Tribes Gather with Allies to Celebrate the Stopping of Keystone XL Pipeline


Published November 16, 2015

ROSEBUD, SOUTH DAKOTA— The Rosebud Tribe hosted the Keystone XL pipeline Rejection Victory Celebration, entitled “Wocekiye Unwohiye,” translated means “success through prayer.” American Indians and allies gathered at the Sinte Gleska University in Mission, South Dakota over the weekend to celebrate President Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline.


The president made his announcement on Friday, November 6, 2015 to reject Transcanada’s cross-border application for the 1,700 mile long Keystone XL pipeline that would have come down from Canada and work its way down the Great Plains states. The proposed pipeline would have transported between 700,000 to 900,000 barrels of crude oil per day. This pipeline was planned to extend from Alberta, Canada and pass through the states of Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas on its way to the Gulf of Mexico for storage and export overseas.

Tom Poor Bear, vice president of the Oglala Nation, addressed the crowd and told them he appreciates how American Indians and their allies came together to stop the pipeline.

Tom Poor Bear

Oglala Sioux Tribe Vice President Tom Poor Bear

American Indians across Indian Country opposed the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. With the support of several American Indian tribes, the National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution opposing the pipeline in 2011.

Faith Spotted Eagle

Faith Spotted Eagle

Photos Courtesy of Attorney Jennifer Baker, who adamantly fought the Keystone XL pipeline’s application.







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