Washington Tribes Demand Obama to Stand with Standing Rock

Washington Tribes continue to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. We support their call to deny the easement of the Dakota Access Pipeline and to reroute the pipeline away from tribal lands, waters and sacred places.

MR. PRESIDENT, WE URGE YOU, IN YOUR FINAL MONTHS, TO JOIN US IN OUR STAND WITH STANDING ROCK.

Across the country our tribes have been impacted by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers’ and agency’s decisions on infrastructure and development, which have been detrimental to our environment, natural resources and communities. This is a reality for Native people, who have been disenfranchised and repeatedly shoved aside for profit. As our brother, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman David Archambault II, says, “[Energy Transfer Partners] are realizing billions of dollars in revenue. But if you look at the top ten poorest counties in the nation, two of them are in Standing Rock. We are not opposed to economic development. We are not opposed to energy independence. But we are tired of paying for it.” For too long Native people have paid the price for others’ gain. “Whenever there is a resource that needs to be exploited, our lands just keep being taken,” Archambault says. “It has been inflicted on us for over 200 years.”

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, MR. PRESIDENT.

Your administration has stood by Native nations. You have shown solidarity with our people by taking action to address the unmet needs of our tribal communities. You have enacted laws, regulations and policy, as well an implemented programs, processes and funding that adhere to the trust responsibility of treaties and federal agreements.

We want to send a strong message that what happens in Standing Rock sets a precedent for how the United States Government will work with tribes in the future.

WE ARE UNITED IN OUR CAUSE.

Millions of Americans have demonstrated their support through direct action, such as signing a White House petition and sending letters against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on sacred tribal lands. Thousands of water protectors are pouring into Standing Rock and hundreds of people are rallying in peaceful protest across this great country. Now is the time, Mr. President, to make a decision.

Do not let DAPL be your legacy. Do not let it be our legacy. We stand by you, Mr. President. Now, we urge you to stand by Standing Rock.

Quinault Nation President Fawn Sharp speaking at #NoDAPL rally in Seattle.

Quinault Nation President Fawn Sharp speaking at #NoDAPL rally in Seattle.

Signed by

Timothy Ballew, Chair Lummi Nation
Brian Cladoosby, Chair Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
Robert Kelly, Chair Nooksack Tribe
Norma Joseph, Chair Sauk Suaittle Tribe
Jennifer Washington, Chair Upper Skagit Tribe
Melvin Sheldon, Chair Tulalip Tribes
Shawn Yanity, Chair Stillaguamish Tribe
Bill Sterud, Chair Puyallup Tribe
Farron McCloud, Chair Nisqually Tribe
Jeromy Sullivan, Chair Port Gamble Tribe
Leonard Forsman, Chair Suquamish Tribe
David Lopeman, Chair Squaxin Tribe
Don Secena, Chair Chehalis Tribe
Ron Allen, Chair Jamestown S’Klalum Tribe
Frances Charles, Chair Lower Elwha S’Klallum Tribe
Marla Tolliver, Chair Makah Tribe
Maria Lopez, Chair Hoh Tribe
Chas Woodruff, Chair Quileute Tribe
Fawn Sharp, Chair Quinault Tribe
Alisa Burley, SecretarycSnoqualmie Tribe
Bill Iyall,Chair Cowlitz Tribe
Charlene Nelson, Chair Shoawater Bay
JoDe Goudy, Chair Yakama Nation
Michael Marchand, Chair Confederate Tribes of the Colville Reservation
Carol Evans, Chair Spokane Tribe of Indians
Glen Nenema, Chair Kalispell Tribe
Tom Wooten, Chair Samish Nation
Terri Parr, Executive Director Affiliated Tribes of NW Indians

Posted by by Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Matt Remle- Lakota)

Matt Remle (Lakota) editor and writer for Last Real Indians. Follow @wakiyan7 Photo by Alex Garland

Matt Remle (Lakota) editor and writer for Last Real Indians. Follow @wakiyan7 Photo by Alex Garland

5 thoughts on “Washington Tribes Demand Obama to Stand with Standing Rock

  1. EVERYONE who isn’t racist & who believes people, our health, our world is more important than profits & greed need to stand in solidarity with anyone whose rights are being threatened. The minorities who have been killed, enslaved, their lands stolen, treated as sub–human by Americans & our government – especially our Native Americans & African Americans (& women) greatly need us non-haters to join them in their fights!

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