Battle Over Dakota Access Pipeline Intensifies: Youth Run, Spirit Camp, Capitol Occupation

Yesterday, a group of Oceti Sakowin youth from different Dakota and Lakota nations arrived in Washington DC after running ~2000 miles by relay, in spiritual opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL, also known as the ‘Bakken Pipeline’).  The run will culminate with a rally today at the White House after the delivery of 140,000 petition signatures to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today, to ask President Obama to pressure the USACE to repeal its water-crossing permits for the pipeline.

Coalition Support of Tribal Lawsuits Against US Army Corps Permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline

We are a grassroots coalition of tribal members, landowners, and environmental organizations who stand united in opposition to these permits and the process by which the USACE granted them. This rubber stamp approval undermines the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, as well as federal trust responsibilities guaranteed in the 1851 and 1868 United States treaties with the L/D/Nakota tribes, which remain the supreme law of the land.

Enbridge Invests in the Dakota Access Pipeline

Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge announced that, along with Marathon Petroleum, it will make a significant investment in the Bakken Pipeline System, including the controversial Dakota Access pipeline. As part of their statement, Enbridge also noted that, “Upon successful closing of the transaction, EEP and Marathon Petroleum plan to terminate their transportation services and joint venture agreements for the Sandpiper Pipeline Project.”

Water Protectors Join on ND Capitol Grounds to Resist Dakota Access Pipeline

As the ND State Legislature begins its special session on August 2, 2016, the Camp of the Sacred Stones invites allies from Bismarck and beyond to join a 3-days of prayer, and discussion on the State Capitol grounds to demonstrate resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline and move forward the discussion of just transitions to sustainable energy. 

Photo by M Sorensen

Tribal Citizens Rise Up Against Bakken Oil Pipeline

On April 1st, 2016, tribal citizens of the Standing Rock Lakota Nation and ally Lakota, Nakota, & Dakota citizens, under the group name “Chante tin’sa kinanzi Po” will have a Horse Ride to celebrate the founding of a Spirit Camp that will be erected along the proposed route of the bakken oil pipeline, Dakota Access. This camp will be called Iŋyaŋ Wakȟáŋaǧapi Othí, translated asSacred Rock, the original name of the Cannonball area. The Spirit Camp is dedicated to stopping and raising awareness of the Dakota Access pipeline,  the dangers associated with pipeline spills and the necessity to protect the water resources of the Missouri river.