First Na­tions to fight against Key­stone XL

Lethbridge Herald - - HEADLINE NEWS - Ian Bickis THE CANA­DIAN PRESS — CAL­GARY

Acoali­tion of abo­rig­i­nal groups from Canada and the U.S. has signed a dec­la­ra­tion against the Key­stone XL pipe­line, vow­ing to use the courts and what­ever other means nec­es­sary to block the con­tro­ver­sial project.

At a sign­ing cer­e­mony in Cal­gary Wed­nes­day, lead­ers of the Black­foot Con­fed­er­acy and Great Sioux Na­tion rep­re­sent­ing tribes in both coun­tries called for more di­a­logue and con­sul­ta­tions on the project, which would run through their tra­di­tional lands.

“It’s our re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect, and get in­volved, ad­vo­cate and pre­vent this type of threat from cross­ing tra­di­tional Black­foot lands,” said Chief Stan­ley Charles Grier of the Pi­ikani na­tion at the cer­e­mony.

Chair­man Bran­don Sazue of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in South Dakota said they hope to use the “right way” of op­pos­ing the pipe­line, in­clud­ing the courts and ne­go­ti­a­tions, but as a last means he and oth­ers are pre­pared to protest like they did against the Dakota Ac­cess Pipe­line.

Coun­cil­woman Casey Camp-Horinek of the Ponca Na­tion of Ok­la­homa, who was ar­rested at the Dakota Ac­cess protests along­side Sazue, said she’s also ready to protest again.

“We are hop­ing to find a peace­ful res­o­lu­tion,” said Camp-Horinek, “but all of us un­der­stand that if it’s nec­es­sary for us to cre­ate a camp again, and to stand in op­po­si­tion, we’ll do that.”

She said she’s op­posed to the pipe­line be­cause it and other re­source ex­trac­tion and devel­op­ment projects have threat­ened her peo­ple.

Ear­lier this year, U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­vived the pipe­line pro­posed by Tran­sCanada Corp. when he granted it a pres­i­den­tial per­mit, re­vers­ing Barack Obama’s re­jec­tion in 2015.

Tran­sCanada main­tains the US$8bil­lion pipe­line will be en­vi­ron­men­tally safe cre­ate jobs, and boost the econ­omy.

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