Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Featured

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Statement Regarding Argument in District Court on Tribe’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction Against  Dakota Access Pipeline

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Statement Regarding Argument in District Court on Tribe’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction Against Dakota Access Pipeline

Washington, DC (August 24, 2016) – Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault, II releases the following statement regarding arguments heard on the Tribe’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction against Dakota Access Pipeline in the District Court for the District of Columbia: “We are pleased that we had our day in Court today, and we look forward to a ruling soon. I believe that everyone who attended the hearing today will understand that the Tribe is seeking fundamental justice here—as we seek to protect our waters and our sacred sites. Second, whatever the final outcome in court I believe we have already established an important principle—that is tribes will be heard on important matters that affect our vital interests. The companies and the federal government now know that they cannot ignore tribes—like they tried to do with the Dakota Access Pipeline. I believe that we have established an important precedent, and that in the future, Indian voices will be heard before the federal government acts. Third, I believe we have set...

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Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Featured

Tribal Nations Respond to Standing Rock’s Call to Action Against Dakota Access Pipeline

Tribal Nations Respond to Standing Rock’s Call to Action Against Dakota Access Pipeline

Last week, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe issued a call of support to other Native Nations to pass resolutions or send letters of support in their effort to stop the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. To date, 87 Tribal Nations have answered the call and issued support to Standing Rock to stop the pipeline. Below is from Steve Sitting Bear, External Affairs Director for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Call to Action Update Against Dakota Access Pipeline August 22, 2016: The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has received notice from 87 Tribal Nations who have officially taken action to support our opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Below are the current lists of those tribes who have sent us signed resolutions and letters of support. We are aware that there are more tribes who may have taken action who we are not aware of yet, and also tribes who have indicated that they will do so. To get your tribes Letter of Support or Resolution to SRST, please email...

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Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Featured

Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Stands in Unity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline

Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Stands in Unity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline

Juneau, AK (August 18, 2016) – Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska’s Executive Council unanimously adopted a resolution opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. As stewards of the air, land, and sea, who have respect for nature and property, Central Council stands in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who have been peacefully protesting to protect their way of life, water, people and land. “As we embark on our own battles over transboundary mining issues, we need to support our brothers and sisters across Indian Country so that we might be able to call on them to do the same for us in the spirit of the Idle No More movement,” said President Richard Peterson. The Dakota Access Pipeline, LLC has proposed to construct a 1,100 mile pipeline, with a capacity of 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day, to cross the Missouri river immediately above the mouth of the Cannonball River on the Standing Rock Reservation. Although the pipeline will not directly cross an...

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Posted by on Aug 21, 2016 in Featured

Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Responds to North Dakota Governor’s Declaration of Emergency

Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Responds to North Dakota Governor’s Declaration of Emergency

I appreciate the pressure that Governor Dalrymple is working under. We are all feeling the tension created by the recent decision of the Corps of Engineers and Energy Transfer Partners to rush ahead with construction of the Dakota Access pipeline while important legal issues of tribal sovereignty and public health and safety remain unresolved. Tribal leaders are committed to non-violence and peaceful prayer as the guiding principle of Cannon Ball River camps. We are doing everything in our power to promote that spirit. This is an opportunity to work together in a spirit of cooperation, and we should take advantage of that opportunity. But with all due respect, the Governor’s declaration of emergency was unfortunate. I wish he had consulted with the tribe before making today’s declaration, because the tribe has its hand extended in the spirit of partnership and cooperation. We look upon this situation as an opportunity to work together. Everyone needs to keep in mind that our families are the ones most affected by the Governor’s...

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