Chairman of Standing Rock Sioux to speak at Cornell

There are Americans who do not believe it is right or just for the nation to put precious and limited drinking water at risk for corporate greed.

"We are a sovereign nation and we will fight to protect our water and sacred places from the brazen private interests trying to push this pipeline through to benefit a few wealthy Americans with financial ties to the Trump administration", said Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

The Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now, which supports the pipeline, responded to Trump's action, saying it was a positive signal to businesses looking to invest in America.

Lawyers for the Standing Rock tribe plan to argue in court that the environmental impact statement was wrongfully terminated, and will request a restraining order while the legal battle ensues.

The protests wound down with the arrival of the harsh prairie winter coupled with the Obama administration's move to de-escalate tensions with the January decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to deny the easement.

Attorneys for the Tribe emphasize that the easement can not be granted legally at this time.

The tribe said its attorneys found the final easement could not be granted legally at this time. Amnesty International called the announcement "an unlawful and appalling violation of human rights". "They will be held accountable in court".

On 1 February 2017, police arrested 73 people at Standing Rock, mostly on misdemeanor trespassing charges, at a newly-established camp called "Last Child" which Morton County Sheriff spokesman Rob Keller said was on property owned by the pipeline firm. While the organization is committed to non-violent resistance, they are willing to devote "everything in their power" to prevent construction from resuming near Standing Rock. She says, "They are going to kill us". "Meet us in Washington on March 10". Trapdoor Social, an activist-centered music group, has been part of the protection efforts, and they just recently released a music video titled "Never Stop Listening", chronicling not only their experiences within camp, but they also highlight the fight that has yet to come.

"At the end of the day, we have got to get out of limbo", Sen. "It's time to take responsibility and start fighting back".

"We can't risk another explosion like the one in Casselton or the one in Heimdal", one supporter, who asked to remain anonymous, told

"The tribe will challenge any easement decision on the grounds that the environmental impact statement was wrongfully terminated", Archambault said. After all, the public relations nightmare of US vets being hosed down, shot with rubber bullets and pepper-sprayed may be just the deterrent the government needs not to engage with the peaceful, non-violent Standing Rock protesters.

  • Zachary Reyes