‘Defend the Sacred’ – In Conversation with Chas Jewett June 24th

We are delighted to welcome you to a conversation with Chas Jewett, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Standing Rock Water Protector and other local environmental campaigners, chaired by Vicky Donnelly from the Galway One World Centre

Venue: The Secret Garden Cafe – William Street, West
Date: Saturday 24th June at 12.30am

“We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can’t speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.” – Qwatsinas, Nuxalk Nation

Chas will join us to talk about her experiences as an environmental campaigner in Lakota Sioux land in North & South Dakota, and as part of the grassroots movement in 2016 and, #No DAPL campaign, which made global headlines, expressed in slogans such as “water is life”, “we are water” “defend the sacred”

Chas Jewett is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She grew up with her sisters on a cattle ranch along the Moreau River and attended the College of St Benedict in Minnesota. She became an organizer for the Sierra Club in Rapid City, SD on a grasslands wilderness campaign in 2002. Since then, she has organized for national and local organizations on reproductive justice- two abortion bans in SD since 2006, for health care reform, for racial justice, for the Native Vote, and is working currently with the Rapid City Community Conversations, a Lakota led effort to improve relations with the city, and its police, www.rcconversations.org.She also manages the Facebook page No KXL Through Treaty Lands. She has served on several boards, and through her organizing work–was a field producer for a documentary about reproductive justice called Young Lakota.


Throughout the globe, the #NoDAPL campaign championed indigenous wisdom and called for a new paradigm and a change in worldview, leading to a new way of living and relating to each other, recognising the interconnectedness of all of life.
The #NoDAPL campaign calls for a global collective action and awakening of reverence and respect for the natural world, recognized as our irreplaceable home and acknowledging the finitude of nature, and treat it accordingly, bearing in mind our responsibility to future generations.

“The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites one family. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. The earth is sacred and men and animals are but one part of it. Treat the earth with respect so that it lasts for centuries to come and is a place of wonder and beauty for our children.”
~ extract from Chief Seattle.

images from event…



This Galway event was held with the support of the Galway One World Centre, Donal Kelly, Afri, Mark Garavan and Third Space Galway

For more information please email education@galwayowc.org /
thirdapacegalway@gmail.com or call 0872201972


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Chas Jewett is on a nationwide tour with other solidarity events held around the country with UCC, Afri, Feasta Love Leitrim including –

CORK – Fri June 23rd in UCC – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-thinkery-on-water-anti-privatisation-struggles-and-the-commons-tickets-34557666912

DUBLIN – Venue: The Teacher’s Club, Parnell Square, Dublin Date: Monday, June 26th at 8pm
Chas Jewett, Standing Rock Water Protector & Cheyenne River Sioux; Oisin Coghlan, Director, Friends of the Earth, Ireland
Speaker from anti-fracking group Love Leitrim, Ireland
Organised by Afri, Comhlámh, Feasta and Friends of the Earth.

LEITRIM – Manorhamiliton Sunday June 25th venue TBC

Background to No Dakota Lakota Pipleine Campaign –

The Dakota Access Pipeline protests, also known by the hashtag #NoDAPL, are grassroots movements that began in early 2016 in reaction to the approved construction of Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access Pipeline in the northern United States, which would see the build of s 1,100-mile pipeline so that it can route crude oil directly to refineries in the U.S. Gulf Coast.

The pipeline was projected to run from the Bakken oil fields in western North Dakota to southern Illinois, crossing beneath the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, as well as under part of Lake Oahe near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
The Standing Rock tribe consider the pipeline and its intended crossing of the Missouri River to constitute a fatal threat to the region’s clean water and to their ancient burial grounds.

In April 2016, Standing Rock Sioux elder LaDonna Brave Bull Allard established a camp as a center for cultural preservation and spiritual resistance to the pipeline; over the summer the camp grew to thousands of people. Approximately 8,000 native tribe members reside in North Dakota—forming an alliance with other tribe members and supporters—to set up the campaign at the construction site to peacefully protest. Standing Rock are not standing alone, as over 200 different indigenous tribes—as well as people from all corners of the world—have stood up to support their cause, and there is hope that this will lead to a better and fairer future for all Native Americans.

Standing Rock Sioux spokesman, Ron His Horse is Thunder, explained: “This is a new beginning, not just for our tribe, but for all tribes in this country'”

For more information
More details can be found at this link.

Many thanks to Vicky Donnelly, Afri, Mark Garavan and Donal O’Kelly, and to Chas herself, for making the event possible in Galway.


link to response by Ciaran Tierney