Veterans For Peace stands in solidarity with the historic resistance at the Camp of the Sacred Stones in North Dakota. We join our Indigenous sisters and brothers in opposing the construction of an oil pipeline by the Dakota Access company that threatens drinking water and sacred burial grounds.
We acknowledge that the courageous stand of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and many allied tribes is being carried out by caretakers of the earth who are protecting and defending their ancestral lands and the water that runs through it for current and future generations.
The continued assault against the sacred land and water as well as the destruction and desecration of sacred sites is an atrocity and must be stopped. The United States must honor its treaties and recognize Indigenous rights.
We strongly condemn the violence being used against the resistance and believe it to be both a crime and a human rights abuse.
We consider the violation of Indigenous lands, culture and tradition to be another example of specific geographic regions — those typically home to vulnerable and marginalized populations — being deemed exploitable and expendable by our government and certain corporations. These are areas that VFP advisory board member and investigative journalist Chris Hedges has referred to as “sacrifice zones.”
Send emails … make calls in support of halting the Dakota Access Pipeline
Army Corps of Engineers http://www.usace.army.mil/
North Dakota Regulatory Office http://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory-Program/North-Dakota/
Governor: Jack Dalrymple http://www.governor.nd.gov/
Morton County Sheriff Dept http://www.co.morton.nd.us/index.asp?SEC=%7BF66ECC52-5D04-437C-B12D-21C09801849E%7D