Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II outside the court last week. Native News Online photo by Randall Slikkers
Published October 13, 2016
STANDING ROCK INDIAN RESERVATION — Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II is calling for the President Barack Obama to intervene to halt the Dakota Access pipeline that, if constructed, will go through historic Standing Rock ancestral land.
Chairman Archambault has sent a letter dated, October 12, 2016, to President Obama. This letter was sent after a U.S. Appeals Court in Washington, D.C. denied the Tribe’s request to stop the 1,178-mile pipeline.
“Not only do we ask you to oppose the pipeline, but we also ask your Administration to consider declaring the area in controversy a cultural district eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act,” writes Chairman Archambault to President Obama.
President Obama on Standing Rock Indian Reservation in June 2014.
Energy Transfer Partners has ignored the Obama Administration’s call to voluntarily halt construction and continues to desecrate its sacred places.
“The pipeline threatens the lives of more than 17 million people who get their water from the Missouri River,” says Chairman Archambault II, Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
The Tribe notes the Obama administration has several options to prevent the desecration of their sacred lands and contamination of their water source, including denying all easements for the pipeline. The Administration could also declare the area in controversy a cultural district eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. At a minimum, the Tribe urges the administration to analyze all potential impacts of the proposed project, as well as alternatives to the proposal, to prepare a full Environmental Impact Statement.
“We need President Obama to take action now, our lives and our sacred places are at risk. He must heed the call of the millions of people who stand with us to say water is sacred,” said Archambault.
President Obama visited the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in June 2014.