November 6th, 2016 Last Updated on: December 28th, 2016
More support for Standing Rock and #NoDAPL keeps pouring in. In a recent letter dated October 21st, 5 mayors in major cities across the United States have written a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to complete a full environmental review of the matter.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray had this to say:
“I've joined fellow mayors in calling on The White House to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline to complete a full environmental and cultural review. This is a matter of local importance because Seattle itself is located in the treaty territory of several tribes. We understand the need to protect tribal lands from damage, our air and water from fossil fuels, and our responsibility to respect indigineous peoples' sacred places. And so we stand with the Standing Rock Sioux as a matter of principle and policy in opposing a project that threatens their home. #NoDAPL”
Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski had this to say:
“Salt Lake City is home to several Native American peoples representing the Diné, Ute, Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute, and other tribes, which enhance the cultural diversity of the city,” said Mayor Jackie Biskupski. “It is important for us to recognize the connection all tribes share with one another, and respect the significance all Native Americans place on ancestral territory, even when they are thousands of miles away.”
Here is the full letter signed by the Mayors in Seattle, Los Angeles, Portland, Salt Lake City and Madison, WI
These are not the only cities that have stepped in to offer their support, just the latest to send a message to The White House. In an earlier post on October 13th from Indian Country Today they tallied up to 19 cities that have expressed their solidarity to the cause.
I am sure that number will keep growing!!
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