CHERYL ANGEL is an indigenous leader, wise (Sioux) Lakota elder woman, mother of five children, and lifelong devoted water protector who helped initiate and maintain the Standing Rock camp since April 2016, and who was vital in the nonviolent resistance to the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines.
Her voice among the water protectors is one of integrating deep prayer with nonviolent direct action, guiding women-led actions at Standing Rock.
A spiritual activist from the Sicangu (Rosebud) tribe — one of the seven tribes that conform the Lakota/Nakota/Dakota People in the Great Plains of North America — Cheryl moves from a deep space of love and nonviolence as guided by her ancestors and Lakota traditions and ways of being.
Whether she is on the front line, marching on the streets of DC, supporting the indigenous people in Mexico, or with her prayer horses at home, she prays. Cheryl believes that anyone that is around her while she is praying is part of her ceremony, “The police are not the enemy. They are our brothers and sisters. They also need our prayers and they are a part of our ceremony.”