The fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline brings together two critically important struggles for environmental justice: the centuries long struggle for respect for the sovereignty of Native tribes and the global battle to curtail the climate crisis. These issues are intertwined, and the outcome of the struggle at Standing Rock will heavily impact what lies ahead on both fronts.
Now is the time for our movement to expand on the wave of support from hundreds of tribes, city governments, faith based and community groups and non-Native allies that has unfolded around the country.
We must send a message to Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, Governor Dalrymple and the CEO’s of Dakota Access – as well as Sunoco, the new owner of the pipeline – that their Bull Connor tactics will not work. We must also send a message to President Obama that now is the time for him take action and stand on the right side of history.
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