A view of the community of Fort Yates and the Missouri River, which surrounds it. The Tribe has stated that if the Missouri River waters were contaminated, the environmental impacts to the Standing Rock Reservation would be devastating.

Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Begins Despite Standing Rock Sioux Objections

Chelsey Luger

In the midst of an ongoing effort by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other entities to prevent construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the company Dakota Access LLC has begun construction of the 1,150-mile project, which will carry crude oil from western North Dakota to Illinois.

Construction has begun in North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois, but not yet in Iowa, where regulators have declined to allow construction just yet. In consideration of the environmental impact of the project and other safety concerns, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has not yet issued permits for the project to cross the Missouri River—Standing Rock’s main water source—or the Mississippi.

Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault insists that the fight to stop the pipeline has not come to an end and that the tribe and its allies will continue to exercise their rights to ensure that consideration of the health and well-being of the citizens of the Great Sioux Nation will be taken into consideration by the Army Corps of Engineers and other influential entities.

“The start of construction by Dakota Access will not deter us,” Archambault said in a statement. “To the contrary, the Tribe will continue to press forward, to demonstrate that the Corps has not adequately consulted with the Tribe regarding cultural resource issues, and has not adequately addressed the risk of an oil spill that would harm the Tribe’s waters. The Tribe is dedicated to the protection of our Treaty rights, our Reservation lands, and our people—and we will ensure that the federal government upholds its trust responsibility when it makes its decision regarding the Dakota Access pipeline.”

A screenshot from Leonardo DiCaprio’s Twitter feed displaying his support of the campaign to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Photo: via Twitter)

The Tribe’s “Rezpect Our Water” campaign to prevent the pipeline has gained the support of several governmental entities along with thousands of individuals, including notable celebrities such as Jason Momoa and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Submitted by mem on
This can't be a surprise to anyone - your tribes have reservations now but the evil history of the greed, you all must know that they will eat away at all the lands until your great, great, great grandchildren will know of reservations as something in the past. With all easements through any lands gives the "government" rights on many miles of both sides of these pipelines, railroads, wires, cables etc., etc. They want to brainwash the children through the schools, they want tribes to melt into the mess they've made of the Americas. They have brought so many human beings to this land that sooner or later they will be desperate for more of the resources. Our only hope is to expose what they really are capable of by revealing the actions of the past and making it as well known as their actions of slavery. If not, we will get no support from the rest of the world.