Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) is well aware of the joint announcement made today by the Department of the Army, the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. But that announcement is not stopping him from traveling to North Dakota in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
As reported by ICTMN on Friday, the agencies called for “serious discussion on whether there should be nationwide reform with respect to considering tribes’ views on these types of infrastructure projects.”
The agencies also called for a pause to all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe.
A day prior to the joint announcement, Rep. Grijalva spoke on the need for consultation with tribes.
“Meaningful consultation with tribes is the key to respecting tribal sovereignty. Too often, that consultation is a sham and that is what occurred here. The Dakota Access Pipeline would taint sacred land and put the tribe’s water supply and health at risk. We shouldn’t need a GAO report, but we clearly do,” Grijalva said Thursday prior to the judges decision and the three department announcement.
“The announcement is a significant reversal of the DAPL construction process to date,” a Natural Resources Committee Democrats press release states. “Despite the federal government’s legal trust responsibility to ensure federally permitted projects do not threaten historically or culturally significant tribal places, the trust lands of tribal nations, or the waters that run through them, the Standing Rock Sioux were never consulted about the DAPL, which will run less than a mile from their reservation.”
Grijalva on Sunday will meet with Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II and visit and tour the Standing Rock Sioux camp.