Published August 26, 2016
FORT HALL INDIAN RESERVATION — A supporting resolution was released on August 17th from the Fort Hall Business Council stating, “The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes is aware that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota is facing threats to its water, damage to sacred sites, and impacts to its culture and tribal member’s health as a result of the approval and construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline that will run through the Missouri River.”
According to a recent article printed in the New York Times newspaper from David Archambault II, Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, states “Our tribe (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe) has opposed the Dakota Access pipeline since we first learned about it in 2014. Although federal law requires the Corps of Engineers to consult with the tribe about its sovereign interests, permits for the project were approved and construction began without meaningful consultation. We are a resilient people who have survived unspeakable hardships…As one of our greatest leaders, Chief Sitting Bull of the Hunkpapa Lakota, once said: ‘Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.’ That appeal is as relevant today as it was more than a century ago.”
Tribal flags, such as the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes flag is proudly displayed at the camp where the peaceful rally of over thousands of tribal and non-tribal people are convening in Cannon Ball, North Dakota to oppose the project.
In July of this year, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed a lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers. The hearing was held this past Wednesday in Washington DC, whereas the rule was delayed to September 9th.