Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe: President Trump Lies About Working with Tribes on DAPL

Trump White House continues to claim tribes have been involved with conversations regarding DAPL. Tribes say this is not true.

Published February 24, 2017

EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA — The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe reacted to yesterday’s false claims by White House Press Secretary Spicer that  “our team has been in contact with all the parties involved” and also claimed that “we are constantly in touch with them” regarding the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL).

In fact, no one from the Administration has contacted the tribe according to  a press statement sent to Native News Online this morning regarding issue. The tribe maintains Spicer twice lied about the President’s promise to negotiate a solution between Tribes and Energy Transfer Partners.

“Nothing could be further from the truth.  These are lies on top of lies.  My team contacted the new Administration at all levels only to have meetings and conference calls cancelled at the last minute,” says Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier in Washington after White House Tribal Nations Conference. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

Chairman Frazier continued, “On January 27, 2017, I sent a letter to the Acting Secretary of the Army formally requesting government-to-government tribal consultation as required under Department of Defense Instruction and Policy on any decisions under Trump’s January 24, 2017 memorandum.  I received no response, no contact, no consultation.”

Just weeks earlier President Trump also claimed that he had not heard one word in response to his January 24, 2017 memorandum pressuring the Army Corps of Engineers to approve DAPL.  Frazier responded, “If he was in touch with us, in constant contact, he would know that we oppose this attack on our homelands, our drinking water and our treaty rights and resources.  Which is it?  Are they in contact or not?”

The press statement continues:

“There is a solution to the threat DAPL proposes to the drinking waters of the tribe and millions more.  The Administration should require Energy Transfer Partners to reroute DAPL to avoid crossing the Missouri River and major water bodies—a route already recognized by Federal agencies. President Trump and Press Secretary Spicer should make good on their word and contact the Tribe to negotiate a solution.”

Last evening, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe refuted Spicer’s false claims.

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