Bismark, N.D.- U.S. Justice Department spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle reiterated via email today that the Army will not issue a permit for the Dakota Access pipeline [DAPL] to cross Lake Oahe while it examines the issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
“While the Army continues to review issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribal nations and their members, it will not authorize constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline on Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe. In the interim, the departments of the Army, Interior, and Justice have reiterated our request that the pipeline company voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe.
The Justice Department is taking the situation in North Dakota seriously, and has been in communications with state and local law enforcement officials, as well as tribal representatives and protesters, to facilitate communication, defuse tensions, support peaceful protests, and maintain public safety.”
The response came as a result of a letter sent by Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
“I am seeking a Justice Department investigation because I am concerned about the safety of the people. Too often these kinds of investigations take place only after some use of excessive force by the police creates a tragedy. I hope and pray that the Department will see the wisdom of acting now to prevent such an outcome.” ~Dave Archambault II
Posted by Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Matt Remle- Lakota)