Respect Our Water – Petition Against Pipeline – Supported By Leonardo DiCarprio

Posted By Charlie Ballard May 11th, 2016 Last Updated on: October 31st, 2016

A group of Native youth from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in Fort Yates, North Dakota, have put together a change.org petition to stop a private oil company from building a pipeline.  The line would cut threw one of their local rivers, potentially threatening the health of their community.


In their words:

I’m 13 years-old and as an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, I’ve lived my whole life by the Missouri River. It runs by my home in Fort Yates North Dakota and my great grandparents original home was along the Missouri River in Cannon Ball. The river is a crucial part of our lives here on the Standing Rock Reservation.

But now a private oil company wants to build a pipeline that would cross the Missouri River less than a mile away from the Standing Rock Reservation and if we don’t stop it, it will poison our river and threaten the health of my community when it leaks.

My friends and I have played in the river since we were little; my great grandparents raised chickens and horses along it. When the pipeline leaks, it will wipe out plants and animals, ruin our drinking water, and poison the center of community life for the Standing Rock Sioux.

In Dakota/Lakota we say “mni Wiconi.” Water is life. Native American people know that water is the first medicine not just for us, but for all human beings living on this earth.

The proposed Dakota Access Pipeline would transport 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day, across four states. Oil companies keep telling us that this is perfectly safe, but we’ve learned that that’s a lie: from 2012-2013 alone, there were 300 oil pipeline breaks in the state of North Dakota.

With such a high chance that this pipeline will leak, I can only guess that the oil industry keeps pushing for it because they don’t care about our health and safety. It’s like they think our lives are more expendable than others’.

So we, the Standing Rock Youth, are taking a stand to be the voice for our community, for our great grandparents, and for Mother Earth. Join us, and sign to ask the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Anna and the Standing Rock Youth”  .

The Standing Rock Youth have some great support from the entertainment industry!  Leonardo DiCarprio has tweeted in support of the tribe.

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Show your support as well, sign the petition!!

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Susan Hope Bower

In the gloom of the spirit of meanness and greed that just overtook our nation, I am uplifted by you young folks standing in the light of caring for community and creation: a light so needed all across this land.

Donna Macqueen

Has not enough destruction been done? Why not take water from a flood prone area and help to solve problems instead of creating them?

Deborah Exum

Respect Mother Earth, who nourishes your body.

Chris Young

Respect the water we can’t drink oil

Mary L Rizzon

already did………see above.

Mary L Rizzon

Why not leave nature alone……we are ruining this land with the rich’s greed!

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