Indian Country 52 #19 – Run for your Life
“A youth relay run to raise awareness about oil pipeline dangers was one of several key events during the last week of April 2016 generated by the threat of more toxic spills in Nebraska, North and South Dakota.
The 500-mile run through Lakota Territory focused attention on the Dakota Access Pipeline, also known as the Bakken Pipeline. Houston-based Energy Transfer Partners and Phillips 66 want the line to carry Bakken crude oil from the Ft. Berthold Indian Reservation 1,168- miles across 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty territory in North and South Dakota, through Sac and Fox land and former claims of the Iowa Tribe in Iowa, to Illinois, according to a 2-year-old proposal.”
– Native Sun News Today, Fracking, pipelines spur actions in Lakota Territory states.
“In solidarity with the ongoing fight against the Dakota Access pipeline, a group of Native and Non-native youth have organized a 500-mile spiritual relay run from Cannonball, ND to the district office of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Omaha, NE. The run is titled “Run For Your Life: No DAPL.” It departed the Cannonball community on April 24th, 2016 and plans to arrive in Omaha on May 3rd, 2016. The intention of the run is to deliver an unified statement to the USACE in resistance to the oil pipeline that proposed to cross beneath sacred water needed for life. The runners will will also turn over a petition calling for a full EIS to be conducted on the Bakken pipeline.
The running group is currently in Lake Andes, SD and plans for one day of rest, departing for Santee, NE on Thursday, April 28th.The participating runners are comprised of concerned citizens from across North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.
For the past several months, Native and non-Native peoples in the Midwest have been battling the construction of the Dakota Access/Bakken pipeline, a project that will go from North Dakota into South Dakota, Iowa and southern Illinois. If constructed, this large-scale pipeline will cross the 12,000 year-old Missouri River, one of the largest water resources in the United States that supports millions of people with drinking and irrigation water. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has stated that they will make the final decision on Dakota Access, LLC’s final permit needed to construct the Dakota Access/Bakken Pipeline no later than May 6th, 2016.”
– Indigenous Rising, Lakota Youth Running 500 Miles In Opposition of Dakota Access Pipeline.
Download the 18″x24″ poster (.pdf), Indian Country 52 #19 – Run for your Life.
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