Tribes in U.S., Canada unite against Key­stone XL pipe­line

Cape Breton Post - - Business -

Tribes rep­re­sent­ing tens of thou­sands of indige­nous peo­ple in the U.S. and Canada will be sign­ing a dec­la­ra­tion against the planned Key­stone XL oil pipe­line.

Lead­ers of the Black­foot Con­fed­er­acy in Canada and the Great Sioux Na­tion and Ponca tribe in the U.S. plan to sign their dec­la­ra­tion at a cer­e­mony Wed­nes­day at the Glen­bow Mu­seum in Cal­gary, the city where pipe­line de­vel­oper Tran­sCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) is based.

“There is a his­toric union be­tween first Amer­i­cans in Canada and Na­tive Amer­i­cans in the United States,” said Casey Camp-Horinek, a coun­cil­woman with the Ponca tribe in Ok­la­homa.

“Long be­fore a bor­der ever ex­isted on a map, a fic­ti­tious line on a map, we were a united peo­ples in our ap­proach to care of Mother Earth.”

The 16-page dec­la­ra­tion high­lights the tribes’ treaty rights and their op­po­si­tion to the pro­posed US$8-bil­lion pipe­line, which would move Cana­dian crude south to Ne­braska, where the pipe­line would con­nect with an ex­ist­ing Key­stone pipe­line net­work that would take the oil to Texas Gulf Coast re­finer­ies.

“Greed knows no lim­its, and those in the way are sim­ply col­lat­eral dam­age to cor­po­rate profits,” said Bran­don Sazue, chair­man of the Crow Creek Sioux in South Dakota and one of the lead­ers of the event.

Tran­sCanada, which has both a Na­tive Amer­i­can Re­la­tions Pol­icy and an Abo­rig­i­nal Re­la­tions Pol­icy, main­tains the pipe­line will be en­vi­ron­men­tally safe and will cre­ate jobs and boost the econ­omy.

“We un­der­stand and re­spect that there are some who might have dif­fer­ent views about this project,” spokes­woman Jac­que­lynn Ben­son said.

AP PHOTO/MANUEL BALCE CENETA

Na­tive groups and their sup­port­ers march to­ward the White House in Wash­ing­ton last Fri­day to rally against con­tin­ued con­struc­tion of the dis­puted Dakota Ac­cess pipe­line.

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