Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier in Washington after White House Tribal Nations Conference on September 26, 2016. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert
Published October 25, 2016
LOS ANGELES – Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe’s Chairman Harold Frazier will meet with President Obama today at a private round table event held in Los Angeles. He will ask the president to protect the rights of the Lakota people, their sacred sites, and waters of the Missouri River.
“I found out about the possibility to arrange a meeting with President Obama to discuss the current situation and I felt I had to fly to Los Angeles for the opportunity,” Chairman Frazier told Native News Online late Monday night.
The chairman will specifically address the need for an Environmental Impact Statement and the easement application that is currently pending before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He will also address the issue of protection of the pipeline company activities by out of state law enforcement agencies, potential civil rights violations and allegations of police brutality against peaceful water protectors.
“We love this land more than any oil company or politician ever could. The tribes will continue to work together to fight for the Great Sioux Nation,” said Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier. “We do not just own these lands…we are a part of them.”
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal member and attorney for the Tribe, Nicole Ducheneaux, explained the need for an Environmental Impact Statement saying, “A full environmental impact statement is needed on this project rather than just an environmental assessment. This project will undoubtedly have significant effects on the environment for generations to come. An undertaking of this risk and magnitude demands the level of in depth review and analysis that only an EIS can provide.”
The chairman continued to ask for prayers for the peaceful and prayerful water protectors watching over sacred water and sacred sites near Cannonball, North Dakota.