Greenpeace: Water Protectors Should Have Right to Stay on Their Own Sacred Land

Tribal nations solidarity on display in Washington, D.C.

Tribal nations solidarity. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

Published November 27, 2016

WASHINGTON – Greenpeace responded to the 10-day eviction letter given to water protectors at the Oceti Sakowin camp on Friday by the Army Corps of Engineers. The letter states that the lands will be closed to public access for safety concerns.

In response to this news, Greenpeace spokesperson Lilian Molina said:

“It is 2016, Thanksgiving weekend, and the Army Corps has decided to force the Standing Rock Sioux off of its own sacred land. This is an astounding and shameful move by the United States government. The United States has ignored Indigenous sovereignty for far too long, and Standing Rock is an opportunity for President Obama to do right for the Indigenous community and for the climate.

“If President Obama and the Army Corps truly want to ensure the safety of the water protectors, they will deny the easement for the Lake Oahe crossing and rescind all permits for the pipeline immediately. Fundamentally, this is about standing with an Indigenous community fighting for its own survival by protecting sacred land, water, and climate, or siding with a greedy fossil fuel company looking to destroy all of those things.”

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