Published February 3, 2018
PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA — Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier has requested South Dakota lawmakers to introduce bills in the 2018 South Dakota Legislative session aimed at protecting the treaty territory lands and sacred sites within the state. Lawmakers in the State Capitol accepted his request and introduced HB 1223 “An Act to create a moratorium on oil pipeline construction.” and HB 1224 “An Act to prohibit certain extractive activities in the Black Hills.”
HB 1223 “An Act to create a moratorium on oil pipeline construction” was requested in response to the spills along the Keystone pipeline in western South Dakota and the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline which is positioned to threaten South Dakota crossing the Missouri river just miles north of the South Dakota border.
HB 1224 “An Act to prohibit certain extractive activities in the Black Hills.” was requested in response to the Rochford Gold Mine project, Uranium Fracking project near Edgemont and other extraction activities.
South Dakota legislators were quick to respond to Chairman Frazier’s request and read the proposed bills into the South Dakota House of Representatives the same day. Although the bills have yet to receive a date for a hearing in front of the South Dakota House Commerce and Energy Committee, Chairman Frazier remains hopeful the bills will have an opportunity to be heard and debated.
“It’s important that we protect and take care of Unci Maka “Grandmother Earth” as she has taken care of us. She has not only provided us Indians a good life but all South Dakotans. South Dakota needs to wake up and see what is being done to our land. It must be a priority for all of us that live here in South Dakota to oppose all threats that would harm her, especially these oil pipelines.” stated Chairman Frazier.
This BBSNews article originally appeared on Native News Online.