Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. visits water protectors at Standing Rock. Photo from Facebook.
Published November 16, 2016
STANDING ROCK—Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. president of Waterkeeper Alliance, visited Standing Rock on Tuesday to lend his support and solidarity to the opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline.
Kennedy paid Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II a visit and toured the encampment.
He disagrees with the Energy Transfer Partners, the owner of the Dakota Access pipeline that they finished the legal permitting process to complete the pipeline.
“That’s like saying that if somebody is robbing a bank, since they’ve already gotten the guns and they’ve already got everybody tied up, we ought to let them just keep the money. They’re violating the law and the shouldn’t be allowed to get away with that,” says Kennedy.
On Monday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers indicated it would not grant the easement permit to complete the project until more consultation is done with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Kennedy is a longtime environmentalist and the second son of the later Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was champion to improve American Indian education.