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.
This is another chapter in the long history of the federal government granting the construction of potentially hazardous projects near or through tribal lands, waters, and cultural places without including the tribe. The current proposed pipeline route crosses under Lake Oahe, just a half mile up from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
While the Tribe is waiting for a federal court decision on a preliminary injunction to stop the pipeline construction, the pipeline company is waiting for the Army Corps of Engineers to grant an easement to drill under Lake Oahe. The Army Corps of Engineers, the White House, and Congress must halt the easement because the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s waters and sacred places must be protected.
Find out here what you can do to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its fight to protect its waters and sacred places.
CHEYENNE RIVER SIOUX TRIBE TAKES RELIGIOUS FREEDOM CLAIMS TO THE D.C. CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS March 16, 2017
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe filed an emergency motion for injunction pending appeal in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to stop the flow of oil in the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe while the appeals court considers the Tribe’s challenge pursuant to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”). The case in the D.C. Circuit is an appeal from the district court’s March 7, 2017 Order denying the Tribe’s motion for preliminary injunction under RFRA.
The Lakota people of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe believe that the presence of this crude oil pipeline—the Black Snake—under the sacred waters of Lake Oahe will render the waters ritually impure for use in essential Lakota religious sacraments. Dakota Access, LLC has stated in court filings that oil could flow as soon as Monday, March 20, 2017. The Tribe’s motion asks the Circuit Court to issue a ruling before Monday. A briefing schedule on the merits of the appeal has not yet been set.
CHEYENNE RIVER SIOUX TRIBAL CHAIRMAN HAROLD FRAZIER EXPLAINED THE TRIBE’S DECISION TO FIGHT THE LOWER COURT’S DECISION ON APPEAL: “THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN TRYING TO DESTROY OUR WAY OF LIFE FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS. THE FACT THAT THE LAKOTA PEOPLE ARE HERE TODAY IS BECAUSE OUR ANCESTORS NEVER GAVE UP. THEY ALWAYS FOUGHT FOR US AND FOR OUR FUTURE. WE OWE IT TO THEM AND TO OUR GRANDCHILDREN TO STAND UP AND FIGHT NOW. LIKE THE ONES WHO CAME BEFORE US, WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP.”
The Tribe’s religious freedom appeal, however, is just a piece of a much broader ongoing legal fight the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has brought along with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other members of the Great Sioux Nation. In a separate set of motions, the Tribes have challenged the pipeline because it threatens the Tribes’ drinking water and the environment in violation of the United States treaty and trust responsibility to the Tribes and in violation of numerous federal statutes. The district court will be considering those issues in the near future.
“The fight against the DAPL is far from over. The court still has to consider our treaty and trust arguments, which we think are very strong. And we are ready to fight whatever other threats to our rights and resources may come our way, whether it’s the Keystone XL Pipeline, nuclear waste, or something else. We’re sick and tired of the government helping private parties get rich at the expense of tribal resources. If the government won’t live up to its trust responsibility to us, then we will see them in court,” Chairman Frazier further explained.
Our next highway cleanup will be scheduled for Spring, 2018.
Vigil at Bank Square, downtown Little Falls, intersection of Hwy 27 (Broadway Ave.) and First Street (where we met all years past) at 1 pm-2 pm.
Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace (BACP) held a vigil against police brutality in solidarity with national protests against police brutality, including a major demonstration in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, December 13.
The vigil demanded an end to police brutality and racial profiling and that police officers who commit police brutality be held legally accountable. The vigil opposed the militarization of the police force and protested disparities in justice based on class, race, and ethnicity.
The vigil also supported strong reforms to the criminal justice system against police brutality, racial profiling, harsh prison sentences for non-violent offenses, solitary confinement, and institutional bias in the justice system based on class, race, and ethnicity. The vigil supported justice for police brutality victims.
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