Published August 18, 2016
STANDING ROCK INDIAN RESERVATION – Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II released the following statement on Thursday regarding the Dakota Access pipeline protest:
Statement by Dave Archambault II, Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
August 18, 2016
“The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has a long established opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline Project and we are taking all necessary legal steps to curtail construction on the Pipeline until our grievances are heard and resolved in court. The Tribe also supports the right of our citizens and supporters of the Tribe to engage in peaceful, non-violent expressions of their opposition to the Pipeline.
The Tribe believes that non-violence must be the guiding principle of citizen activism at all times.
We gather near the Cannonball River in prayer. We emphasize that these demonstrations are non-violent actions that are grounded in the shared belief
that we must protect current and future generations that rely on our rivers and aquifer to live. We insist on peaceful action and we have asked that those coming to join us in solidarity come in a peaceful, safe and prayerful manner.”
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