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Christopher Blackwell
More than 500 clergy gather at Standing Rock;
Sat Nov 5, 2016 11:05pm

More than 500 clergy gather at Standing Rock; troopers arrest 17 protesters near Capitol
• Associated Press
• Nov 3, 2016
More than 500 clergy from around the world gathered with protesters at a campfire at the main protest camp to burn a copy of a religious document from the 1400s sanctioning the taking of land from indigenous peoples. About 200 people then sang hymns while they marched to a bridge that was the site of a recent clash between protesters and law officers. Some held signs that read, "Clergy for Standing Rock."

"It's amazing the spirituality going around this place," said Joe Gangone, who came with an Episcopalian church group from South Dakota's Rosebud Sioux Reservation.

The Rev. Tet Gallardo, a Unitarian Universalist minister from the Philippines, said she was "moved to come" to the gathering."Water is the subject of concern also in the Philippines," she said. "How can this happen to people who are so faithful to God?"

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