Published December 26, 2016
STANDING ROCK INDIAN RESERVATION – Last week Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump requesting to meet with him and made a plea for fairness in regards to stopping the Dakota Access pipeline.
Even though U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied an easement for the continued construction of the pipeline on December 4, 2016, questions remain about how the incoming Trump administration will deal with the situation that has brought thousands of American Indians and allies to Standing Rock to show solidarity in the tribe’s efforts to stop the pipeline.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II outside the court last month in Washington, D.C. Native News Online photo by Randall Slikkers
In his letter dated December 21, 2016, Chairman Archambault informs President-elect Trump the original pipeline’s original route was 10-miles outside of Bismarck, but was moved because the “route was considered too risky for the municipal water supplies that serve Bismarck.”
Chairman Archambault emphasizes he acknowledges the need for the country to have economic development and to be more energy independent and to have national security, but should not do so with tribal consultation that impacts the tribe.
“From our standpoint, the problem with Dakota Access is not that it involves development, but rather it was deliberately and precariously placed without proper consultation with tribal governments. It cuts through our sacred lands and disturbs the graves of our ancestors. It put the water we rely on for life at risk—in ways that are clearly not acceptable elsewhere,” writes Chairman Archambualt.
“There is a finally a process in place to bring fairness to this matter. I trust that you will encourage the Army Corps of Engineers’ Environmental Impact Statement process to go forward, to allow voices from my Tribe and the voices of millions of Americans downstream from us to be heard.”
In conclusion, Chairman Archambault invokes the words of Sitting Bull, who was a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe: “Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.”
CLICK HERE to read Chairman Dave Archambault’s letter to President-elect Donald Trump.