Cannon Ball, ND – In a letter to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced they have not made a final decision on whether to grant Dakota Access an easement to drill under the Missouri River.
In response to the Army Corps’ statement the Indigenous Environmental Network issued the following statement:
“This statement from the Army Corps of Engineers is not a final victory by any means, but is a positive sign. While construction has been delayed under Corps’ land bordering Lake Oahe, Energy Transfer Partners continues to build the Dakota Pipeline elsewhere in Iowa, Illinois and North Dakota.
However, the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) remains hopeful and we recognize the Army Corps’ support in exercising the right to hold peaceful demonstrations and also urge Water Protectors to remain non-violent. The Army Corps noted, “we fully support the rights of all Americans to assemble and speak freely.”
IEN will continue to hold the Obama administration to its commitment to prevent environmental injustice and to recognize the rights of Native Nations and its Indigenous Peoples. Furthermore, we will continue to put pressure on the Army Corps and the Obama Administration to not grant the easement, Section 408, for Dakota Access to cross the Missouri River, to rescind the permits given under Nationwide Permit 12 or to order a full environmental impact statement.
We are all a part of a prophecy for humanity to reevaluate the sacredness of this earth. That is what this movement is about. Not granting the easement will be a step in the right direction to respect the original peoples of this country and the life cycles of Mother Earth.”
Dallas Goldtooth, firstname.lastname@example.org, (507)-412-7609
Jade Begay, email@example.com, (505) 699-4791