Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Fraizer addressed crowd assembled to say #NODAPL. Native News Online photo by Mark Charles
Published August 24, 2016
WASHINGTON – A crowd of some 350 people is gathered outside the United States federal court building on Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday afternoon as a preliminary injunction against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Dakota Access, LLC is heard before a district judge. The court proceedings are due to begin at 2:00 p.m. – Eastern Time today. The lawsuit to stop the pipeline was filed by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe earlier this month.
Several busloads of American Indians journeyed from the Great Plains to the nation’s capital to voice their concerns over the Dakota Access pipeline. They have brought their message of #NODAPL to the nation’s capital from Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
Thousand of protectors of the land and water have staged prayer at the Dakota Access construction site near Cannon Ball for over two weeks. Since that time 29 people have been arrested, including Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Arcahambault II.
Among the speakers today outside the federal court was Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Fraizer, who went to Capitol Hill with several of his tribal citizens earlier on Wednesday. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has joined the lawsuit with Standing Rock Soiux Tribe to stop the Dakota Access pipeline.
“I went up to the Senate and told them people don’t understand the power of water. They don’t understand the meaning of life,” commented Chairman Fraizer Wednesday afternoon.
Fraizer has called for American Indians and supporters to pray for that the federal district judge makes the right decision to stop the construction of the pipeline.
It is not certain when the judge will render a decision. It could be yet today or within days.
Mark Charles contributed to this report from Washington, D.C.