- United States Assistant Secretary of the Army
- United States Assistant Secretary of the Army
Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline
I’m 13 years-old and as an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, I’ve lived my whole life by the Missouri River. It runs by my home in Fort Yates North Dakota and my great grandparents original home was along the Missouri River in Cannon Ball. The river is a crucial part of our lives here on the Standing Rock Reservation. But now a private oil company wants to build a pipeline that would cross the Missouri River less than a mile away from the Standing Rock Reservation and if we don’t stop it, it will poison our river and threaten the health of my community when it leaks. My friends and I have played in the river since we were little; my great grandparents raised chickens and horses along it. When the pipeline leaks, it will wipe out plants and animals, ruin our drinking water, and poison the center of community life for the Standing Rock Sioux. In Dakota/Lakota we say “mni Wiconi.” Water is life. Native American people know that water is the first medicine not just for us, but for all human beings living on this earth. The proposed Dakota Access Pipeline would transport 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day, across four states. Oil companies keep telling us that this is perfectly safe, but we’ve learned that that’s a lie: from 2012-2013 alone, there were 300 oil pipeline breaks in the state of North Dakota. With such a high chance that this pipeline will leak, I can only guess that the oil industry keeps pushing for it because they don’t care about our health and safety. It’s like they think our lives are more expendable than others’. So we, the Standing Rock Youth, are taking a stand to be the voice for our community, for our great grandparents, and for Mother Earth. Join us, and sign to ask the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sincerely, Anna and the Standing Rock Youth Learn more about our campaign at rezpectourwater.com.
No Dakota Access Pipeline
When I was 8 years-old, an enormous oil deposit was discovered just a few hours from my community and our lives changed forever. What was once a quiet Native American town in North Dakota became filled with hundreds of men who’d come to work in the oil fields and brought with them loud trucks, drug use, and sex trafficking. The oil industry hasn’t let up since – they just keep growing. Now they are trying to build a pipeline under Lake Sakakawea that could pollute our drinking water and poison the animals who live around the lake. The young people of New Town have had enough. We call ourselves the Modern Day Warriors, committed to defending Mother Earth. Please sign our petition to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Before the oil industry came into our lives, I used to feel comfortable running across the bridge on the lake or walking around town at night. Nowadays it’s not safe. Native American women already experience violence at 2.5 times the rate of other women, but near North Dakota’s oil fields that number is even higher. We feel unsafe in our own home town. A new pipeline would not only bring more workers and allow the violence and drug use to get worse, it would threaten our water and soil. Oil pipelines leak all the time – in 2014, 1 million gallons of oil byproducts were spilled just upstream from Lake Sakakawea, where we get our drinking water. It’s not a matter of if the Dakota Access Pipeline will leak, it’s when and how much. We can’t take this risk: sign your name to ask the Army Corps of Engineers not to grant the building permit for another dangerous pipeline. If enough of us raise our voice, they’ll have to listen. I know because we already led a 10 mile march to speak in front of our tribal council, where we convinced them to oppose seven other pipelines. The Army Corps is a much bigger target, but I know that eventually they will have to hear us too. No Dakota Access!
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Higher Ed Community in Solidarity w/ Standing Rock Sioux Blocking Dakota Access Pipeline
Academics, Students, Staff Write to Express Grave Concern Regarding the DAPL's Threat to Tribal Rights, Access to Water, and Environmental Degradation We write today to express our solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who will be egregiously impacted by construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a huge oil project being built by Energy Transfer Partners. The DAPL will not only cross the main tributary from which the Standing Rock peoples receive their water, and disrupt the land where they live, but at over 1,000 miles long and over 200 river crossings, "the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline puts the drinking water supply of a large part of the country at risk." Like other pipeline projects, the DAPL carries imminent risks—the damage associated with pipeline ruptures are dangerous and damaging to cultural sites, aquifers that provide fresh water, and the environment as a whole. We lift up the words of Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II, who said: “I am here to advise anyone that will listen that the Dakota Access Pipeline Project is harmful. It will not be just harmful to my people but its intent and construction will harm the water in the Missouri River, which is one of the cleanest and safest river tributary left in the United States.” As individuals and organizations working in the higher education community, we believe it is our responsibility to make those struggles that are often invisibilized known and visible. We believe it is imperative that we spread understanding of the relevancy of this issue and others like it, as we are part of an institution helping to shape our future leaders, healers, and citizens. We recognize that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribes who oppose the pipeline are demonstrating not as protesters, but fulfilling their role as stewards and protectors of the land. The opposition to this pipeline demonstrates