Brenda Norrell has posted a request for a tiny house for the legal team at Standing Rock to use as an office this winter. The legal team supports the Standing Rock Sioux protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
The pipeline was originally supposed to cross the Missouri River near Bismarck, but it was moved over concerns that an oil spill at that location would have wrecked the state capital’s drinking water. As a result, the pipeline was shifted to a crossing half a mile from the reservation. The Standing Rock Sioux opposes the pipeline’s construction near their reservation on the grounds that it threatens their public health and welfare, water supply and cultural resources.
The Standing Rock Sioux maintains that the government did not properly consult with them prior to shifting the pipeline’s route, and that the new crossing would entail destruction of sacred spots and old burial grounds.
The Standing Rock Sioux’s tribal council has voted to make tribal land available for those protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline, though an organizer from another tribe says many likely won’t move.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault says the protesters will move to the Standing Rock reservation so that permanent structures can be built to protect protesters from winter weather.
The reservation is only two miles south of the current camp, but it’s on Army Corps property.
Even though Protesters do not have a federal permit to be on that land, the Corps said it wouldn’t evict them because of free speech reasons.
Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. If you have a tiny house to donate, contact her at email@example.com