Protests against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline are planned in more than 100 cities worldwide today. Many are taking place at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offices to demand the Army refuse to grant a final permit for the pipeline company to drill underneath the Missouri River. In a joint statement by the Army and the Interior Department released Monday, the Army announced it is holding off issuing the final permit, saying, “The Army has determined that additional discussion and analysis are warranted in light of the history of the Great Sioux Nation’s dispossessions of lands, the importance of Lake Oahe to the Tribe, our government-to-government relationship, and the statute governing easements through government property.” This is Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth.
Tara Houska: “The Indigenous Environmental Network, Honor the Earth and many of our allies are calling for a nationwide day of solidarity on November 15th, a week after the election, at Army Corps offices around the country. For hundreds of years, the United States Army and Native people have been at odds. It’s time that we step forward and begin a new chapter together, one in which indigenous rights are respected, our lands are respected, and our waters are respected by the U.S. government.”
Protests against the Dakota Access pipeline were also planned here at the climate summit in Marrakech, but today is the day of the high-level meetings with the king of Morocco and others, so all protests at the COP 22 have been banned.