Runners to run 143 miles with “No Tar Sands On Treaty Lands” Message
ROSEBUD, SOUTH DAKOTA — The Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s Shield the People Project announces that on September 23rd it will send a delegation of runners from Rosebud, South Dakota to the State Capitol in Pierre. The delegation will run 143 miles with a message: “No Tar Sands on Treaty Lands.”
The proposed route of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline crosses directly through Great Sioux Nation Treaty lands as defined by both the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie Treaties.
In response to TransCanada’s permit certification filing earlier last week, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe intends to intervene in the PUC proceedings to assert its rights and protects its interests in the land and water.
The Tribe has yet to be properly be consulted on TransCanada’s KXL Tarsands project by government officials in accordance with federal law, and it opposes the construction of this and any other pipelines through its territory without its free, prior, and informed consent.
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe is one of several Indigenous Nations to be honored at the upcoming Harvest the Hope concert at Neligh, Nebraska for their efforts to stop the TransCanada tarsands pipeline. The concert’s headliners, Neil Young and Willie Nelson, share the tribes’ and regional landowners’ desire to stop the pipeline. Seven thousand people are expected to attend the concert, which will be held on a private farm in rural Nebraska.