Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

January 5, 2015

Action across South Dakota to Protest Keystone Pipeline Jan. 6, 2015

Coalition of Grassroots Activists Take Action across South Dakota to Protest the Keystone XL Pipeline
Rapid City Protest: January 6:
Top of Main Street Square parking ramp, 7:45am MT

Sioux Falls Protest:
10th and Minnesota, 2:00pm CT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, January 5, 2015
Sabrina King, Dakota Rural Action Organizer
Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe member
Alice Alexandrescu, Dakota Rural Action member
Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network KXL Organizer

In lead-up to PUC and Congressional votes, coalition of grassroots activists take action across South Dakota to protest the Keystone XL pipeline

Pierre, SD, - A grassroots coalition of landowners, native leaders, and allied supporters are taking action across South Dakota this week to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and raise awareness of the unified opposition to the project. These actions will precede the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission meeting on and an US Congress KXL bill vote expected to take place

 on Friday.
This grassroots coalition is called NO KXL DAKOTA and is comprised of South Dakota ranchers, farmers, citizens of Lakota/Dakota nations, the Indigenous Environmental Network, Dakota Rural Action, and other South Dakotans. Many of these coalition members are among the 40 parties that have filed to intervene in Transcanada’s application for a Keystone XL South Dakota permit re-approval.

“One of the great things about South Dakotans is that we pride ourselves on common sense, and resiliency,” says Vermillion resident Alice Alexandrescu. “Both of these traits are dishonored by the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. We are turning away from hydrocarbons, the oil tycoons are growing desperate and they are trying to make us feel desperate too. We're smarter than that."

TransCanada filed for certification on September 15, 2014. The PUC will hear a motion to dismiss the application outright, filed on behalf of the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

“The movement to stop the Keystone pipeline is growing in South Dakota,” said Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe member and activist. “We will continue in our efforts to build resistance to this project knowing that we will succeed.”

Press coverage of No KXL Dakota protests:
The Indigenous Environmental Network  •  PO Box 485  •  Bemidji, MN 56619

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