Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman David Archambault II stands with President Barack Obama during the latter’s 2014 visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

No Word Yet From White House on Dakota Access: Archambault


Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II said on Sunday that he is unaware of whether the Obama Administration will make a decision on the Dakota Access Pipeline easement as early as this week.

“I haven’t heard anything from the White House,” he said during a press conference at the Oceti Sakowin camp. “I actually called the White House, and the message back to me was, ‘If you didn’t hear from us then it’s probably not true.’ So I just continue to be patient and wait.”

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Rumors began to circulate after Politico ran a report that the Obama Administration would make a decision on the easement for the $3.7 billion pipeline as soon as Monday.

On Friday November 11, the website reported that an Army Corps of Engineers spokeswoman had stated that “an announcement will come in the next few days” from the administration.

“Every time the White House took action [in the past] I had a call from them directly,” Archambault said. “Until I hear something from them I don’t take anything as true.”

On Saturday November 12, more than 100 water protectors lead a demonstration near the Mandan Landfill, an Energy Transfer Partners worksite, located an estimated 45 miles from the Oceti Sakowin camp.

Non–Native American allies held several lines, locked arm-in-arm, many wearing goggles, facemasks, and earplugs, while Native Americans smudged and prayed for the water, for water protectors, police and Dakota Access Pipeline workers.

By 10:30 a.m., an estimated 50 police in riot gear arrived and were stationed behind an armored vehicle at the bottom of a hill east of the water protectors.

By noon, water protectors were returning to their vehicles and heading back to camp. The purpose of this particular action, water protectors said, was to temporarily disrupt production of the pipeline and to reinforce the fact that they are peaceful and prayerful in their demonstrations.

They also said they didn’t want anyone to get arrested because they do not want to feed money back into the state by bonding out more water protectors.

No one was arrested on Saturday—including a man driving a truck who brandished a pistol, aimed it at water protectors, and fired seven shots into the air, according to reports.

Vana Louis, a member of the Tohono’O’odham tribe from Tucson, Arizona, said the man ran over her feet before fleeing the site.

“Yes, I got hurt,” she said. “Yes, I got (ran) over … but we’re not violent whatsoever. We come to bring good medicine. And we come to make sure that we hold what is sacred sacred, and that is our earth and that is the protection of humanity.”

Morton County Sheriffs said they are investigating the shooting incident, the Bismarck Tribune reported. 

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tmsyr11's picture
Submitted by tmsyr11 on
Why would Barack Obama step in now (November 2016) and do "something" that would be construed as constructive "action" to ending the stalemate that happened on the Obama Administration watch? If Hillary Clinton had won the electoral collage (as per Democrat projected polls), then there would have been some constructive movement in a direction in setting up more dialogue for further action/activity. But Hillary didn’t! Considering the events and facts that there has been "racial animosity" brewing since April 2016, Barack Obama could have intervened and made an effort to negotiate. But Barack Obama didn’t! And Barack Obama won’t as there are 60+days remaining in his term. Racial division has been the trademark of Barack’s domestic policies and with DAPL protests and BLM attacks, and the RIOTS to the historic US Presidential elections (Trump), sadly the DAPL protests are going to be used to envelope US President-elect Donald Trump when he takes office on January 20th, 2017! Then it will go on historical record that DAPL become Donald Trump’s ugly baby – thanks in large part to Barack Obama.

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Submitted by candyo on
Take the pipeline off the agenda for the Obama Administration. As the super Moon attested to the people of the Dakota, it is going to pollute the ground waters. The people in charge of the pipeline do not even know how to clean up the mess it creates… They do not care about our children, they do not care, about the poisoning of our water supplies, they only care about filling their pockets. Keep them off at all costs. candy colbert odom cheyenne/arapaho, descendant of the sand creek massacre, Lakeland Fl