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As part of the Red Road to DC, a cross-country tour highlighting Indigenous sacred sites at risk, tribal leaders and Native American grassroots organizers held an event in Standing Rock, North Dakota, to call on President Biden to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline. Tour organizers brought a totem pole honoring sacred Indigenous sites as a gift to President Biden to urge his immediate protection of sacred sites that are at risk from oil, mining, gas, and dams.

“Standing Rock caught the attention of millions of people around the world in 2016. Thousands of Native peoples stood together, much as they are today, as we welcome the totem pole, to say enough is enough. No poison in our sacred waters. No destruction of our sacred lands.

And since 2016, the battle to protect our waters from the poison of the Dakota Access Pipeline has waged on. Despite the court victory that forced Energy Transfer Partners to conduct a full environmental impact statement, oil continues to flow. They are operating this pipeline illegally.

The fact that half a million gallons of oil continues to flow under the Missouri River is a violation of our treaty rights and poses a serious risk to the health of our people. We urge President Bident to take action to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline. If he is to hold to his promise of being a climate leader, he cannot continue to support the pipeline. If he is to uphold the obligations of the federal government to the people of Standing Rock, whose ancestors ceded lands in exchange for the promise of reserved fishing, hunting, and water rights, he must shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline.

We call on President Biden to immediately halt the construction and operation of the Dakota Access Pipeline.”

Charles Walker, councilmember of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council

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