9/20/16: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II addresses the UN in Geneva, Switzerland to build international opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the reservation: “Thousands have gathered peacefully in Standing Rock in solidarity against the pipeline,” said Archambault. “And yet many water protectors have been threatened and even injured by the pipeline’s security officers. One child was bitten and injured by a guard dog. We stand in peace but have been met with violence.”
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9/21/16: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe takes #NODAPL fight to the United Nations: “Dakota Access wants to build an oil pipeline under the river that is the source of our nation’s drinking water,” Archambault said. “This pipeline threatens our communities, the river and the earth. Our nation is working to protect our waters and our sacred places for the benefit of our children not yet born.”
Archambault and other tribal leaders are in Geneva for the next two days to meet with U.N. ambassadors and take part in panel discussions about the rights of indigenous peoples.
Archambault formally invited United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz to visit the reservation and “witness for yourself the urgent situation and threats we are facing so that you are able to make informed recommendations to the United States about how to resolve this situation in a way that respects our rights as indigenous peoples.”