Stand with Standing Rock! Stand Firm for Justice – Deadline Today

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Water protector camp at Standing Rock, December 2016

Photo credit: No Spiritual Surrender

Back in 2014 when the Dakota Access Pipeline project was first proposed, tribal opposition to the project was fast and united.  More than two years of pleas and stances did nothing to stop the progress and ultimate construction of the pipeline.  Last year, we bore witness to one of the most overt shows of militarized power when Morton County evicted protestors from unceded treaty land adjacent to the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. Now, the court has ordered the United States Army Corps of Engineers to fully analyze the consequences a potential oil spill from the pipeline will have for the Tribes’ treaty resources. NARF supports the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes in their quest to have their treaty rights honored and has been supporting the NODAPL case through the courts by submitting information to support the tribe’s position on shutting down the pipeline.

The treaty of 1851 guaranteed the signatory tribes federal protection of tribal hunting grounds from white settlers, though the government never enforced their responsibility of the treaty. The treaty of 1868 guaranteed the Oceti Sakowin (The Great Sioux Nation) undisturbed tracts of land in the Dakotas along with assurances from the federal government that any ‘bad men’ inflicting harm to their way of life would be dealt with by the federal powers.

With respect to the Dakota Access Pipeline, the federal government has again failed to live up to its treaty responsibilities for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and others in the region. By reviving and then expediting the permitting process, the Trump Administration has inflicted another wound in government-to-government relations and left the injured tribes to seek recourse through the courts.

Will you please sign the petition and let the Trump Administration, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Dakota Access, the courts, and especially the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes that we stand in solidarity with the Tribes in this ongoing battle? Support the honoring of tribal treaty rights, fishing and hunting rights, and the existence of tribal lifeways. Stand with Standing Rock. The deadline for signing the petition is Tuesday, August 15.

We need your help! Once you are done signing the petition, consider donating to NARF and join us in Standing Firm for Justice!