Standing with Standing Rock

Sara Shor, Contributing Writer

Over the Labor Day weekend, peaceful protesters against the Dakota Access Pipeline were met with guard dogs and pepper spray while defending sacred burial grounds from bulldozers.

This is shocking and saddening, but it’s also a wake up call.

If built, Dakota Access would carry toxic fracked oil from North Dakota across four states and under the Missouri River, immediately upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. That makes it a threat to the sacred land and water of Native communities and a disaster for the climate.

Tribal leaders are taking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to court over the unjust pipeline approval process, but President Barack Obama could step in any time and say “no” to this whole thing — like he did for Keystone XL.

For months, thousands of indigenous activists have set up resistance camps along the pipeline route in a historic moment of nonviolent resistance.

We know that to defeat a pipeline, it takes a movement of people from all corners of the nation.

It’s Keystone XL all over again.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is rushing to approve this dirty oil pipeline that would stretch more than 1,100 miles.

And the construction continues, despite the irreparable damage the pipeline would cause to our climate, culture, and communities.

Can you sign our petition — act.350.org — telling President Barack Obama to join the tribal nations and say no to the Dakota Access Pipeline?

Building pipelines used to be easy for the fossil fuel industry. Thanks to years of work by the climate movement, they now face opposition everywhere they turn.

Let’s show them what we’re made of — and help defeat Dakota Access for good.

Onwards.

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Seeking justice, protecting Tribal lands

“The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe deeply appreciates the support of other tribes and other supporters in continued opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

“Tribes and other supporters may contact your members of Congress and the administration to join us in opposing an easement from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“The tribe will continue to advocate for justice regarding the protection of our waters and sacred sites through litigation and through a broad and coordinated outreach program to the media, to Congress and to the States.

“Again, with all of the tribe’s work in this regard, we will continue to seek justice through peace and lawful means, focusing on prayer and unity, and we ask all our supporters to do the same.”

— Dave Archambault II, chairman, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe