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David Gipp: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe stands up for life and water






The humble beginnings of the #NoDAPL movement began with the establishment of the Sacred Stone Camp in April 2016. Photo from Facebook

David Gipp, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the longtime former president of United Tribes Technical College, explains what the #NoDAPL movement is all about:
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the so-called "protesters" have a major point in the massing of some 4,000 to the campsite located along the Cannon Ball River. It is about protecting life—health, safety and spirituality!

It began with 34 "grass roots tribal citizens" who encamped in April to object to building the Dakota Access Pipeline under the Missouri River, i.e. the Oahe Reservoir. The eyes of the nation and the world look upon this movement. The tribal government followed with formal action.

The protesters and the tribe object to the $3.8 billion pipeline and the crossing, which is just north of the reservation border.

They're speaking out to protect public health and safety for all who live downriver, including Indians and non-Indians. Forty years and beyond—the estimated life of the line—are at stake below the river crossing.

Of course, thousands more have joined in objecting to a line that will carry the oil to Iowa for further distribution and refining. Witness the protesters in Iowa and elsewhere.

These actions have resulted in the education and consciousness-raising of the population. It is a time that calls for addressing our public policy on energy for the future of the nation.

Read More:
David Gipp: Tribe acts to protect everyone downstream (The Bismarck Tribune 9/16)

DC Circuit Court of Appeals #NoDAPL Injunction:
Order: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (September 16, 2016)

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