Seattle, Washington–(ENEWSPF)–January 24, 2017. Judith LeBlanc, a member of the Caddo Tribe and director of the Native Organizers Alliance, released this statement today:
“President Trump’s executive actions to push through the pipeline projects of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline is a violation of Standing Rock Sioux Tribal sovereignty and marks the beginning of a full frontal attack on Mother Earth on behalf of the fossil fuel industry.
“The executive actions violate the legal and moral sovereign treaty rights of the Lakota, Nakota, Dakota people and an aggressive rebuke of the over 300 tribes who stand with Standing Rock in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.
“With the strength of prayers and people power, water protectors, Native and non-Native, across the country are more than ready to respond with sustained actions to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone XL Pipeline.
“Native Organizers Alliance will continue to support the tribal, spiritual and grassroots-led movement that has mobilized millions to stand with Standing Rock through petitions, phone calls and the largest and longest direct action in U.S. history, the Oceti Sakowin Camp.
“We also call on those who work in the government agencies who are being pressured by President Trump to circumvent the Environmental Impact Study to stand for what is right: responsible governing and respect for the sovereign legal and moral right of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to protect water for their tribe and the 17 million people who live and work along the shore of the Missouri River.”
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Native Organizers Alliance, a strategic partner with People’s Action, is a Native training and organizing national network, dedicated to building Native organizing capacity and grassroots power for change.