Fort Yates, N.D. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe applauds the publication of the Notice of Intent to require an Environmental Impact Statement in the Federal Register today. We appreciate the time and effort it took to get us to this point; yet another small victory on the path to justice. We commend Jo Ellen Darcy for her leadership and decision to require the EIS, and are thankful to both our supporters and the many government workers who it took to bring us to this point today. This continues to be historic.
The notice issued today opens the public scoping phase and invites anyone interested to help them to identify potential issues, concerns, and reasonable alternatives that should be considered in an EIS. The Tribe is encouraged that the Department of the Army has made a firm commitment in the notice to evaluate the impacts of the pipeline crossing at Lake Oahe to the Tribe’s treaty rights and water rights, and to explore alternative routes.
It is, however, still not over. We still need your support. While the EIS is exactly what we called for, the final product must be stronger and more broad in scope. Rightfully, it should include at the very least the territory of the entire Great Sioux Nation, and not just Lake Oahe and the northern boundary of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Reservation. We understand that the process is just starting and we anticipate working closely with the Army as this process moves forward.
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