Bakken pipeline violates Standing Rock Sioux Treaty from 1868
Mar 22, 2016 — Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Passes Resolution Opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has passed a resolution strongly opposing the proposed construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The resolution states, “the Dakota Access Pipeline threatens public health and welfare on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation;” it further states that, “the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe relies on the waters of the life-giving Missouri River for our continued existence, and the Dakota Access Pipeline poses a serious risk to Mni Sose and to the very survival of our Tribe.”
The resolution further states that the pipeline is in violation of the Fort Laramie treaty of 1868. “the Dakota Access Pipeline violates Article 2 of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty which guarantees that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe shall enjoy the “undisturbed use and occupation” of our permanent homeland, the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.”
If built, the Dakota Access Pipeline would transport as much as 450,000 barrels of oil per day from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Illinois with a future capacity of 570,000 barrels per day. Its proposed route would cross the Cannon Ball River on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation and over the Missouri River.
The proposed pipeline would also threaten significant sites of historical and cultural significance to many Northern Plains tribes, including the Lakota, Dakota, Mandan, Arikara and Cheyenne.
Located on the North Fork of the Cannon Ball river is Medicine Rock, a sacred site to tribes of the region. Its cultural and spiritual significance was even noted in the journal of Lewis and Clark who wrote, “The medicine-stone is the great oracle of the Mandans.” Petroglyphs and pictographs cover the sandstone outcrop at Medicine Rock.
The Public Utilities Commissions of North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois have all issued permits to approve for its construction. Iowa only recently agreed to give a permit due to fierce opposition.
The Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association has also passed a resolution opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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