President Obama has just announced that he will honor his promise to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and bring a nearly-immediate end to the pipeline that threatens treaty land.
Obama says he has been personally monitoring Army Corps of Engineers efforts to reroute the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) off of the sacred lands that a 1851 Indian Treaty declares are protected land of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota.
Obama said that as a country, Americans – including the DAPL corporation, Enbridge – must respect the traditions and claims of the First Nations of this land:
We’re monitoring this closely. As a general rule, my view is that there is a way for us to accommodate the sacred lands of Native Americans. Right now the Army Corps is examining ways whether there are ways to re-route this pipeline. We’re going to let it play out for several more weeks, and determine whether or not this could be resolved in a way that is properly attentive to the traditions of the First Americans.
This marks the second time, however, that President Obama has discussed the Dakota Access Pipeline, suggesting that he would resolve the conflict.
While this is great news, last time he made a big pledge of this sort, he clarified that it was only a “suggestion” to Enbridge.
Protests have been erupted all over the area, over the proposed oil pipeline, which is being built on stolen land that was supposed to have been protected, and which would desecrate sacred sites of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and is statistically certain to contaminate precious nearby rivers.
Grant Stern of Occupy Democrats writes that “not only have the protests stopped construction of DAPL, they’ve also exposed the double standard in America whereby peaceful protesters are abused while armed intruders like the Bundy gang get away with domestic terrorism.”
For his part, Republican nominee Donald Trump has a clear and proven financial stake in the DAPL pipeline.
— The Last Word (@TheLastWord) November 2, 2016
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