United Nations body says Sioux must have say in pipeline project

In an opinion article last week published in The New York Times, David Archambault II, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Chairman, put the matter in blunt terms, claiming that that the pipeline project was "fast-tracked", and pledging that his tribe will not pay the "price for America's prosperity" by allowing its construction.

Earlier this month, Energy Transfer Partners presented at an infrastructure conference sponsored by Citibank, highlighting the Dakota Access Pipeline as a "growth project" under a section about how the company is "exceptionally well positioned to capitalize on USA energy exports". One man, Iyuskin American Horse of the Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud Sioux Tribe), spent more than six hours attached to a digger at a DAPL worksite in Mandan, North Dakota. "With state government failing us, and our courts failing us, this is our only option".

Hardin County farmer Nick Schutt is cuffed by Iowa State Troopers after trying to block the path of a truck trying to enter a staging area during a protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline at one of the entrances to a staging area used by Precision Pipeline, the builder of the oil pipeline, in Boone, Iowa, on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016.

Preskey said two protesters, using what appeared to be tape and PVC pipe or casting type of material, bound themselves to a piece of machinery that appeared in the video to be an excavator.

He noted that support from other tribes and the broader community helped Lummi succeed in its own efforts to protect their ancestral village site.

In light of these potential risks, opposition to the pipeline continues to grow, gaining support from activists across the country. "We thought it would be good to come out and pay the same respect". We urge your Administration to direct the Corps to deny the remaining Section 408 permits for Dakota Access, revoke the pipeline's authorizations under Nationwide Permit 12, and initiate a transparent CWA Section 404 permitting process that includes public notice and participation, formal tribal consultation, and adequate environmental review of the pipeline.

The UN is intervening on behalf of the Sioux tribe in its lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the approval of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, which will bring oil from North Dakota to IL.

The forum provides United Nations representation to indigenous people around the globe.

Supporters of the project say it's an important part of the nation's energy infrastructure.

Dakota Access is being built by Energy Transfer Partners LP and its affiliate, Sunoco Logistics Partners LP.

Their journey began August 23, as the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation began a 5,000-mile trip across the western United States and Canada with a 22-foot totem pole strapped in a pickup truck.

Members of a Michigan Indian tribe are heading west to help fight a controversial oil pipeline. We live where our ancestors are buried.

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