Youth runners protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline stopped on the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska on May 2, 2016. Photo by Liz Lovejoy
Fracking, pipelines spur actions in Lakota Territory states
By Talli Nauman
Native Sun News
Health & Environment Editor
www.nsweekly.com MARTY –– A youth relay run to raise awareness about oil pipeline dangers was one of several key events during the last week of April 2016 generated by the threat of more toxic spills in Nebraska, North and South Dakota. The 500-mile run through Lakota Territory focused attention on the Dakota Access Pipeline, also known as the Bakken Pipeline. Houston-based Energy Transfer Partners and Phillips 66 want the line to carry Bakken crude oil from the Ft. Berthold Indian Reservation 1,168-miles across 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty territory in North and South Dakota, through Sac and Fox land and former claims of the Iowa Tribe in Iowa, to Illinois, according to a 2-year-old proposal. “We ask that everyone stand with us against this threat to our health, our culture, and our sovereignty,” organizers said in a joint 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 pipeline would cross the Missouri River twice, upstream from the drinking water sources of eight South Dakota Indian reservations and rural supply systems that serve 60 percent of the state’s domestic water users.
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