Cannon Ball – US Army Corps will deny approval of easement of the Dakota Access Pipeline according to tribal officials at the camp.
The following statement was released by Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II:
“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.”
Archambault went on to say he hopes that the incoming Trump administration, Governor Dalrymple and Kelcey Warren will understand the complexities leading to and–ultimately–respect this decision regarding conscientious infrastructure development in Indian Country.
“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,” said Archambault. “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 respect. ”
Also, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell released the following statement in support of the U.S. Army’s decision related to the Dakota Access Pipeline:
“The thoughtful approach established by the Army today ensures that there will be an in-depth evaluation of alternative routes for the pipeline and a closer look at potential impacts, as envisioned by NEPA. The Army’s announcement underscores that tribal rights reserved in treaties and federal law, as well as Nation-to-Nation consultation with tribal leaders, are essential components of the analysis to be undertaken in the environmental impact statement going forward.”
This is a developing story and the announcement comes on the day that 3000 US Military veterans are present on the Oceti Sakowin Camp.