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Victory for Standing Rock
In a victory for Native American rights, the earth, and her people, the US Army Corps of Engineers will not approve the Dakota Access Pipeline beneath the Missouri River near sacred burial sites of the Standing Rock Sioux. The decision is a victory for thousands of water protectors camped near the sacred site and diverse allies around the world who stand in solidarity as sisters and brothers.
The Standing Rock Sioux released the following statement:
Cannon Ball, N.D.— The department of the Army will not approve an easement that will allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe. The following statement was released by Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II.
“Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not be granting the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. Instead, the Corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternative routes. We wholeheartedly support the decision of the administration and commend with the utmost gratitude the courage it took on the part of President Obama, the Army Corps, the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior to take steps to correct the course of history and to do the right thing.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all of Indian Country will be forever grateful to the Obama Administration for this historic decision.
We want to thank everyone who played a role in advocating for this cause. We thank the tribal youth who initiated this movement. We thank the millions of people around the globe who expressed support for our cause. We thank the thousands of people who came to the camps to support us, and the tens of thousands who donated time, talent, and money to our efforts to stand against this pipeline in the name of protecting our water. We especially thank all of the other tribal nations and jurisdictions who stood in solidarity with us, and we stand ready to stand with you if and when your people are in need.
Throughout this effort I have stressed the importance of acting at all times in a peaceful and prayerful manner – and that is how we will respond to this decision. With this decision we look forward to being able to return home and spend the winter with our families and loved ones, many of whom have sacrificed as well. We look forward to celebrating in wopila, in thanks, in the coming days.
We hope that Kelcey Warren, Governor Dalrymple, and the incoming Trump administration respect this decision and understand the complex process that led us to this point. When it comes to infrastructure development in Indian Country and with respect to treaty lands, we must strive to work together to reach decisions that reflect the multifaceted considerations of tribes.
Treaties are paramount law and must be respected, and we welcome dialogue on how to continue to honor that moving forward. We are not opposed to energy independence, economic development, or national security concerns but we must ensure that these decisions are made with the considerations of our Indigenous peoples.
To our local law enforcement, I hope that we can work together to heal our relationship as we all work to protect the lives and safety of our people. I recognize the extreme stress that the situation caused and look forward to a future that reflects more mutual understanding and respect.
Again, we are deeply appreciative that the Obama Administration took the time and effort to genuinely consider the broad spectrum of tribal concerns. In a system that has continuously been stacked against us from every angle, it took tremendous courage to take a new approach to our nation-to-nation relationship, and we will be forever grateful.
The US Army Corps of Engineers released the following statement:
Army POC: Moira Kelley (703) 614-3992, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, the Army’s Assistant Secretary for Civil Works announced today.
Jo-Ellen Darcy said she based her decision on a need to explore alternate routes for the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing. Her office had announced on November 14, 2016 that it was delaying the decision on the easement to allow for discussions with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation lies 0.5 miles south of the proposed crossing. Tribal officials have expressed repeated concerns over the risk that a pipeline rupture or spill could pose to its water supply and treaty rights.
“Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it’s clear that there’s more work to do,” Darcy said. “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing.”
Darcy said that the consideration of alternative routes would be best accomplished through an Environmental Impact Statement with full public input and analysis.
The Dakota Access Pipeline is an approximately 1,172 mile pipeline that would connect the Bakken and Three Forks oil production areas in North Dakota to an existing crude oil terminal near Pakota, Illinois. The pipeline is 30 inches in diameter and is projected to transport approximately 470,000 barrels of oil per day, with a capacity as high as 570,000 barrels. The current proposed pipeline route would cross Lake Oahe, an Army Corps of Engineers project on the Missouri River.Oahe, an Army Corps of Engineers project on the Missouri River.
Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II with GreenLatino leaders. L to R Raul García, Irene Vilar, Chris Espinosa, Aura Vasquez, Rudy Arredondo, Mark Magaña, Chairman Achambault, Brent Wilkes, Susana Sandoval, Andrea Delgado, Robert García
President Barack Obama Stand with Standing Rock!
November 12, 2016
Dear President Obama:
We agree with you, and with our Native American sisters and brothers regarding the proposed Dakota pipeline that would run along sacred grounds at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation: “[T]here is a way for us to accommodate the sacred lands of Native Americans.”
Indeed there is a way to respect the Sioux people and sacred grounds by guarding against the proposed pipeline. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must withhold permits for the $3.7 billion Dakota Access pipeline because the pipeline would cross a navigable waterway. The Army Corps of Engineers emphasizes that permits and projects on navigable waterways including rivers need to comply with the President’s Executive Order 12898 on environmental justice and health. See Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration, Integrated Feasibility Report: Final Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (Sept. 2015). The same reasoning applies to the proposed Dakota pipeline.
The Order protects Native Americans against unjustified and unnecessary discriminatory impacts, as well as intentional discrimination, in permitting decisions by the Army Corps of Engineers. The Order requires the Corps to identify and address disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities, including permitting decisions on Indian tribes and other minority and low income populations. Environmental justice concerns may arise, as they do here, from impacts on the natural and physical environment, including human health and ecological impacts, and from related social or economic impacts.
