Published June 11, 2019
EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. — Members of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe identified vehicles traveling through the Cheyenne River reservation after 5 p.m. local time yesterday on June 10, 2019. Once the vehicles were identified the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Police Department responded and escorted the vehicles off the reservation in the direction they had arrived.
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe resolution number 304-2012-CR requires that “..any and all Keystone XL trucks and escort vehicles that drive onto our reservation be turned around immediately and go back the way they entered the reservation…”
The vehicles presence was first alerted to tribal officials by concerned tribal members who noticed the vehicles parked in a parking lot in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. After determining the identity of the company which hired the vehicles and the purpose of the cargo, law enforcement escorted the vehicles east on highway 212.
Cheyenne RIver Sioux Chairman Harold Frazier
Chairman Frazier stated, “Any vehicles or personnel working on the Keystone XL pipeline are not welcome on this reservation. Unlike the United States we welcome free speech and concerned citizens standing up for the law. This is Sioux Territory, we will not stand for more encroachments and defilement of our land. I would like to thank the tribal members who brought this to our attention and stand with them in our opposition to the KXL pipeline.”