Winona LaDuke: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe hosts pipeline hearings

“In one day, our sacred land has been turned into hollow ground,” Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chair David Archambault II said of Dakota Access Pipeline construction permit that will soon be the subject of his government’s hearings. Photo courtesy Tatyana Novikova

Pipeline rerouted to keep Bismarck’s water safe
Hearings to take place at Standing Rock beginning Nov. 4
By Winona LaDuke
Native Sun News Today

FT. YATES, N. D. –– After three months of skirmishes between Dakota Access Pipeline advocates and adversaries the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe announced it will hold a set of regulatory hearings Nov. 4 - 22, to consider the project’s impact on sacred sites, safe drinking water, air quality and tribal rights.

The tribal hearings process is like one the White Earth and Mille Lacs bands of Ojibwe exercised in their jurisdictions in 2015, during a successful campaign to prevent construction of Enbridge Corp.’s Sandpiper Pipeline.

“Comment will be received and recorded to address public concerns for the environment and the potential impacts to the drinking water, tribal wildlife, natural resources, spiritual, historical and cultural sites of Standing Rock,” the tribal government said in announcing the hearings.

They were to set take place on Nov. 4 at the tribe’s administrative offices in Ft. Yates, Nov. 9 and 22 at the nearby Prairie Knights Casino, and Nov. 21 at the Grand River Casino in Mobridge.

The hearings aim to offer the public and expert witnesses the opportunity to testify about the impact of federal decision making on the environment, as well as the effect on social and well-being of the proposed project, and to provide documentation that has not yet been considered in any review.

The announcement comes in the wake of a mid-October letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from Honor the Earth, with the Sierra Club and Indigenous Environmental Network, requesting a full environmental impact statement on the Dakota Access Pipeline, aka DAPL or Bakken Pipeline.

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Hearings schedule:
Nov. 4, 2016: SRST Administrative Conference Rooms 1- 4 p.m.
Nov. 9, 2016: Prairie Knights Casino 1-4 p.m.
Nov. 21, 2016: Grand River Casino 4-8 p.m.
Nov. 22, 2016: Prairie Knights Casino 4-8 p.m.

Written comment will be admitted if postmarked by December 5, 2016 and can be addressed to:
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Attn: Hearing on the Environment
P.O. Box D
Fort Yates, ND 58538

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