Pope Francis poses during a meeting with indigenous people to mark the 40th governing council of the the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) at the Vatican

Pope Francis all but endorsed the Standing Rock protests yesterday in Rome during a meeting with Indigenous members of the International Fund for Agricultural Development. He did not mention the North Dakota protest by name, but said, “In this regard, the right to prior and informed consent (of native peoples) should always prevail,” citing the 1997 U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Trump Administration just reversed U.S. policy on completing a massive oil pipeline on former tribal lands just a mile from the current reservation boundary. (Osservatore Romano)

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