Standing Rock Tribe’s Chairman David Archambault II statement on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decision to not grant easement.



“Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not be granting the easement to cross Lake Oahe for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. Instead, the Corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternative routes. We wholeheartedly support the decision of the administration and commend with the utmost gratitude the courage it took on the part of President Obama, the Army Corps, the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior to take steps to correct the course of history and to do the right thing.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all of Indian Country will be forever grateful to the Obama Administration for this historic decision.

We want to thank everyone who played a role in advocating for this cause. We thank the tribal youth who initiated this movement. We thank the millions of people around the globe who expressed support for our cause. We thank the thousands of people who came to the camps to support us, and the tens of thousands who donated time, talent, and money to our efforts to stand against this pipeline in the name of protecting our water. We especially thank all of the other tribal nations and jurisdictions who stood in solidarity with us, and we stand ready to stand with you if and when your people are in need.

Throughout this effort I have stressed the importance of acting at all times in a peaceful and prayerful manner – and that is how we will respond to this decision. With this decision we look forward to being able to return home and spend the winter with our families and loved ones, many of whom have sacrificed as well. We look forward to celebrating in wopila, in thanks, in the coming days.

We hope that Kelcey Warren, Governor Dalrymple, and the incoming Trump administration respect this decision and understand the complex process that led us to this point. When it comes to infrastructure development in Indian Country and with respect to treaty lands, we must strive to work together to reach decisions that reflect the multifaceted considerations of tribes.

Treaties are paramount law and must be respected, and we welcome dialogue on how to continue to honor that moving forward. We are not opposed to energy independence, economic development, or national security concerns but we must ensure that these decisions are made with the considerations of our Indigenous peoples.

To our local law enforcement, I hope that we can work together to heal our relationship as we all work to protect the lives and safety of our people. I recognize the extreme stress that the situation caused and look forward to a future that reflects more mutual understanding and respect.

Again, we are deeply appreciative that the Obama Administration took the time and effort to genuinely consider the broad spectrum of tribal concerns. In a system that has continuously been stacked against us from every angle, it took tremendous courage to take a new approach to our nation-to-nation relationship, and we will be forever grateful.”

11 Replies to “Standing Rock Tribe’s Chairman David Archambault II statement on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decision to not grant easement.”

  1. Did I miss something? Are you aware that 10,000 retired city employees are losing their health insurance on Dec. 31 because the rahmmonster says he can’t afford it. Yet he can afford so many other things like a boat house and a BB arena for DePaul among other things. I am very concerned about the issues at Standing Rock. But this travesty is closer to home and insanely hideous. A teacher friend said her father’s health care payments (retired cop)will exceed his entire pension as of Jan 1, 2017. Where are the demonstrators for this? Is it even mentioned in what is left of journalism in this city. Of course not.

    1. Yes, you missed something: The fact that I have been covering the issues with city retirees for years. But you are wrong to pit these two issues against each other and you are doing the work of Rahm and the corporations. Take it elsewhere.

      1. Yes, I know you have covered it this year. And no, I am not pitting it against Standing Rock. And I did gratefully notice you have two new posts about the loss of health insurance for retired city workers today. If you think I would ever “do the work of rahm and the corporations” you did not read my post nor did you notice previous posts by me. Which is unusual for someone like you, Fred. Why the ridiculous attack? Having a bad day?

      2. I suggest you go back and read what you wrote. It was you who brought up the coverage of Standing Rock in contrast to the health insurance issue. Why? And in reaction to a post by me. Who has covered the pension issue more than I have?

  2. Injustice is injustice no matter where it occurs. “Oh!, I have only so much caring so I have to ration it out judiciously for fear of running out.” People like Barb are easy marks for the divide and conquer strategy.

    1. Did you write this just to have something to say sig? You put something out that I did not write or imply so you get on the site? The only one dividing is you. You are the easy mark, sig, since you seem to like unfounded criticism over issues.

  3. I hope the pipeline is rerouted, but I think the decision by Obama should have been made a long time ago. First approving the route and waiting until they are almost complete to change policy was not the best way to handle this. Trump will be in office in a few weeks, and he will try to reverse the decision, and I don’t know if there is anything we can do to prevent it.

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