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On Feb. 5, 2021, Senator Jeff Merkley, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Raúl Grijalva, Rep. Raul Ruiz and Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán wrote to President Biden asking his administration to put people over polluters and shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline while it undergoes a court-mandated environmental review.

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On Monday, February 1, SAGE general manager Joseph McNeil, Jr. joined Doug Hamilton on Prairie Public News’ Main Street program to discuss the development of the Anpetu Wi wind farm at Standing Rock.

“What makes this project really great is that the location we’ve selected here is roughly 45-55% wind capacity, which means that these turbines are going to be blowing 50% of the day during a 24 hour period,” McNeil said.

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Illustrator Michaela Goade became the first Native American to win the prestigious Randolph Caldecott Medal for best children’s picture story, cited for “We Are Water Protectors,” a celebration of nature and condemnation of the “black snake” Dakota Access Pipeline.

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“It is very encouraging to read the directive from President Biden in reference to E.O. 13175,” said Joseph McNeil, Jr., Standing Rock Sioux Tribal member and former Tribal Council member. “It reignites the effort started more than 20 years ago and we hope to see some real changes when consulting with tribes.”

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On February 1, 2021, SAGE General Manager Joseph McNeil, Jr. will give tribute on behalf of his father, Joseph McNeil, at North Carolina A&T University’s 61st anniversary celebration of a courageous act of unity that changed America.

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