Standing Rock Says President’s Comments Reflect Distorted Sense of Reality on DAPL

President Trump claims he has not had one phone call complaining about his approval of DAPL

Published February 9, 2017

CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA — President Donald Trump’s statements that he hasn’t heard any opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline reflect a distorted sense of reality given the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s opposition inspired a global movement against the pipeline, tribal leaders say.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II flew to Washington D.C., Tuesday to meet with Trump administration officials to share the Tribe’s perspective on why they so strongly oppose the project. Archambault learned of the U.S. Department of Army’s easement announcement to Congress when he landed and cancelled his meeting upon hearing the news.

“We sent a letter directly to Trump, have filed a legal challenge and we stand with more than 360 Native Nations and millions of Americans who have voiced their opposition to the project,” said Archambault. “The media has widely reported the President’s brazen conflict of interest to the pipeline. His complete disregard for Native Nations and our treaty rights is disrespectful.”

“We have asked for a fair, balanced and lawful environmental impact statement directly to President Trump and through the courts,” Archambault said. “The Governor, North Dakota congressional delegation and the entire world are keenly aware of the immense opposition to this project. We encourage our allies to exercise their First Amendment rights to remind President Trump where we stand on DAPL. Rise with Standing Rock.”

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