Protesters braved cold & rain to rally against the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline. Photo Courtesy: Martine Zee
Published March 23, 2017
WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department will approve the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline on Monday. This comes after President Trump signed a presidential memorandum on January 24, 2017 encouraging the approval of controversial pipeline.
The State Department’s move will reverse President Obama’s denial of the KXL 16 months ago.
The proposed KXL pipeline project is a 1,700-mile-long crude oil pipeline that would have transported between 700,000 to 900,000 barrels of crude oil per day. This pipeline was planned to extend from Alberta, Canada and pass through the states of Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas on its way to the Gulf of Mexico for storage and export overseas.
American Indians across Indian Country oppose the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. With the support of several American Indian tribes, the National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution opposing the pipeline in 2011.
“Donald Trump has declared war on Indigenous nations across the country. This pipeline runs right through the traditional lands of the great Sioux Nation. Attacks on our lands, sovereignty, and health must stop. We will fight using prayer and non-violent direct action to stop Keystone XL, and we will not back down,” says Joye Braun, an organizer from the Cheyenne River Sioux.
Some in Indian Country feel the Keystone XL is the next Standing Rock.
“Make no mistake: resistance to the toxic Keystone XL pipeline will only grow stronger. We will mobilize, fight back, and resist the Keystone XL pipeline. We plan to create camps along the Keystone XL pipeline route to fight this pipeline every step of the way. If Donald Trump doesn’t back down, expect a massive unified resistance from Indigenous nations across North America,” said Dallas Goldtooth, Keep it in the Ground organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network.