NHBP Stands in Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipe
Fulton, Mich. – In a gesture of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST), the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP) approved a resolution today expressing its strong support for the Standing Rock Tribe in its opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The resolution also clearly outlines NHBP’s belief that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other authorities with responsibility for permitting the DAPL, failed to properly consult with and consider impacts on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and its people, in violation of environmental justice requirements and consultation requirements under federal law.
“We believe that the pipeline, which would cross the Missouri and Cannonball Rivers, poses an unacceptable serious risk to Standing Rock’s waters as well as ancestral lands of cultural significance including burial grounds and sacred sites critical to their homeland,” said NHBP Tribal Chair Jamie Stuck.
“Unfortunately, NHBP has first-hand experience dealing with the risks associated with oil-transporting pipelines. We are still dealing with the aftereffects of the more than a million gallons of tar sands oil discharged into the Kalamazoo River when the Enbridge Line 6b failed,” Stuck said. “That spill caused severe damage to the river and the natural resources it supports. Despite the significant restoration efforts that have occurred since that spill, we will continue to deal with the damage inflicted on our precious natural resources for many more generations. We do not want to see a similar tragedy occur anywhere on Mother Earth. We proudly stand with the Standing Rock Tribe as they work to protect the natural resources that are so vitally important to the sustainability of not only their Tribe, but all of the Great Plains Tribes and Nations who rely on these rivers as their main source of drinkable water.”
NHBP recently sent a team of Tribal representatives to the Sacred Stone Camp, Camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota where thousands are encamped to support SRST’s opposition to the pipeline. The team delivered donations of camping gear and food staples such as flour, sugar, canned goods and produce. Culinary staff members from FireKeepers Casino Hotel, which is owned by NHBP, also recently traveled to the Sacred Stone camp with a truckload of more than 2 tons of food, water and cooking supplies to assist in feeding the protectors camped out in the remote area.
“Tribes often differ over one issue or another, but there are some issues, especially in regards to our culture, traditions and natural resources, that bring us together,” said Tribal Elder Dale Anderson, who was part of the team who traveled to North Dakota. “By joining the protectors, we let the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe know they do not stand alone. This is not just a Native issue; this is a human race issue. Water is life. Natural resources are more important than the almighty dollar.”
About The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the PotawatomiThere are nearly 1,200 Tribal Members. The Nottawaseppi’s primary Indian Health and Bureau of Indians Affairs Service Area covers members in Allegan, Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, Kent and Ottawa counties. The Tribe’s administrative office is located at the Pine Creek Reservation in Athens Township, with a satellite office in Grand Rapids, Mich. to better serve Members. For more information visit: http://www.nhbpi.com