The Keystone XL pipeline is back in the news. Wednesday, July 11, the Cheyenne Sioux River Nation in South Dakota received the following letter from TransCanada.The Cheyenne River tribe has opposed the Keystone pipeline since it was first proposed in 2008. The tribe’s land in central South Dakota is just south of Standing Rock. The Cheyenne River tribe supported the water protectors at Standing Rock who opposed the Dakota Access pipeline, and is concerned that similar efforts will be needed to resist the Keystone XL pipeline that is planned to cross the Cheyenne River just upstream of the tribe’s land.
Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier responded: “We will be waiting.”
Remi Bald Eagle, intergovernmental affairs coordinator for the Cheyenne River tribe, said “I can’t speak about what is going to happen—obviously different groups have different ideas about what they are going to do—but the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is fully prepared to support any of its tribal members in any of their efforts to resist the pipeline.”