Contrary To Claims, Standing Rock Tribal Elder Opposed DAPL In 2014: ‘I Will Never Submit To Any Pipeline’

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Jan. 3 2018, Updated 2:55 p.m. ET

Contrary to false statements abounding on social media, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe asserted their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline that was slated to run through unceded Sioux land more than two years ago. In 2014, the tribal council and Energy Transfer Company, which is building the Dakota Access Pipeline, actually met in person at a meeting, at which point members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe presented all of their concerns about the pipeline. They strongly opposed it from the start. More than just opposing it, their rights to the land were asserted as well.

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Standing Rock tribal elder Phyllis Young opposed the pipeline way back in September of 2014 at the meeting, AM970‘s Mike McFeely wrote. Young’s opposition was made abundantly clear and can be heard in the audio recording from the meeting that took place over two years ago.

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“We will put forward our young people, our young lawyers, who understand the weasel words, now, of the English language, who know that one word can mean seven things. We understand the forked tongue that our grandfathers talked about. We know about talking out of both sides of your mouth, smiling with one side of your face. We know all the tricks of the wasichu world. Our young people have mastered it. I have mastered your language. I can speak eloquently in the English language my grandmother taught me. I also have the collective memory of the damages that have occurred to my people. And I will never submit to any pipeline to go through my homeland.”

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Jim Fuglie, a former North Dakota Tourism Director, who is among the most prominent bloggers in Bismark, explained that the “most consistent argument made by North Dakota regulators and the owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline against the protest actions of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies is that the Tribe entered the pipeline approval process too late.”

Fuglie wrote that in November, Energy Transfer Partners’ CEO Kelcy Warren told reporters, “I really wish, for the Standing Rock Sioux, that they had engaged in discussions way before they did. I don’t think we would have been having this discussion if they did. We could have changed the route. It could have been done, but it’s too late.”

In an earlier article about how fake news is affecting Americans perceptions of the pipeline protests and the water protectors, the Inquisitr reported that Joye Braun of the Indigenous Environmental Network said, “We have never ceded this land. If Dakota Access Pipeline can go through and claim eminent domain on landowners and Native peoples on their own land, then we as sovereign nations can then declare eminent domain on our own aboriginal homeland,” according toReuters.

Water protectors have consistently pointed out that the pipeline will cut across unceded Sioux land delimited by the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie and another treaty from 1868 in which the Sioux agreed to keep the area for hunting, but to also keep it undeveloped.

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