Published September 21, 2016
WASHINGTON – Led by Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.), House Natural Resources Committee Democrats will host a forum on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 1:30 p.m. in Washington, D.C., on the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline project (DAPL). The event is open to media and the public.
If constructed, the nearly 1,200-mile pipeline would go through sacred burial grounds located on ancestral Treaty lands and could endanger the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s main water source. Earlier this month Grijalva and Ruiz traveled to North Dakota to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux and other DAPL opponents and to talk to community leaders about federal policies that would stop such incidents from happening in the future.
The forum will examine the federal trust responsibility to tribes, tribal sovereignty, and treaty obligations; the moral and legal obligations to protect sacred sites and Native American cultural resources; environmental justice; and access to safe drinking water on Standing Rock tribal land.
Confirmed tribal officials who will participate in the forum are:
- The Honorable Dave Archambault II, Chairman, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
- The Honorable Harold Frazier, Chairman, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
- The Honorable Faith Spotted Eagle, Ihanktonwan Oyate Spiritual Leader and Elder
- The Honorable Wendsler Nosie, Councilman, Apache Stronghold
- The Honorable Gracey Claymore, Member, Standing Rock Youth Council
Democratic lawmakers will hear remarks from Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault, tribal leaders, youth, and respected elders on their efforts to protect the rights, health, safety and culture of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other Lakota nations in North Dakota.
WHAT: House Natural Resources Committee Democrats Forum on the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline titled Taking a Stand: Protecting Water and Native American Sacred Sites and Cultural Resources at Standing Rock
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST)
WHERE: 210 Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C. – LIVESTREAM below:
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