Amid ongoing signs of solidarity with his tribe’s fight to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault II has urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to help stop the fossil fuel project in order “to protect the environment, our nation’s future, our culture, and our way of life.”
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He addressed the 47-member body in a two-minute address on Tuesday in which he condemned the destruction of sacred sites the pipeline company has already caused as well as the future environmental and cultural threats the completed “enormous” pipeline would pose, and said and the U.S. government has “failed to protect our sovereign rights.”
“I am here because oil companies are causing the deliberate destruction of our sacred places and burials. Dakota Access Pipeline wants to build an oil pipeline under the river that is the source of our nation’s drinking water. This pipeline threatens our communities, the rivers, and the earth.”
“This company has knowingly destroyed sacred sites and our ancestral graves with bulldozers,” he continued. “This company has also used attack dogs to harm individuals who try to protect our water and sacred sites,” he said, referring to the incident earlier this month documented by Democracy Now!.
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