Published March 4, 2018
STANDING ROCK INDIAN RESERVATION – As the Lakota People’s Law Project legal team prepares landmark necessity defenses for HolyElk Lafferty and Chase Iron Eyes in the aftermath of the DAPL protests, the organization also begun helping to green Standing Rock.
The tragic fact is that, right now, the people of Standing Rock pay 33 percent more for their electricity than residents of Bismarck, just one hour away. To make things worse, unlike in almost every other cold weather state, no law exists in North or South Dakota to prevent utilities from shutting off power in the dead of winter. Imagine living through months without power in temperatures that reach -40ºF. Change must come, and soon.
Phyllis Young was the tribal liaison to the DAPL camps for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Last month, she kept the momentum going by organizing a renewable energy summit on the reservation. Representatives from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology came to assess ways they may be able to consult on sustainability projects. Young is also helping to assess energy efficiency and solar potential for buildings throughout the rez. It’s already clear that by going renewable, the tribe could save tens of millions of dollars, take control of its own energy future, and greatly reduce its carbon footprint.
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