Tribal unity grows over pipeline conflictConsultation meetings help forge common identity
By James Giago Davies
Native Sun News Today Correspondent
nativesunnews.today RAPID CITY –– “It started from that first episode up at Standing Rock,” Executive Director of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association, A. Gay Kingman said. “Obama got a hold of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and determined that nothing would happen (with the DAPL pipeline) until we had these (series of) consultations; ours was the last one.” Kingman is referring to a series of six tribal consultations across the nation with federal agencies beginning on October, 25, 2016, at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Seattle, Washington. Ostensibly, these consultations could have focused on any number of tribal concerns, but the chief concerns for those attending the final consultation held at the Holiday Inn Dakota Ballroom in Rapid City on Thursday, November 17, was the threat to tribal water from the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) just north of the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, and the threat to sacred burial and historical sites in the construction path of the proposed pipeline.
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