Becky Schauer is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a nurse and is currently enrolled in a master's program in holistic nursing. She loves hiking, gardening, and writing and has a passion for social justice. Or as she says it, “I am from Nordic shores and stone-like expressions broken only by the volcanic laughter of tiny ones playfully pestering. I am of generations of those tending the spirit and the soil, nurturing and turning the hopeful black earth with prayers for dying cows, peanut crops, and wayward hearts. I am of a penitential heart hearing the holy where the blue jays and fattened chickadees play, where squirrel dreys are built, and where the enticing scent of pine sap fills the lungs, where spirit can be heard often and only in the necessity of quiet.”
TEXT AND PHOTOS BY MANUELA THAMES AND BECKY SCHAUER
The specifics of the controversy over the Dakota Access Pipeline dominated news cycles last fall, but now we bring you reflections from behind the scenes at Standing Rock where our contributors learned much from their Native American hosts. Regardless of your position toward the pipeline, we hope you’ll listen and learn universal lessons along with Becky and Manuela.