The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1,172 mile pipeline proposed to carry fracked oil from the Bakken fields in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois.
A historic grassroots resistance movement has erupted at a site where the pipeline would cross the Missouri River, the drinking water source for Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and millions downstream. Thousands of people from over 300 tribes from around the world have gathered stop the pipeline through prayer and non-violent direct action.
On December 4th, the US Army suspended the decision the last remaining easement needed to drill under the Missouri River at Lake Oahe to complete construction of the pipeline. While this is clearly a victory, the battle is not “over”. A response statement from Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics said the corporations remain “fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion and fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe. Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way.”
The encampment continues to hold ground on the reclaimed unceded Standing Rock Sioux territory that was affirmed in the 1851 Treaty of Ft. Laramie, and continue to build community around the protection of our sacred waters.
The federal government's rubber stamp approval undermines the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, as well as federal trust responsibilities guaranteed in the 1851 and 1868 United States treaties with the L/D/Nakota tribes, which remain the supreme law of the land.
We support the subsequent legal filings by the Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Rosebud Sioux, and Yankton Sioux Tribes, whose human rights, treaty rights, and sovereignty are violated by these permits.
We join them in calling for a full halt to all construction activities and repeal of all USACE permits until formal tribal consultation and environmental review are properly and adequately conducted.