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Oglala Sioux Put Keystone XL Opposition on Their Homepage

November 4, 2011

More from South Dakota: the Oglala Sioux Nation has posted a statement on their homepage about tribal Vice President Tom Poor Bear’s activism against Keystone XL, including being removed from an Obama event in Denver for expressing his opinion on KXL.  In Poor Bear’s words:

I feel that the United States of America should fulfill their obligation to the Treaty Tribes of the territory of the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie Treaties, and also their obligation to us as the true owners of this territory.  President Obama must honor these treaties.  We just want Obama to respect Mother, the Earth.  We just want Obama to respect our water, which is life – and to respect our future generations.  We ask all indigenous people to join us in our plight to oppose the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline.  We feel that Obama, in his position as President of the United States, should look at this issue very seriously because he also purports to represent us as indigenous peoples.  So we are asking all indigenous peoples and Treaty Nations, as well as all other peoples who also respect our Mother, the Earth, to join our opposition and stop the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline.  Through a unified effort, we will accomplish this task.  As our great leader of our ancestral days, Crazy Horse, once said:  “You cannot sell the land your people are buried on.”  I believe today he would say: “You cannot desecrate the land your people are buried on.”

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