The Pacific North West Counsel Of  Water Protectors

 

was 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 of the teachings that started from Standing Rock. 

WHAT WE DO

We learn, with guidance from our tribal Elders. 

We embrace our community by 

supporting the people who are taking the lead on being a voice for our Mother Earth,

We Assist,

by raising funds, creating meaningful cultural events,

sharing experiences and educating,

And being of service in anyway needed. 

OUR COMMUNITY

We learn, embrace, Educate, and assist in service. 

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 (Buzz) Nelson

Vice President

Lakota, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation S.D.

Marine Veteran

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.   

John D. Spence  

Treasurer

Gros Ventre/Dakota Sioux

Ft. Belknap Indian Reservation Montana

Marine Veteran 

Ted Dreier

Treasurer

Retired Portland public school teacher.

In 2016 and 2017 Ted helped transform two school busses into medical bunk buses and then delivered them to the medical center at the Oceti Sakowin camp in Standing Rock ND. 

He joined the PNWCWP organization after returning to Portland. Ted is also actively involved with other groups who oppose environmental desecration. Specifically a group with the Klamath Tribes to oppose the Climate-Killing Jordan Cove fracked gas project.    

Cedar Songbird

Secretary

Nico Wind Cordova

Board Chair- Media Productions

Assinaboine/Ojibwe/Lakota Mix

Ft.Belknap Hays  MT.

Raised in Portland OR. 

 

40 plus years as a professional traveling musician leading her own band of up to 16 members.  

Music producer, director, and manager for recordings, radio, and T.V. productions for cultural non profit organizations and many other projects.

 

Activist for sustainable and environmental friendly quality of  life 

especially for the Animals. 

 

Went to Standing Rock in 2016 with the Veterans caravan to stand in solidarity with our people, and helped raise funds and facilitated caring for the HORSES for the duration of the time they were at camp. 

 

John Sanchez

Board Chair

Enrolled member of... 

 A.I.M member.

Leader of the PDX to Standing Rock caravans.  

Make A Stand For Future Generations 
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ABOUT US

Our 2nd  Annual 2019 medicine gathering event was absolutely beautiful! Thank you all for contributing, participating, and attending. We will see you next year. 

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