Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II at Field Museum’s Standing Rock exhibition in Chicago. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert
CHICAGO – Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, weighed in on the president of the Untied States “both side” comments relating to last weekend’s neo-Nazi, white supremist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which resulted in three deaths and 19 others injured.
Archambault was in Chicago on Thursday to take part in the “Water is Life: Tribal Leaders’ Perspective” discussion at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law with Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin Chairman Gary Besaw. After his discussion, Native News Online asked him about his feelings on Trump’s press conference on Tuesday at Trump Tower, where the POTUS said “there were fine people on both sides.”
Trump’s comments, which were pandering to racists’ belief systems, have garnered much resentment and push back across the country, including from members of Congress and business leaders.
Archambault said with Trump’s argument, the POTUS may think there were good on both sides during last year’s Standing Rock’s opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline. Standing Rock attracted thousands of American Indians and allies to encampments where water protectors were met with strong police opposition.
“At Standing Rock, we had the water protectors on one side and the police on the other. They turned dogs loose on water protectors, rubber bullets and water cannons. I wonder if the president’s ‘both sides’ argument applies for the those who fought water protectors at Standing Rock?” Archambault said during lunch at the Field Museum.
On Thursday evening, both tribal chairmen held the “Water at Risk” at the Chicago American Indian Center.