The Pacific NorthWest Council Of Water Protectors
PNWCWP formed together out of the Standing Rock Movement that took place in 2016 when people from all over the world traveled to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.
Over 15,000 people came together and camped for nearly a year, to stand up in peaceful protest, prayer, song and in solidarity.
We stood and stayed in hard opposition to the Dakota Access Pipe Line drilling under the Missouri river.
The movement was started by our Native Youth and led by our Native Elders.
Our Native people faced military type forces daily, a lot were injured, arrested, and wrongfully threatened by the injustices of the legal system as our political parties were at that time changing.
Portland Oregon, was very involved in supporting this event.
We have many tribal members from the Dakota's who reside here in Oregon now and they have built solid community with the rising number of those who have learned the truth about the treatment of the Native American People over the last 500 years.
One of our Portland Oregon Camps at Standing Rock was facilitated by Rose Linda Looking and her family, to enable John Sanchez to lead the veterans caravan in December. John Sanchez led several caravans to and from Portland from the beginning to the end in Feb 2017.
Our Vision is to carry on the fire that began at Standing Rock.
ABOUT OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Rose Linda Looking President Chair
Assinaboine Sioux from Ft. Peck Indian Reservation Montana.
Rose has worked over 30 years as a drug and alcohol counselor with 42 years of personal sobriety. She is currently working in Seattle WA as an Elder Liason for Mother Nations and is a case manager for Spirit Journey House.
John D. Spence
Gros Ventre/Dakota Sioux
Ft. Belknap Reservation Montana
Marine Veteran, MSW, phD,
Author of the book "Crazy Wolf"
A Half-Breed Story.
John taught 20 plus years at PSU.
and has another 30 plus years actively involved in Social work, organizing community, therapeutic counseling with horses, and many other things that serve the causes he feels strongly about.
John is one of our treasured elders.
Shashone/Bannok Carrizo Comecrudo.
Long standing A.I.M member and Native activist.
Leader of the PDX to Standing Rock caravans.
Kay Eagle Staff
University of South Dakota
Board Member, Secretary
Sr. QM Coordinator, MHASD at Multnomah County OR.
John (Buzz) Nelson
Lakota, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation S.D.
Buzz was one of the founding members of NARA here in Portland OR.
He has over 50 years of sobriety and continues to serve and consult for many Indian Community causes.
Buzz leads with Native cultural and spiritual
guidance and went to Standing Rock with the veterans caravan.
Brandie D Raddadi
Board Member, Grant Writer
Brandie comes from the Cherokee Nation. She continues the fight of her grandmothers to protect our sacred lands, waters, and peoples. She is a former Human Rights Commissioner who helped to magnify the voices of elders and leaders fighting against DAPL at Standing Rock, and continues to be an activist and organizer of Human Trafficking Survivor Services in Oregon.
Rosanne (Tootsie) Shields
Board Member, Camp Kitchen Manager
Assiniboine Sioux, Ft Peck Montana, Chippewa Cree, Turtle Mtn
Rosanne is a beadwork artist, manages a monthly cook and feed for the homeless camps in Portland, and is about to begin writing a book, holding the stories of her grandmother.