Read: Legislators Write Letter to President Biden to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline
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.
“We encourage you to meet with members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other impacted tribes to better understand how the DAPL affects their lands, treaty rights, and environmental priorities.
By shutting down this illegal pipeline, you can continue to show your administration values the environment and the rights of Indigenous communities more than the profits of outdated fossil fuel industries,” the letter reads.
“This is a critical step towards righting the wrongs of the past and setting our nation on a path of environmental, climate, and social justice.”
To donate to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s ongoing fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline, please visit standingrock.org.
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