Keystone’s Legacy and #NoDAPL

A fascinating REUTERS story this morning explains the role of the Obama Administration in recent events related to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).  I wondered how three Federal agencies could come up with their statement and decision so quickly.  The response was obviously coordinated somehow, and this story talks about that.

President Obama did visit the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in 2014.

Brian Cladoosby, president of the National Congress of American Indians spoke to nearly a dozen of President Obama’s Cabinet-level advisers at a September 6 meeting of the White House’s three-year-old Native American Affairs Council. During the meeting he implored the administration to support the efforts to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.


Evidently there are internal disagreements in the administration about DAPL.   Some are critical of the Army Corps of Engineers’ conclusions about the environmental impact of the pipeline.

“This month’s win for the tribe, which could be reversed by regulators, is a rare instance of protests resulting in quick federal action and the triumph of an unusual alliance between environmentalists and Native Americans, who both say they were emboldened by the defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline last fall.” from the Reuters story

Those of us who spent years working on the Keystone Pledge of Resistance faced widespread criticism both within and outside the environmental movement for focusing our efforts on a single pipeline.  The strategic significance of that is becoming more and more apparent.  This is a good lesson about carefully choosing your battles, and #NoDAPL is the battle today.  I urge you to join the fight.


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