Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman Calls Circuit Court of Appeals Keystone XL Pipeline Decision Legal Thuggery

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier in Washington after White House Tribal Nations Conference. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

Published June 8, 2019

CHEYENNE RIVER INDIAN RESERVATION — Harold Fraizer, tribal chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe the Ninth District Circuit Court of Appelals decision that allows the construction of Keystone XL pipeline “legal thurggery.”

Here is Chairman’s statement released on Thursday, June 6:

“Today is yet another example of the legal thuggery that has been a hallmark of United States policy towards native life of this land. Citing the fact that the President of the United States issued another permit makes the case no longer active, even though there is an active case on the original permit.

This pipeline is slated to cross hundreds of miles across our treaty territories that the United States had pledged to protect through treaties. It will cross upriver from the reservation we have been forced to live on so close it will at times cross our reservation boundaries.

It is these kinds of disgusting legal maneuvers that have raped my people of our lands and treasures. The legal weapons of mass destruction that have decimated our population is aimed at our land and future. Where is the protection against foreign people that this administration has promised the American people? Or is the simple answer that we are not considered American people?

It is sad that the rule of law can be overruled by the white man’s rule of greed while we are persecuted for even attempting to protest this travesty. Again, the Federal government has failed us and our land.

This land is not the land of the free, ask any Indian. It is no longer the land of the brave when you cannot face your opponents. We will continue to fight and resist this destructive Federally-sponsored danger to our land. This is merely another desperate attempt to make the morally wrong into legally right by the President of the United States.”

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