Water Protectors Peaceful Demonstration on Land Granted by Treaty

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 Dakota Access Pipeline Water Protectors Being Forcibly Removed By Militarized Police

Water Protectors Demonstrating Peacefully on Land Granted By Treaties of Fort Laramie

Thursday, October 27, 2016


Jonathon Berman, (202) 495-3033, jonathon.berman@sierraclub.org

Standing Rock Sioux, Ancestral Homelands — Currently, the Morton County Sheriff’s department in North Dakota, dressed in militarized gear and using military armored vehicles, are forcibly removing peaceful Water Protectors, demonstrating against the Dakota Access Pipeline. While the Sheriff’s department claims this is private land, it was designated as tribal territory under the Treaty of Fort Laramie in 1851 and 1868.

In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:

“Water Protectors have and continue to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights, calling on the Obama administration to reject the dirty and dangerous Dakota Access pipeline. Forcible removal by the police — let alone the militarized police presence now on site– is unacceptable. These militarized actions curtail democracy and are nothing less than an attempt to stifle the voices of those standing up for their heritage and their rights.

“This pipeline is a direct threat to First Nations’ water and heritage, and must be rejected. The Standing Rock Sioux’s home and history, like all of ours, deserve to be protected, and the Sierra Club stands in solidarity with our tribal allies in this historic effort.”


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