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The Indigenous Environmental Network Responds to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Resolution to Clear Camps in 30 Days
January 21, 2017
Press Contact:
Jade Begay, , 505-699-4791
Cannon Ball, ND - On January 20th the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council passed a resolution to clear all three camps located on the banks of the Cannonball River, Oceti Sakowin Camp, Rose Bud Camp and Sacred Stone Camp. The vote passed 12-1.
Chairman David Archambault stated in an interview with Jenni Monet of Indian Country Media Network that the resolution came from the Tribe’s concern that recent actions on the Backwater Bridge may negatively influence the environmental impact statement (EIS) process that the tribe and Water Protectors worked so hard to get.
The following is a statement from Tom Goldtooth, the executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network:
"Our network respects the decision of the Cannon Ball district and the tribal council of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. We fully understand the strain the camps have had on the local Cannon Ball community and the tribe. This action is timely because of the imminent peril of the camp being in a floodplain with record snow in the region that will melt causing the river to flood the camp. Vacating the camp does not mean abandoning the resistance. We will continue to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to strategically halt the Dakota Access Pipeline from risking the contamination of the Missouri River. There are multiple pressure points to accomplish this. We are part of a national coalition effectively defunding DAPL by getting banks to divest their funding of the pipeline and getting bank account holders to withdraw their money. With the Trump administration in office now, the bigger picture requires all Water Protectors and Native Nations to be in solidarity to insure treaty rights, environmental laws and the preservation of historical and cultural resources and sacred sites are fully recognized and protected."

The Indigenous Environmental Network was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues across Turtle Island, also known as North America.
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