Archambault II of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, right, with Tim Coulter
(Citizen Band Potawatomi), the executive director of the Indian Law Resource
Center, at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, on
September 20, 2016. Photo by Indian
Law Resource Center
The UN did pass a resolution recognizing the Rights of Indigenous People but the United States Government refused to sign on.
The pipeline if completed would haul 470,000 barrels of oil a day across four states from the oil fields in Stanley, North Dakota, near the Canadian border, to Patoka in southern Illinois.
The pipeline however was slated to cross under the Missouri River that sits on land protected by international treaties signed between tribal-nations in the area and he federal government. Opposition to the pipeline has united Indian Country as thousands have gathered near Cannon Ball, Nd., to oppose its construction.
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Archambault would go on to say that the U.S. Has failed to respect the sovereignty of tribal-nations.
While in Geneva, Archambault would invite Victoria Tauli Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people, to visit Standing Rock.
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