Sacred Burial Ground in North Dakota sold to Dakota Access.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe announce sacred burial ground sold to Dakota Access.

  • The announcement comes after thousands came nto North Dakota to stand against Dakota Access.

  • Paperwork was finalized yesterday and money has already been transferred for the sale of the land.

  • Dakota Access is now pulling similar tactics in Texas that they used in North Dakota.

An area of Cannonball, North Dakota has recently caught the eye of the nation. People from around the world have come together in this small rural area to protect the land from the threat of the Dakota Access Pipeline. It now appears those efforts were futile as the Sacred Burial Ground in North Dakota has been sold to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The paperwork has been filed with the county.

The announcement comes from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe following the Protecting Native Land and Resources, Rejecting North Dakota Pipeline Forum. The Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said the following at today’s meeting.

Thank you for taking this time to hear us. It’s really important that we understand where we are coming from as tribes from across this nation. From my perspective, I don’t think it’s the perception that we oppose economic development or we oppose energy independence or we oppose national security. What we oppose is it being done off our backs. For too long, there aretoo many cases where tribes have been forced to give and continue to give. Today, we pay for the Missouri river, Lake Oahe Hydropower with Western Area Power Association so that this nation gets affordable electricity.

One of the things that we at Standing Rock go off of is one of our leaders of the past was famous, famous for his quotes. If you ever hear of Sitting Bull, if you know who Sitting Bull is… Sitting Bull came from Standing Rock and one the most famous quotes that he has is, “Let’s put our minds together and see what we can build for our children.” So today as this is the topic, something that guides us in our decision-making as leaders: We are putting our minds together so that the kids, the ones not yet born, have something better than what we have today. It’s a constant strive to make sure they have clean water. It’s a constant strive to make sure that sacred places are protected so that they have that when they’re here.

We’ve been in this battle for a couple of years, it’s been ongoing. We were going through litigation with the Corps of Engineers because we felt that we are a sovereign nation and we never had meaningful consultation for a project like this. Another project that is bringing infrastructure through our territory without us having a say. And what’s law is flawed, so we want to make sure that this doesn’t happen. We should have an opportunity in the future no matter what to have a say. The way we’ve been doing that through prayer and peace. I have to share that with you because we’ve got a lot of attention and it seems like attention only comes when there’s negativity.

Attention only comes when the media thinks there’s something worth reporting because it’s negative. But, we’re getting attention because of the positive. We’re doing something positive, and we’re doing it in a peaceful way. We have an opportunity for policy change with the three agencies coming together and saying what has been going on, is it necessary? You do have legitimate concerns. We have to stop and look and review what has happened in this permitting process in a project of this magnitude.” That’s good; we welcome that opportunity to say but I just don’t want this to say “OK, this is going to happen no matter what the next pipeline is, we’ll make this change.” We have to make this change with this pipeline, and there is a full EIS done.”

I wanted to talk about the treatment that we receive from our own state. There is a state of emergency by the Governor. We have blockades re-routing traffic that’s going to our Nation. We have the National Guard called in. We have low flying planes. We have the Governor contacting the Pentagon to investigate waste, overstepping the district. I need to let you know that this is the treatment that we’re getting, and it’s not right. Not only that, we have the Dakota Access Pipeline and the way they treat Standing Rock. Standing Rock had sacred burial sites of our ancestors, and they came in and destroyed. It’s not right. They were privy to information and within the law sometimes things are legal, but they’re just wrong. I know this case, it’s just been wrong what the company’s done.

Recently, they purchased the Cannonball Ranch, yesterday the transaction was final, the documents are signed and recorded with the county and the money was transferred. So the owner of the Cannonball Ranch, where we’re demonstrating, what we’re protecting, has now been sold to the pipeline company. So it’s really disturbing to me because the intention is all wrong. Without having any further review and without understanding what the process was… it’s not fair. It’s not right, and the company is going to try to move forward without any consideration of tribes. I am not asking that you stop this pipeline, I’m asking that you do a full EIS.

Over 300 tribes came together for the first time in history.

Some of those standing against the pipeline have been in the Cannonball area for months. Over 300 tribes came together, which has never been seen throughout history. However, even with the efforts put forth by so many, it now appears that nothing is in play to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from going through North Dakota.

While the battle for this land may be lost, the war against the Dakota Access is not over. States across America are coming together to stand against different areas of the 11,72-mile path.

At this moment, the Dakota Access construction crew have just completed stage one on the Davis Mountains located in Texas. The land that Dakota Access recently began construction on is known to be sacred and environmentally important.

Texas now faces the same battle as North Dakota against Dakota Access.

The Free Thought Project reports that Dakota Access has been suing landowners for property to ensure that their pipeline goes through. As of now, Kelcy Warren, the CEO of Dakota Access has taken at least 40 landowners to court and sued them for eminent domain to take property for a cause he claims to be of “public interest.”

Warren, backed by proponents of the pipeline claim that the construction would help to bring needed finances to the area’s towns that are financially struggling.

The project is called the Trans-Pecos Pipeline, which will follow along the Big Bend path. Those against the Dakota Access Pipeline share a fight with those in Texas. Aside from sacred ground being disturbed, there are huge concerns that this pipeline could have a significant impact on water supplies when the pipeline inevitably has a serious leak.

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