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Council approves $50,000 to support Standing Rock Sioux


The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST), whose reservation encompasses portions of both North Dakota and South Dakota, is currently embroiled in a fight that has garnered national attention. SRST leaders and tribal members have set up an area, known as the Sacred Stone Camp, to protest the construction of the 1,200-mile Dakota Access Pipeline near the reservation by Energy Transfer Partners .

Over 100 federally-recognized American Indian tribes have already passed resolutions and proclamations of support for the SRST, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is the latest tribe to lend its support. During its Budget Council session on Tuesday, Sept. 6, Tribal Council passed a resolution, submitted by Vice Chief Richard G. Sneed, demonstrating the Tribe’s support of the SRST.

“This is an issue of tribal sovereignty, but it is also an issue of moderating a treaty, and more importantly, it’s an issue of water rights,” Vice Chief Sneed told Council on Tuesday. “Water is something that we tend to take for granted, especially here since we have some of the best water on the planet…where this pipeline is set to cross, just north of the reservation where it’s set to cross the Missouri River, when there is a break, that will pollute their only water source.”


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