their understanding of the paramount importance of protecting the environment and ways of life for future generations. Stopping the construction of the DAPL is an urgent and critical issue, but we also believe it is important to situate this latest threat in a historical context, as it is part of a long legacy of destruction of lands and resources of Native and indigenous peoples. The permit given by the Army Corps of Engineers allowing the DAPL construction to move forward is another instance of the US government's disregard for the treaty rights of the people indigenous to this land. We support the opposition raised by the historic multi-tribal response, environmental groups, and many community organizations (some of which we have listed below). Chairman Archambault further noted, “I've been told and taught that it is our responsibility to stand for our relatives, the ones that crawl, the ones that fly, the ones that burrow, the ones that swim, the ones that flower. Relatives that cannot speak for themselves. Who will speak for them? We have to speak for those who are not here—our ancestors, for those children who are not yet born...We have to speak for them. Children not yet born will not live without water. We have to speak for them.” We also believe it is our responsibility to speak out. As Natives who work in an institution of higher learning, we recognize our role of being in a unique position to have voice and influence. All of us who are part of the education community should use our voices to protect, support, and empower others, including those are working to sustain worldviews, beliefs, and cultures that are frequently disregarded in the mainstream narrative. We call on our colleagues, peers, and allies to stand with us by signing this public statement. We are students, faculty, scholars, staff, and administrators, who understand our unique role to connect our learned history with our present day context. Do not let this issue fade. Teach about this in your classes and discuss it with your colleagues. We are stewards, too—stewards of current and future generations who have the agency to enable Native communities and the issues important to those communities be heard. In Solidarity, Phenocia BauerleDirector, Native American Student Development, UC Berkeley Member, Apsaalooke Nation Rachelle Galloway-PopotasHaas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, UC BerkeleyMember, Caddo Nation #NoDAPL #MniWiconi #WaterIsLife #RezpectOurWater --- Standing Rock Sioux Statement: http://standingrock.org/data/upfiles/media/Dave's%20Press%20statement%20for%20release.pdf White House Petition: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-construction-dakota-access-pipeline-which-endangers-water-supply-native-american-reservations No Dakota Access in Treaty Territory - Camp of the Sacred Stones: https://www.facebook.com/CampoftheSacredStone/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED Rezpect Our Water: http://www.rezpectourwater.com/ Bill McKibben: After 525 years, it’s time to actually listen to Native Americans http://grist.org/justice/after-525-years-its-time-to-actually-listen-to-native-americans/ PICO National Network - http://www.piconetwork.org/take-action/a-national-emergency-in-the-heart-of-indigenous-country National Congress of American Indians Statement - https://www.facebook.com/ncai1944 Petition to Standing Rock Sioux and International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) jointly to United Nations human rights Special Rapporteurs. http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/1383891/95e72ee8db/545546365/0fb3cb9d79/ Coalition Support of Tribal Lawsuits Against US Army Corps Permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline http://indigenousrising.org/coalition-support-of-tribal-lawsuits-against-us-army-corps-permits-for-the-dakota-access-pipeline/ Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline: Change.org petition from Anna Lee, Bobbi Jean & the Oceti Sakowin Youth Fort Yates, ND https://www.change.org/u/528436916 ---
Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been locked in a legal battle to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from impacting it’s cultural, water, and natural resources. The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a 1,168-mile long crude oil pipeline that will transport nearly 570,000 barrels of oil each day from North Dakota to Illinois. The Army Corps of Engineers green-lighted several sections of the process without fully satisfying the National Historic Preservation Act, various environmental statutes, and its trust responsibility to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The Dakota Access Pipeline not only affects the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and surrounding communities, it affects EVERY family in the United States as a whole."Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." - George Santayana and Winston Churchill. This very moment, history is repeating itself with the Dakota Access Pipeline. When our ancestors came to the United States, they all did so with one thing in common: They desired freedom; freedom to live without intolerance and oppression. Right now our government is not only oppressing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, it is disregarding the treaty it made with them concerning their land. How does this affect your family and every family in the United States? We created a governing system to protect ourselves, but how can we be free or protected if we can't trust that the laws we made will be upheld? I don't know about you, but I don't want a future where l have to live in fear because our word, our laws, and our sanctity means nothing. When we stand up for and protect the rights of others, we are also protecting our own rights and insuring that the government stays accountable and in check. I am calling everyone in this Great Nation to stand up for Our Integrity!Please do not allow the Army Corps to grant Dakota Access an easement - the Tribe's sacred land and resources must be protected!