I am an individual who cares deeply about the environment and land use issues. In 2006 I attended a UN conference on indigenous issues and made friends with indigenous leaders from Ecuador. I then travelled to Ecuador, including the Amazon jungle, where I became aware of the assault on their culture, people and environmental resources. In the summer of 2016 I learned of similar issues playing out in Standing Rock, ND with the No DAPL protests. I travelled there in October 2016 and was impressed by the Water Protectors who came from all backgrounds from around the world, but also the peaceful, prayerful effort there. I consider Standing Rock to be the Selma, Alabama of our time. Since being at Standing Rock, I have been trying to process the fact that our Constitutional rights did not appear to be in operation in "Indian Country."