Water Protectors at Standing Rock on December 5, 2016.
Published January 23, 2017
WASHINGTON – At his press briefing today, January 23, 2017, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer suggested President Donald Trump will overturn the permit denial for the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) that the Obama administration issued on December 4, 2016.
“I’m not going to get in front of the President’s executive actions,” Mr Spicer said, “but I will tell you that areas like the Dakota and Keystone pipeline areas that we can increase jobs, increase economic grown, and tap into America’s energy supply. That’s something that he’s been very clear about.”
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer
He added that Mr Trump is “very very keen in making sure we maximize use of our natural resources to America’s benefit.”
Thousands of American Indians and their allies, serving as water protectors, have voiced through opposition to the DAPL at Cannon Ball, North Dakota, near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Thousands have joined the opposition by living at three different encampments.
Spicer also suggested President Trump will overturn his predecessor’s denial of the northern route of the Keystone XL pipeline that will cross the Oglala Sioux Rural Water Supply System two places.
American Indians across Indian Country oppose 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.