Protesters gathered to give support against the Dakota Access pipeline on Wednesday, Aug. 18 – Photos courtesy of Honor the Earth: Sarah Little RedFeather Kalmanson
Published August 23, 2016
TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker issued a statement Tuesday regarding the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Chief Baker’s statement is as follows:
Principal Chief Bill John Baker
“The Cherokee Nation stands in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its effort to halt the development of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and I applaud our Tribal Council for showing the support of the legislative body of the Cherokee Nation as well. The Standing Rock people have an inherent right to protect their homelands, their historic and sacred sites, their natural resources, their drinking water and their families from this potentially dangerous pipeline.
The Cherokee Nation supports safe and responsible energy development, and energy development in Indian Country is only responsible if it respects the sovereign rights of tribal governments and includes meaningful consultation with tribal officials. As Indian people, we have a right to protect our lands and protect our water rights. That’s our responsibility to the next seven generations. The Standing Rock Sioux should be allowed a place at the table to express their legitimate concerns on a pipeline plan that could be detrimental to their tribe for many future generations.”