The power of prayers and coming together as relatives~ Wopila!
The one thing constant about Oceti Sakowin Camp is change!
Like a flowing river, everything is in flux. Time is fluid.
One minute one thing may be true, the next moment, that may have changed.
The Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would
allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in
North Dakota, the Army's Assistant Secretary for Civil Works announced
Jo-Ellen Darcy said she based her decision on a need to explore
alternate routes for the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing. Her office
had announced on November 14, 2016 that it was delaying the decision on
the easement to allow for discussions with the Standing Rock Sioux
Tribe, whose reservation lies 0.5 miles south of the proposed crossing.
Tribal officials have expressed repeated concerns over the risk that a
pipeline rupture or spill could pose to its water supply and treaty
"Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new
information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it's clear
that there's more work to do," Darcy said. "The best way to complete
that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes
for the pipeline crossing."
Darcy said that the consideration of alternative routes would be best
accomplished through an Environmental Impact Statement with full public
input and analysis.
The Dakota Access Pipeline is an approximately 1,172 mile pipeline that
would connect the Bakken and Three Forks oil production areas in North
Dakota to an existing crude oil terminal near Pakota, Illinois. The
pipeline is 30 inches in diameter and is projected to transport
approximately 470,000 barrels of oil per day, with a capacity as high as
570,000 barrels. The current proposed pipeline route would cross Lake
Oahe, an Army Corps of Engineers project on the Missouri River.
With Prayers we Stand.
Stand Up for Standing Rock!
This is good news, but so much remains to be done.
We will not end our vigilance until the Treaties are Honored, until the rights of the Sovereign Nations of Indigenous people are respected.
Now, more than ever, we can move forward to take on what is needed to turn the tide from fear and hate to love and conviction that we are all related.
This is not over until we have overcome the sentiments of people- the likes of Trump- who upheld the lies and violence of North Dakota and Morton County.
Reconciliation is due.
May we continue to respect each other to have the best outcomes for all concerned.
Yesterday's press conference: