|Pat Spears arrested with other Native Americans at the|
tarsands Keystone XL pipeline protest at the White House
in September. Photo Tarsands Action.
In Memory: Words of Pat Spears, Lakota
By Brenda Norrell
Wishing Pat Spears a good journey in the Spirit World.
Pat Spears, Lakota, before being arrested at the White House protesting Keystone XL pipeline in Sept, said, "“This is a matter of life and death, our way of life and our human rights should not be onthe altar of US energy policy,” said Spears, with Intertribal Council on Utility Policy, of South Dakota, who was focused on renewal energy sources. “The arrogant pollution from mining and pipelines for tar sands oil is totally unnecessary relative to meeting us oil needs. The building of this pipeline will result in the increase in the cost of oil and its exportation, from the Gulf Coast to other countries. This does not make good economic sense.”
Black Mesa Water Coalition
Pat Spears is one of the founders, and president of the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy. Through organizations like the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative, we at BMWC have gott...en to know Pat as an ally, friend, and leader on renewable energy in Indian Country. He will be remembered for his work with Tribes on wind power, renewable energy, climate change and fighting for Tribally owned and operated green renewable energy development. Our prayers go out to him on his journey and to his family and friends.
Indigenous Environmental Network