FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, December 4, 2016
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Swinomish Indian Community Chairman and National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby Congratulates the United States Army Corps of Engineers Decision to Deny Dakota Access Pipeline Easement
SWINOMISH INDIAN RESERVATION – Swinomish Indian Community Chairman and National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby congratulated the United States Army Corps of Engineers on its decision to deny the Dakota Access Pipeline an easement it needs to proceed on its current route. The Army Corps also has required a full environmental impact statement and consideration of alternative routing.
“The Army Corps has made the decision that the Standing Rock Sioux community and all of Indian Country has called for,” said Cladoosby. “This decision will ensure that impacts on drinking water from a pipeline that we know will fail at some point and on tribal treaty rights will be adequately considered. We thank the Obama Administration for once again demonstrating its commitment to respect for tribal sovereignty and a true government to government relationship.”
“My hands go up to all the water protectors who have stood up to protect tribal treaty rights and to protect Mother Earth. Thank you for Standing For Standing Rock.”