North Dakota Tribe fighting to stop the construction of Dakota Access Pipeline across sacred tribal lands
Representatives from the Snoqualmie Tribal Council, and more than 20 Tribal members and their families, are on their way to North Dakota to support the Standing Rock Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight against development on sacred land.
The Snoqualmie Tribal Council recently announced to the Tribe’s general membership that representatives would be traveling to Cannonball, North Dakota, to show the Tribe’s support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as it opposes construction of a pipeline across sacred land.
“It is necessary for the Snoqualmie Tribe to support Standing Rock’s fight,” said Councilman Steve De Los Angeles of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe. “Sacred places, tribal lands, water and natural resources are of utmost importance to tribes and native peoples everywhere. The Snoqualmie Tribe is proud to support Standing Rock Sioux in their fight to protect these things that are most central to who we are as native people.”
The Snoqualmie Tribal Members will be delivering essential supplies to protesters at the camp, and the Tribe will be directly supporting with a $15,000 donation.
“Like the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, our Tribe’s most sacred site, the Snoqualmie Falls, is endangered by destructive development,” said De Los Angeles. “We hope that tribal rights are honored and respected in situations where tribal lands, and especially sacred places, are involved.”
If constructed, the Dakota Access Pipeline would transport thousands of barrels of oil across tribal lands and tribal waters. The Department of Justice, the Army, and the Interior Department jointly announced that construction would be paused on the pipeline near North Dakota’s Lake Oahe. Tribes and supporters from across the world continue to protest the desecration of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s sacred land and water, asking that construction be permanently halted.