What are the pipeline’s merits and its true costs, including the risk of harm to the sacred lands, with full and fair participation by Native Americans? Who would benefit from alternative routes, and who would be harmed?
The Dakota and Lakota of the Standing Rock tribe at Standing Rock face the risk of grave damage to their sacred grounds and water supply from the proposed pipeline and permitting decision. No one else does. The proposed route threatens places that have been part of the Sioux’s ancestral lands since antiquity. Construction, leaks, and spills would damage their sites of deep cultural and historic significance, including burial grounds. The pipeline was shifted towards the tribe’s sacred lands, away from Bismarck, N.D., because federal regulators saw it as a potential threat to that city’s water supply. The threats cannot be shifted from the city to the Dakota and Lakota of the Standing Rock tribe.
The pipeline would move half a million barrels of crude oil a day across the Plains. “But in a time of oil gluts and plummeting oil prices, is it worth it? Is it worth the degradation of the environment, the danger to the water, the insult to the heritage of the Sioux,” asks The New York Times. The answer is a resounding No!
The threats to the sacred lands at Standing Rock reflect a history and pattern of discrimination against the Sioux. A national monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota lies not far away. The monument stands on sacred land, that land was stolen from the Sioux by the government and plundered for gold, and the monument celebrates the settlers who took so much of the Native American lives, culture, and land.
Under President George W. Bush, the Secretary of the Navy and a Major General in the Marine Corps each wrote a letter against a proposed toll road project that would have devastated the Native American Acjachemen sacred site of Panhe and San Onofre State Beach in Southern California in 2010. The Secretary of Commerce upheld the decision to stop the project. The California Coastal Commission stopped the project in part becauase of the impact on Native Americans alone. The U.S. Army should stop the project along the Native American sacred grounds.
Enough is enough. Please do not allow the proposed pipeline to threaten the Lakota and Dakota people and their sacred grounds at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The Army Corps of Engineers must deny any permit that threatens these values. Thank you.
Very truly yours,
President & CEO GreenLatinos
GreenLatinos Board Member
Founding Director and Counsel, The City Project
Robert (Bob) Bracamontes
Yu-va’-tal ‘A’lla-mal (Black Crow)
Acjachemen Nation, Juaneno Tribe
GreenLatinos Media Conference Standing Rock Nov. 13, 2016
Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II with GreenLatino leaders. L to R Chairman Achambault, Raul García, Andrea Delgado, Mark Magaña, Brent Wilkes, Aura Vasquez, Robert García, Rudy Arredondo. Click on the image to watch the video part two.
“Stay strong, be strong” Mayan people to Standing Rock Sioux
Mayan delegates from Guatemala stand in solidarity with Sioux and other indigenous people at Standing Rock to protect Mother Earth and her children.
Mayans and other Guatemalan people endured genocide, crimes against humanity, crimes against their lands, and displacement for decades at the hands of US backed military regimes. According to reports by the Catholic Church and the United Nations, 200,000 Guatemalan people were killed or disappeared, most of them Mayan, with countless more kidnapped and entire communities displaced.
Guatemalan human rights and environmental activist Jeremy Barrios, age 22, was shot and killed November 12.
Guatemalan people including Mayans are innocent victims of “despicable” non-consensual human medical experiments by the US. The US infected the people with syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases and left them untreated and uncompensated to the present day.
Guatemala at Standing Rock cross roads
US Army Corps of Engineers Statement Regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline
Standing Rock Nov. 14, 2016, The City Project CC BY SA NC
Washington, D.C. Nov. 14, 2016 – Today, the Army informed the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Energy Transfer Partners, and Dakota Access, LLC, that it has completed the review that it launched on September 9, 2016. The Army has determined that additional discussion and analysis are warranted in light of the history of the Great Sioux Nation’s dispossessions of lands, the importance of Lake Oahe to the Tribe, our government-to-government relationship, and the statute governing easements through government property.
The Army invites the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to engage in discussion regarding potential conditions on an easement for the pipeline crossing that would reduce the risk of a spill or rupture, hasten detection and response to any possible spill, or otherwise enhance the protection of Lake Oahe and the Tribe’s water supplies. The Army invites discussion of the risk of a spill in light of such conditions, and whether to grant an easement for the pipeline to cross Lake Oahe at the proposed location. The Army continues to welcome any input that the Tribe believes is relevant to the proposed pipeline crossing or the granting of an easement.
While these discussions are ongoing, construction on or under Corps land bordering Lake Oahe cannot occur because the Army has not made a final decision on whether to grant an easement. The Army will work with the Tribe on a timeline that allows for robust discussion and analysis to be completed expeditiously.
We fully support the rights of all Americans to assemble and speak freely, and urge everyone involved in protest or pipeline activities to adhere to the principles of nonviolence.
Release no. 16-027
Moira Kelley (DOA)
orJessica Kershaw (DOI)
GreenLatinos delegation to Standing Rock November 13-14, 2016
Stand with Standing Rock Sioux Sacred Sites, Sovereignty, Water, Health Nov 13-14 GreenLatinos, City Project
Standing Rock Full Moon Nov. 13, 2016 The City Project CC BY SA NC