Statement by the Youth of the Standing Rock Tribe to the Future President

Dear Secretary Clinton,

We are the youth of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which has a long-established opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline Project. The pipeline is a direct threat to our lands, our sacred sites, our water, and our future.

Thousands of of Native Americans from more than 300 tribes spanning the continent have joined with us to stand against this violation of the tribe’s rights under federal laws and regulations. Twenty one city and county governments have also joined us to stand in opposition to this pipeline, and now we need a commitment from you.

We demand this pipeline be stopped. It is our land, it is our water, it is our future.

As we look into the coming days and months, we are prepared to continue to stand for the rights of our people and Mother Earth. As President Obama rejected the Keystone XL Pipeline, we urge the new President to be a leader and continue standing up for what is right by rejecting the Dakota Access Pipeline. The First 100 Days is a significant time for you to set the stage – are you with us?

Now is the time to prove your commitment to both strong climate action and Indigenous sovereignty. Silence is not acceptable, stand with us and oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline.

For our water and our future,
The Youth from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe