“First, the fight is not over, the fight for our water, for the unborn and for Mother Earth,” Chairwoman Janet Alkire said in a video released by the tribe earlier this month. “DAPL is an ongoing trespass against the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe,” Alkire continued, asserting financial damages from the operation of the illegal infrastructure. “Every day that the pipeline operates and transfers oil, trespass damages continually accrue.” “Each day is a risk of more than a half-million barrels of oil poisoning our most precious water source, the Missouri River,” Alkire said, referring to the fact that the final portion of the pipeline crosses through the treaty-protected body of water. Despite the review going forward at the federal level, the tribe is no longer working cooperatively with the Army Corps. In the video, Alkire said the contractor selected by the agency to prepare the environmental impact statement, also known as an EIS, belongs to an energy industry group that opposed Indian Country’s push for the review. “As we are expected to uphold the law, we want the Army Corps to do the same,” Alkire said in the tribe’s video.
Some good news for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.— indianz.com (@indianz) February 22, 2022
The Supreme Court won't hear challenge brought by the wealthy developers of Dakota Access Pipeline. Backers sought to stop environmental review of final portion at Standing Rock.
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Leaders of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe have also joined Standing Rock in pressing the Biden administration to end the contract with the firm, calling the current process “irredeemable” and “fatally flawed.” The September 2021 letter from the three tribes was addressed to Jaime Pinkham, who at the time was serving as the “acting” Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works. In that leadership role, Pinkham, who is a citizen of the Nez Perce Tribe, was overseeing the DAPL review process. Since then, a permanent, U.S. Senate confirmed Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works has joined the Biden administration. The person now serving in the position is Michael Connor, a citizen of the Pueblo of Taos who has acknowledged the Army Corps’ troubled past in Indian Country. “There has been a tension in the way the Corps has historically gone about the rest of its portfolio, permitting activities that impact the interests of tribes and tribal treaty rights,” Connor told the National Congress of American Indians during the organization’s winter meeting last Monday. “We are going to revamp and modernize and update the tribal consultation policy that the Corps has,” Connor promised tribal leaders who attended the virtual conference.
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