Representatives from the Snoqualmie Tribal Council, and more than 20 tribe members are going to North Dakota to support the Standing Rock Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight against development on sacred land.
They will travel to Cannonball, N.D., where the Sioux tribe has staged opposition to the pipeline.
“It is necessary for the Snoqualmie Tribe to support Standing Rock’s fight,” said Councilman Steve De Los Angeles of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe. “Sacred places, tribal lands, water and natural resources are of utmost importance to tribes and native peoples everywhere.”
Members will deliver supplies to protesters at the camp, and the Tribe will make a $15,000 donation to the protest.
“Like the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, our tribe’s most sacred site, the Snoqualmie Falls, is endangered by destructive development,” said De Los Angeles. “We hope that tribal rights are honored and respected in situations where tribal lands, and especially sacred places, are involved.”
If constructed, the Dakota Access Pipeline would transport thousands of barrels of oil across tribal lands and waters. The Department of Justice, the Army, and the Interior Department jointly announced that construction would be paused on the pipeline near North Dakota’s Lake Oahe.
For more information on the Snoqualmie Tribe, visit www.snoqualmietribe.us.