volunteering at the Standing Rock prayer camps in November ...
    Kevin Kell, class of 2013, spent time volunteering at the Standing Rock prayer camps in November of 2016.
  • Randy and Edith Woodley at Eloheh Village
    Randy and Edith Woodley at Eloheh Village

Templeton Campus Center

Standing Rock has caught the attention of people all across our nation.  It has energized indigenous peoples from every tribe in North America, and it has highlighted the struggle to protect the sacred trust of nature against the ever-expanding use and transportation of fossil fuels.

This forum features a first-hand account of the prayer camps at Standing Rock from a Lewis & Clark alumnus who volunteered at Standing Rock in November of 2016.  It will also feature two Native American activists and sustainable farmers who will discuss indigenous rights, environmental activism and sustainable agriculture, and indigenous people’s concepts of sacred ground and the natural order.

Alumnus Kevin Kell (class of ’13) will report on his experience volunteering at and contributing to the anti-DAPL efforts at the Standing Rock Lakota reservation prayer camps.  Kevin will share photos and stories, and will discuss the historical and political context underlying the situation at Standing Rock.  He will also discuss the impact of social and environmental activism in the midst of this pivotal conflict.  Kevin currently is a licensed social worker in the state of Illinois, and he received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago in 2015. 

Randy and Edith Woodley are the founders and co-sustainers of the Eloheh Village in Newberg, Oregon, a regenerative teaching farm, community and school.  Randy has a Ph.D. from Asbury Theological Seminary (Intercultural Studies) and is Distinguished Professor of Faith and Culture and Director of Intercultural and Indigenous Studies at Portland Seminary/George Fox University. He is a legal descendant of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma. Edith speaks on Native American Spirituality and Creation, and is an Eastern Shoshone tribal member who was raised on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.  Randy and Edith have worked for decades mentoring indigenous leaders on issues of racism and eco-justice, and they are innovators in sustainable farming who advocate restoring the earth to her sacred destiny.  They will discuss the important aspects of nature and sacred ground in traditional Native American cultures, and they will describe how indigenous people understand environmental stewardship and activism in the context of the Standing Rock conflict.  

This is a Chamberlin Social Justice Forum sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Department of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement.  The forum will be held in the Council Chamber in the Templeton Campus Center.  For more information contact Hilary Martin Himan (  


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