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It’s hard to discuss the Dakota Access Pipeline without also discussing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, who passionately protested the controversial oil pipeline unjustly being built on their land for years. Now, following a temporary shutdown of the pipeline, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is building a wind farm, so they can “leave a legacy on [their] native land” — and it will be a groundbreaking project in so many ways.
“We are proud to achieve another milestone in our quest to create a model for self-determination and economic development not only for our people but for all Native communities,” says Joseph McNeil Jr., General Manager of SAGE. “For our people and me, this project is a prayer. It allows us something to leave behind for future generations of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and reflects our cultural values by prioritizing people, land, and nature over profit.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is courting developers to help build a 235-MW wind farm within its borders.
The Native American nation has identified a site near Fort Yates, N.D., and built access roads in order to show progress so that it can capture equity from the federal production tax credit, said Joseph McNeil, general manager of the SAGE Development Authority, a public power authority the Standing Rock Sioux recently set up.
On August 25, The Bismarck Tribune published an article about SAGE Development Authority’s plan to develop the Anpetu Wi Wind Farm at Standing Rock and the crowdfunding efforts that will help bring this plan to fruition. “About 60 turbines are slated to dot the Porcupine Hills, a badlands-esque part of Sioux County between Fort Yates […]
SAGE general manager Joseph McNeil Jr. joined KX News “Town Hall” meeting this past Thursday, August 20, for a conversation on Race in the Dakotas. Retired Bismarck police chief Dan Donlin, community advocate Ernest Usher, and North Dakota Legislative Representative Ruth Buffalo were also participants. The meeting was a candid discussion on protests, stereotypes, and […]
On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, SAGE Development Authority General Manager Joseph McNeil Jr. participated in a live interview via Zoom with Helene D. Gayle CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, one of the nation’s leading community foundations. The Trust works with donors, nonprofits, community leaders and residents to lead and inspire philanthropic efforts that improve […]
The Anpetu Wi wind farm needs your support
Anpetu Wi (“morning light”) will be the single largest revenue source for Standing Rock, which we plan to reinvest into future projects and Standing Rock as a whole. We need your support to ensure this wind farm remains owned and operated by the people of Standing Rock for generations to come.
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$468,749 raised toward our goal
Funding for Anpetu Wi will be used to complete pre-development studies, operationalize the SAGE Development Authority management organization, and prepare for full project development in order to make the wind farm a reality for Standing Rock, as a critical step toward self-determination, now and into the future.