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All Federally Recognized Tribes Invited to Meeting With Federal Agencies Over Input on Infrastructure Projects

September 24, 2016

The Departments of the Army, Interior and Justice have invited all federally recognized Indian tribes to discuss how Federal decision-making on infrastructure projects can better allow for timely and meaningful tribal input.

The Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Dave Archambault II, says the Obama Administration’s call for national reform on this issue is a historic moment. He says they welcome the Administration’s invitation to all tribes to consult on the process for decision-making on infrastructure projects.

The meetings would begin with a listening session on October 11th in Washington, D.C.

Archambault says the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are fighting for their lives, their people and their sacred places because of a failed process for approval to the Dakota Access Pipeline. He notes the Federal agencies did not conduct a survey of cultural resources and have not conducted a full Environmental Impact Statement.

Archambault says they have already seen the damage caused by a lack of consultation. The ancient burial sites where the Lakota and Dakota ancestors were laid to rest have been destroyed. Archambault says the desecration of family graves something that most people could never imagine.

Archambault is calling on the Army Corps to complete a full Environmental Impact Study and is asking construction on the Dakota Access pipeline be stopped until the study is completed.

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