Justice Department Will Soon Announce Next Steps Forward on DAPL: Tribe Responds
STANDING ROCK INDIAN RESERVATION – Today, the U.S. Department of Justice stated it will soon announce the next steps on a “path forward” for the Dakota Access pipeline crossing at Lake Oahe, which the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe maintains has ancestral sacred sites of the Sioux people.
In reaction to the Justice Department’s statement, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II released the following statement:
Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II outside the court last month in Washington, D.C. Native News Online photo by Randall Slikkers
“Today, the Department of Justice announced in federal court that it will be announcing the next steps on a “path forward” for the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing at Lake Oahe.
The only possible path forward for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is a decision that denies the easement or subjects it too a full environmental impact statement and tribal consultation. The only urgency here arises from DAPL’s reckless decision to build to either site of the Missouri River without a permit. It even continued construction when the U.S. Government asked it to voluntarily stop.
We thank all of the people around the world that have joined us in urging President Obama to do the right thing. We ask everyone to join us in peaceful and prayerful opposition as we await this important decision.”