Photo by JOSUÉ RIVAS.
The Water Protectors have been there since the summer. Over the Thanksgiving weekend several thousand people were expected to be camped on the US Army Corps of Engineers (USCoE) managed land on the banks of the Cannon Ball River in North Dakota. As many as 2,00 plan to remain throughout the winter, or until the USCoE denies the permit to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline close to the sacred ground and water supplies of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
As the latest step in this remarkable protest, last Friday the USCoE notified protesters in the camp that they would be evicted beginning December 6. The Water Protectors from hundreds of native American tribes along with environmental justice supporters from across the nation, including Pittsburgh, are likely to stand put, despite the prospect of the state troopers and National Guards using tear gas and water hoses in freezing weather.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Sign the petition that calls upon President Obama in part
“to direct the Corps to repeal the permits for the Dakota Access pipeline
until formal tribal consultation and environmental reviews are properly and adequately conducted.”
Call the White House Comment Line
Monday – Friday between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. E.T. via 1-303-816-3559
You’ll hear a recorded introduction that will give you more information.
Then you’ll be connected directly with the White House Comment Line.
NOTE. In January the responsibility of protecting the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s water will rest with the Trump administration, raising the possible conflict of interest because of Donald Trump’s holdings in the DAPL owner company.