Water Supply is Precious
PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION — Vice Chairman Tom Poor Bear has released information on Wednesday, January 16, 2014 for an upcoming Oglala Sioux Rural Water Supply System Conference entitled, “Help Save Mother Earth from Keystone XL Pipeline” Conference.
The two-day conference is set for February 13 & 14, 2014 at the Ramkota Inn in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Sylvia McAdams, one of the founders of the Idle No More movement, will be one of the featured speakers on the agenda. Among other scheduled speakers are Tom Goldtooth, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, Pam Palmater, academic director of the Center for Governance at Ryeson University, Toronto and Faith Spotted Eagle of the Yankton Tribe.
The Keystone XL Pipeline fight is getting more and more partisan. The Keystone XL Project is a 1700 mile long crude oil pipeline that would transport between 700,000 to 900,000 barrels of crude oil per day. This pipeline is 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 and environmentalists oppose the pipeline.
The proposed pipeline coming down through the Plains states has caused great concern, particularly among the Oglala in South Dakota.
TransCanada’s proposed pipeline route is right though the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations. It will cross the Oglala Sioux Rural Water Supply System in two places.