Our Story


"The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself."


-Chief Seattle

The River Sidon Peace with Justice Project is located in Nauvoo, Illinois, on the main artery of Turtle Island (North America)--the Mississippi River. 


Our mission is to preserve, protect, and restore this area of the Mississippi watershed based on the theory of Justice derived from Nature rather than the rules of society. As Indigenous Earth Stewards, we create a variety of opportunities for both traditional Native American and scientific ecological, cultural, and archaeological education and exchange to participants of all ages and nationalities, including conferences, wisdom gatherings, workshops, retreats, and sacred ceremonies.

Applying the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, we petition the Creator to restore the balance by protecting the well-being of all living in and along this Grandfather of Waters, including sustainable development, without compromising the rights of future generations, responsible resource management, and ecological restoration. We assign special emphasis and support for, but are not limited to, the following Articles of the Declaration:

Article 24 ~ “Indigenous Peoples have the right to their traditional medicines and to maintain their health practices, including the conservation of their vital medicinal plants, animals and minerals.”

Article 25 ~ “Indigenous Peoples have the right to maintain and strengthen their distinctive spiritual relationship with their traditionally owned or otherwise occupied and used lands, territories, waters and coastal seas and other resources and to uphold their responsibilities to future generations in this regard."

Article 29 ~ “Indigenous Peoples have the right to the conservation and protection of the environment and the productive capacity of their lands or territories and resources. States shall establish and implement assistance programs for Indigenous People for such conservation and protection, without discrimination. States shall take effective measures to ensure that no storage or disposal of hazardous materials shall take place in the lands or territories of Indigenous Peoples without their free, prior and informed consent.”

Peace and Justice are two sides of the same coin--a priceless investment. Please join with us as we work together for the sake of All.


"Preach the Truth as if you had a Million Voices. It is silence that kills the world."


-Catherine of Sienna 


Meet The Administration



Susan Ka'iulani Stanton


Doug Di Prima


Rodney Rissanen

Lois DiPrima

Property Manager


Jessica Northrup


Brad Stanton



Senior Elder


Digital Media

Youth Mentor

Patrick Otang

Joseph Jacobs

Laila K.

Natural Resources Consultant

Liaison Officer

Dr. Kevin Price

Grace Barr

Board of Directors

Grandmother Susan Stanton


 Kanaka Maoli

Hoksila John

- Lakota 


Jimmy Stgoddard

- Blackfeet


John Pappan

- Omaha 

Laurel Robertson - Odawa 

Semisi Tukuafu

- Tongan 

Grandmother Gail Whitlow - Mohawk 


Chris Ford

- Narragansett 


Wayne May

- Cherokee 

Quiet Red Elk  - US Air Force Retired 


Art Robertson-Odawa

- US Marine Corps

Rick McGregor - Pastor Community Of Christ


River Sidon Peace with Justice Project is the fiscal agent for the distribution of funds to Grandmother's Circle the Earth Foundation and The Turtle Island Grandmother's Council. 

We appreciate your support

Grandmothers Circle the Earth gathering around the world 2009-present.