Two Congressmen Request Immediate Meeting with President Obama to Discuss Oceti Sakowin Closure

Congressman Raul Grijvano at encampment.

Congressman Raul M. Grijalva at encampment.

Published November 30, 2016

WASHINGTON — Two members of Congress, Raul M. Grijalva (D-Arizona, 3rd Congressional District) and Jared Huffman (D-California, 2nd Congressional District) are requesting an immediate meeting with President Barack Obama to discuss the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to evict thousands of water protectors from the Oceti Sakowin camp near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota on December 5, 2016.

“The Army Corps of Engineers letter announcing the closure of the Oceti Sakowin camp to demonstrators represents a concerning and disappointing course of action by the federal government. We question the plan and reasoning given by the Army Corps of Engineers to close the Oceti Sakowin camp to the Water Protectors,” write the two Congressmen.

The Congressmen cite the recent “dire images and accounts” coming out of Standing Rock and the recent camp closure as the recent to meet President Obama.

Grijalva visited Oceti Sakowin on September 22, 2016 to lend show his solidarity to the water protectors.

To read in entirety of the congressmen’s letter here.

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