SUPPORT FOR THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE TO REQUEST A HALT OF THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE EASEMENT TO DRILL UNDER LAKE OAHE
Whereas: We, the Colorado Coalition for Genocide Awareness & Action, who’s mission is to challenge our society to end complacency towards and raise awareness of genocides past and present, and take action to stop genocides present and future, assure our political leaders take the necessary actions to stop these horrendous crimes against humanity by putting pressure on governments wherever genocide rears its ugly head; and
Whereas: the Dakota Access Pipeline is another chapter in the long history of the federal government granting the construction of potentially hazardous projects near or through tribal lands, waters and cultural places without including the tribe in the decision-making process; and
Whereas: the current proposed route of the 1,168 mile long crude oil pipeline, which will transport nearly 570,000 barrels of oil each day from North Dakota to Illinois, crosses under Lake Oahe, just a half mile
from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation; and
Whereas: the placement of this pipeline, knowingly, could have irreparable harm to the Tribe’s cultural, water and natural resources.
Whereas: the Army Corps of Engineers approved several sections of the pipeline without fully satisfying the National Historic Preservation Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act, and it’s federal trust responsibility to the Tribe, forcing the Standing Rock Sioux into a legal battle; and
Now, therefore, be it resolved that: Colorado Coalition for Genocide Awareness & Action’s Board of Directors stands with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their request of the halt to the Dakota Access Pipeline Easement to drill under Lake Oahe until the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s waters and sacred places are protected.
We hereby certify that this proposal was considered and unanimously adopted.
Signed this 23rd day of September, 2016