November 18, 2014
(TheAntiMedia) A few days ago, the House of Representatives approved a bill allowing for construction of the Keystone Pipeline, sponsored by Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.
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Now, only the senate and president have to approve the bill for this massive corporation to have full permission to steal land from Native American tribes, farmers, ranchers and countless other Americans to build the pipeline. This theft will take place under eminent domain laws, which is why the government is so heavily involved in this process. A judge has already rebuked Nebraska governor John Heineman’s attempt to fast track the pipeline’s route through private and Native American lands. Natives are firstly concerned because their land will literally be stolen from them by the government and handed over to a Big Oil corporation, and secondly because it could easily malfunction and end up polluting large amounts of land and water.
The politicians in power over the corporation’s permission to build this are putting words in the mouths of the American people.
To be exact, John Boehner said it was “time for Obama to listen to the American people” and not stand in the way of the pipeline’s construction. Among the many things absolutely wrong about this statement, Barack Obama probably does not care about opposing this, and the American people did not vote to approve this pipeline. However, many Americans and Native Americans vehemently opposed this project while the people in power have ignored them.
Bill Cassidy, the face for the bill to approve the pipeline, also put words in the mouths of the American people; disrespectfully and inaccurately saying “This will make it easier for the Senate to do right by the American people and finally vote on building the pipeline.”
Among the opposition for the pipeline, the Rosebud Sioux Tribal President of South Carolina declared that his tribe considers the continued efforts to approve the Keystone pipeline for the TransCanada Corporation as an act of war. The intense effort by politicians to make sure the corporation has it’s way is an intense effort to allow TransCanada to steal land from tribes like this one.
The Department of Interior and the Department of State were presented with concerns from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe about their land being taken, and they were completely ignored.
The tribe’s president said,
“The House has now signed our death warrants and the death warrants of our children and grandchildren. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe will not allow this pipeline through our lands,”
“We are outraged at the lack of intergovernmental cooperation. We are a sovereign nation and we are not being treated as such. We will close our reservation borders to Keystone XL. Authorizing Keystone XL is an act of war against our people.”
In February, the tribe and other Sioux Nation members adopted tribal resolutions to oppose the pipeline and stand up for the only land they have left.
“The Lakota people have always been stewards of this land,” the tribal president continued. “We feel it is imperative that we provide safe and responsible alternative energy resources not only to Tribal members but to non-Tribal members as well. We need to stop focusing and investing in risky fossil fuel projects like TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline. We need to start remembering that the earth is our mother and stop polluting her and start taking steps to preserve the land, water, and our grandchildren’s future.”
An article from The Lakota Voice says “The proposed route of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline crosses directly through Great Sioux Nation (Oceti Sakowin) Treaty lands as defined by both the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie Treaties and within the current exterior boundaries of the Rosebud Sioux Reservation and Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.”
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