Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sets up sacred camp to oppose pipeline

Youth from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe participated in a spiritual ride on March 29, 2016, to dedicate the spirit camp near Cannonball, North Dakota. Photo from Indigenous Rising

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has set up a sacred camp to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Iŋyaŋ Wakȟáŋaǧapi Othí, or Sacred Rock Camp, is located near Cannonball, a community on the North Dakota portion of the reservation. The site is only about a half-mile from the proposed route of the 1,100-mile pipeline pipeline.

"We ask that everyone stands with us against this threat to our health, our culture, and our sovereignty," the tribe and its supporters said in a statement. "We ask that everyone who lives on or near the Missouri River and its tributaries, everyone who farms or ranches in the local area, and everyone who cares about clean air and clean drinking water stand with us against the Dakota Access Pipeline!"

The tribe is calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full environmental review of the project, which would start in the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota and would cross South Dakota before entering Iowa and ending in Illinois. The Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation are supporting the request.

“We are so thankful that the EPA, DOI, and the Advisory Council are requesting a full EIS on the Dakota Access Pipeline and hoping that the Army Corp of Engineers listen to the request of these agencies and to the Native communities who will be affected by this dirty Bakken pipeline," LaDonna Brave Bull Allard of the tribe's historic preservation office said in a press release.

Other tribes in South Dakota and Iowa are also opposing the pipeline.

Get the Story:
Spirit Camp prayers oppose pipeline (The Bismarck Tribune 4/15)
Feds Recommend Environmental Impact Study On Proposed Bakken Oil Pipeline (Blog for Iowa 4/8)

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