For all (and see the document link below…thanks to my activist pal Frances Fisher):
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Statement on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Decision to Not
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
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.
Learn more about the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe at standwithstandingrock.net. For incremental updates
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