Press Releases

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Statement on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Decision to Not Grant Easement

Cannon Ball, N.D.— The department of the Army will not approve an easement that will allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe. The following statement was released by Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II. “Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not be granting the… Read more »

Tribes Ask International Human Rights Commission to Stop Violence Against Water Protectors at Standing Rock

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Yankton Sioux Tribe (the “Tribes”) announced today that they have requested the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights call on the United States to adopt precautionary measures to prevent irreparable harm to the Tribes, their members, and others resulting from the ongoing and imminent construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (“DAPL”), and from the harassment and violence being perpetrated against people gathered in prayer and protest in opposition to DAPL.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe issues proclamation in support of Oceti Sakowin camp safety

Calls on Obama to stop civil rights and law enforcement abuses Cannon Ball, N.D.— Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II today issued a proclamation in support of water protectors who face continued civil rights abuses and excessive use of force by law enforcement. “This week is the anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre.… Read more »

Press Release: Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman responds to Governor’s executive order

Chairman called on the Army Corps to reaffirm their position of no forcible removal Cannon Ball, N.D.—The following statement from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Chairman, Dave Archambault II, can be quoted in part or in full. “Today, Gov. Dalrymple issued an executive order calling for mandatory evacuation of all campers located on U.S. Army… Read more »

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman gives thanks

Cannon Ball, N.D. — The following statement from Standing Rock Sioux Chairman, Dave Archambault II, can be quote in full or in part. “As Lakota, we do our best to follow the teachings found in our language and culture. Wopila is our word for thanks, and it is important to practice gratitude in all our… Read more »

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman calls on President Obama to stop pipeline and violence

Doctors struggling to save water protector’s arm Cannon Ball, N.D. — The following statement from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Chairman, Dave Archambault II, can be quoted in part or in full. “Our deepest gratitude, thoughts and prayers are with water protector Sophia Wilansky and her family right now. She sustained severe injuries to her… Read more »

Press Release: Tribes call on President Obama to deny easement, investigate pipeline safety and protect tribal sovereignty

Under the cover of darkness, ETP and North Dakota try to hide law enforcement abuses CANNON BALL, N.D. — Under the cover of darkness, North Dakota law enforcement have leveraged tear gas and water cannons to force Native Americans and allied water protectors to submit to unlawful police tactics in the wake of a standing… Read more »