CODEPINK Stands in Solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against Dakota Access Pipeline


The peace group CODEPINK stands in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its just opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline across sacred and ancestral lands. The United States government has failed to properly consult with the Tribe to obtain its free, prior, and informed consent for the construction of the pipeline, as stipulated by international law.

We stand with the original defenders and protectors of ancestral lands, water, and spiritual, historic, and cultural resources at the Camp of the Sacred Stones currently blocking construction of the pipeline across the Missouri River near the Tribe’s territory. We applaud the indigenous youth who ran 2,200 miles to Washington, DC to deliver a petition signed by 160,000 people in opposition to the pipeline’s construction. We applaud the people at the encampment, which started with 35 people and has now grown to hundreds.

The 1,172-mile pipeline proposed by Dakota Access, LLC to transport of crude oil from the Bakken oil fields crosses ancestral lands as well as the Missouri River, a major source of water for the Tribe. The Bakken oil fields are also emitting about 250,000 tons of ethane per year into the air, directly affecting air quality across North America. These emissions, combined with combustion of Bakken oil, are major contributors to the climate crisis that threatens the future of our planet.

We call for the immediate and permanent halt of the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. In light of the severe climate crisis we are already experiencing, we call for the Bakken oil to be left in the ground.


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  • commented 2016-09-12 08:01:20 -0400
    The Rock Sioux represent unity in the cycle of life for all that live on this earth. This unity will protect all that is necessary to continue to live on this earth. The pipeline represents greed for a few with zero assistance for life.
  • commented 2016-09-12 05:16:13 -0400
    The statement is so RIGHT. It is right for the US government (or any other) to consult with the indigenous communities. It is right to oppose the pollution and disasters which are part of the fossil fuel industry. It is right to LEAVE OIL IN THE GROUND. I am deeply and profoundly grateful to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and all the tribes of indigenous people for their beautiful leadership in this matter. -Kathleen Temple, Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • commented 2016-09-11 22:54:57 -0400
    Great keep up the good work.
  • commented 2016-09-11 22:54:57 -0400
    Great keep up the good work.
  • commented 2016-09-11 22:50:55 -0400
    Very good keep up the good work
  • commented 2016-09-11 22:46:47 -0400
    What happens when indigenous people ultimately refuse to consent? I am reminded of the term R2P—Responsibility to Protect and how that doctrine leads to war. FPIC is a doctrine that is not imbedded in law at this time. Therefore, until "no means no "is embedded into the doctrine and the law, the FPIC phrase is a paper tiger.
  • commented 2016-09-11 21:45:26 -0400