Tuesday February 7, the US Army Corps gave notice of intent to grant the final easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross the Mni Sose (Missouri River). They are skipping the EIS ordered in December, and skipping the congressional notification period required by law. This is a response to President Trump’s Presidential Memorandum directing the Corps to expedite approval of the project. -Sacred Stone Camp
This is not an update we are happy to be sharing, but it is important nonetheless. Such a short time after hopes were raised by the announcement of a new environmental impact statement and plans for substantive consultation with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, the picture is suddenly grim. But this story is not over! Indigenous stakeholders are not giving up the fight, and they are asking for allies to keep up their work as well.
It is also important to recognize that Indigenous groups across the country and around the world are working to assert their sovereignty and protect the environment from fossil fuels and other forms of development. Protecting the water is a story that connects these efforts, and connects us all to what is happening.
These are just a few examples of the work being done by water protectors here in the Wabanaki homeland:
Hundreds gather outside TD Bank to protest Trump’s pipeline order, Bangor Daily News, January 29, 2017
Sherri Mitchell, a Penobscot indigenous rights attorney and activist, asked for prayers for those working to protect water and for healing those actions that would pollute it.
“We have to recognise that unity doesn’t always mean that we get our way. Sometimes unity means that we have to work with others to find a middle ground and we are willing to do that on a lot of issues but this is not one,” she said. “On this issue, there is no middle ground. It’s life or it’s death.”
Women are the Waterbearers of the Universe, by Sherri Mitchell, Penobscot