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Update on Dakota Access Pipeline

Sacred Stone Camp, August 2016.
Photo: Flickr user Tony Webster / Creative Commons

At this time, the struggle to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline has moved into the federal courts and out from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's treaty territory and into the many areas across the country where Baakan and Tar Sands oil pipelines are proposed.   

AFSC is grateful to have been able to visit and support the prayer camps along the Cannonball River. A new model of resistance that is rooted in Indigenous resilience and commitment to the earth and the water, and grounded in prayer, has demonstrated the power of peaceful persistence. These teachings are essential as we work together in unity and with respect to support Indigenous people as they protect their sacred sites across the land, which has always been, and is still cared for, by them.  
Going forward, we are asked to divest from the banks that support these pipelines, especially Wells Fargo Bank, and we are encouraged to donate to the legal representation of the over 700 water protectors who are facing state and federal charges as a result of their peaceful, prayerful resistance. To this end, the AFSC has initiated a process to divest from the Wells Fargo Bank 

We offer the following link to the Department of the Interior’s memo: Tribal Treaty and Environmental Implications of the Dakota Access Pipeline  

Protestors at a rally, holding signs reading "Stop funding the Dakota Access Pipeline". Flickr user Joe Piette / Creative Commons.

We also draw your attention to three recent interviews from Standing Rock. These interviews were done by Arlo Iron Cloud of KILI Radio, the Voice of the Lakota Nation! We thank Arlo for allowing us to link to KILI’s Sound Cloud and recommend our readers to return to it to check for additional interviews.  

After the council meeting on Tuesday, Valentines Day, [Arlo Iron Cloud] met with Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Councilman Cody Two Bears. Its a very short interview and hopefully it clears up some misunderstandings. 

Linda and her family have been instrumental to the movement in Standing Rock. She's been there to support and aid the Water Protectors. Join us in this conversation as we see what's happening in Standing Rock. 

We caught the ever-moving Kandi Mosset at the casino buffet and we got a few words in with her. She has been a part of the "Keep it in the ground" campaign for many years now. She is committed to stopping fracking and drilling. She is very supportive of clean renewable energies. She has been at Cannonball, ND since the beginning, trying to stop the Dakota Access pipeline. 

Links for divestment: 

To support the legal defense of water protectors: 

To support KILI Radio’s ongoing coverage of the DAPL: 


About the Author

Jamie Bissonette Lewey is Abenaki. She coordinates the Healing Justice Program for the American Friends Service Committee in New England and she is the chair of the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission.

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