As the ND State Legislature begins its special session on August 2, 2016, the Camp of the Sacred Stones invites allies from Bismarck and beyond to join a 3-days of prayer, and discussion on the State Capitol grounds to demonstrate resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline and move forward the discussion of just transitions to sustainable energy. The group will set up camp on the lawn early in the morning, greet the legislators as they arrive for the day, and hold a press conference at 9:30am.
What: Camp on the ND State Capitol to resist the Dakota Access Pipeline
Where: ND State Capitol, Bismarck ND
When: Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 9:30am
Why: To call on Governor Dalrymple and the ND Legislature to stop the construction of the pipeline until tribal lawsuits are addressed
The Dakota Access pipeline is proposed to carry fracked oil 1,172 miles, from the Bakken fields to Patoka, Illinois. Construction is underway, and last week the company received its final water crossing permits from the US Army Corps of Engineers. The pipeline threatens the water, sacred sites, and physical survival of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and countless other communities downstream. The process by which the USACE approved the project was an egregious violation of the relevant federal environmental laws and the 1851 and 1868 treaties between the US and the L/D/Nakota Nations, which remain the supreme law of the land. The Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, and Yankton Sioux Tribes have all filed lawsuits contesting these permits and demanding formal nation-to-nation consultation and a full Environmental Impact Statement.
The Camp of the Sacred Stones is a spiritual and cultural camp in Cannonball, ND, established in April 1, 2016 in opposition to the pipeline. The Camp is determined to speak out against the construction through prayer and non-violent direct action until the tribal lawsuits are addressed, and adequate tribal consultation and environmental review have been conducted.
LaDonna Tamakawastewin Allard (Standing Rock), directs the Sacred Stone Camp expressed her feelings regarding the Army Corps decision, “I am heartbroken that Army Corp of Engineers has allowed the permit for Dakota Access to cross the Missouri River above the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe with no consideration for burial, cultural sites and the water. We must stand against the injustice and corruption of Big Oil and do our best to protect our water. We must fight and continue to work toward stopping this pipeline. We are the protector of this land and water. Remember water is life mni wiconi.”