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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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On January 24, 2021, The New York Times published an opinion piece by Jodi Archambault, Hunkpapa and Oglala Lakota, about the harrowing effect that Coronavirus has taken on Native communities.

The opinion piece focuses on the threat that the pandemic – and its death toll – poses to the progress that Standing Rock has made toward the revitalization of Lakota and Dakota languages.

Ms. Archambault writes that “as Covid-19 takes a fearsome toll on our people, it also threatens the progress we have made to save our languages. The average age of our speakers — our treasured elders who have the greatest knowledge and depth of the language — is 70. They are also those who are at most risk of dying from Covid-19.”

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