Iyan Wakanya Gagnapi Oti Spirit Camp on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation aims to block the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. Photo courtesy Camp of the Sacred Stone
Iyan Wakanya Gagnapi Oti camp aims to block pipeline
By Talli Nauman
Native Sun News Health & Environment Editor
www.nsweekly.com CANNONBALL, N.D –– Volunteers at a spirit camp erected here to block the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline announce April 12 that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has met their demand for scheduling public hearings on the project in Indian country. The Dakota Access Pipeline, also known as the Bakken Pipeline, would carry Bakken crude oil from the Ft. Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota 1,134-miles across Native American ancestral territory in North and South Dakota, through Sac and Fox land and former claims of the Iowa Tribe in Iowa, to Illinois, according to the 2-year-old proposal by Houston-based Energy Transfer Partners and Phillips 66. “We, the land and water protectors at the Iyan Wakanya Gagnapi Oti, or Camp of the Sacred Stones, who are standing in defense of Sacred Water in opposition of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline, have learned that the Army Corp of Engineers has heeded the call of the First Nations and will have public meetings on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation,” they said in a written statement. “We are calling on all who stand in opposition to this proposed Dakota Access pipeline, which directly threatens the water of native communities and all surrounding communities on the Cannon Ball and Missouri River water, to come and tell the Army Corp of Engineers in person why you do not want this pipeline,” they said.
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