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“Some day the earth will weep, she will beg for her life, she will cry with tears of blood. You will make a choice, if you will help her or let her die, and when she dies, you too, will die.” John Hollow Horn, Oglala Lakota, 1932
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Archambault Addresses UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva, 20 Sept 2016, [American] Indian Law Resource Center:
Image from video. See 2 min video of speech: http://youtu.be/dW0d_WsuL0Y About the Indian Law Resource Center: http://youtu.be/YbNALv6FqUo
Via Common Dreams.org
“For Immediate Release
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 – 1:00pm
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Addresses UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva
Archambault says Dakota Access Pipeline violates human rights
CANNON BALL, North Dakota – Chairman Dave Archambault II of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe addressed members of the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland, today. Archambault told members of the UN commission that human rights have been violated by the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the actions of law enforcement.
“Thousands have gathered peacefully in Standing Rock in solidarity against the pipeline,” said Archambault. “And yet many water protectors have been threatened and even injured by the pipeline’s security officers. One child was bitten and injured by a guard dog. We stand in peace but have been met with violence.”
The UN Human Rights Commission heard testimony from the Tribe’s leader about the 1,168-mile pipeline that will transport more than a million gallons of Bakken oil every day through the water source of millions of people. The project, he notes, was approved without appropriate consultation with the Tribe.
“Our lives and our rights are threatened by Energy Transfer Partners,” said Archambault. “This company has shown total disregard for our rights and our sacred sites.”
On September 2, the Tribe filed a motion in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia for a halt to construction that would destroy the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s sacred sites, including graves. Included in the court filing were the locations of these sites. On the morning of September 10, before the court had made a ruling, the construction company for Dakota Access Pipeline bulldozed the sites.
While in Geneva, the Tribe will meet with individual UN ambassadors and participate in panel discussions about the rights of indigenous peoples.
“The world needs to know what is happening to the indigenous peoples of the United States,” said Archambault. “This pipeline violates our treaty rights and our human rights, and it violates the UN’s own Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. I hope the UN will use its influence and international platform to protect the rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.”
Standing Rock web site: http://standingrock.org
“Human Rights Council holds interactive dialogue on the rights of indigenous peoples
MIDDAY GENEVA (20 September 2016) – The Human Rights Council in a midday meeting held an interactive clustered dialogue with Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, and with Albert Kwokwo Barume, Chair of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Presenting her third annual report, Ms. Tauli-Corpuz said that closing the gap between the recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights at the international and national levels and the actual implementation on the ground remained her main preoccupation. Research had revealed an alarming and growing number of cases where foreign investment in the mining, oil and gas sectors was resulting in serious violations of indigenous peoples’ land, self-governance and cultural rights.
Indian Law Resource Centre, in a joint statement with Native American Rights Fund, denounced the plans of the oil companies and the United States Government, which did not respect the sovereignty of the Sioux nation and continued the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline which would pollute the river that they depended on and destroy sacred sites…” (Emphasis our own). See more at: http://web.archive.org/web/20160920204405/http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=20541&LangID=E
Even the US Atomic Licensing Board (ASLB) has pointed to NEPA-consultation failures (by the US NRC) for Powertech’s (now Azarga’s) Dewey Burdock uranium mining project, and for Cameco’s Crow Butte uranium mining expansion project. Both are Canadian mining companies, which jeapardize drinking water.
Uranium Mining near the Pine Ridge Reservation has already led to high levels of arsenic and radioactive alpha emitters in drinking water. See 8 min video “Crying Earth Rise Up” on the sacredness of water and contaminated water at the Pine Ridge American Indian Reservation: http://youtu.be/QE1kCjcrpqg
Dewey Burdock Case Ruling: http://adamswebsearch2.nrc.gov/webSearch2/view?AccessionNumber=ML15120A299
Cameco Crow Butte Case Ruling: http://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML1614/ML16147A587.pdf
See too: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/judge-permits-uranium-mining-near-grand-canyon-no-tribal-consult-no-environmental-update-appeal-expected/
Entire Chairman Dave Archambault II news release-update ca 20 Sept. 2016 (Click to enlarge)
See original here: http://standingrock.org/data/upfiles/media/Chairman%20Update.pdf