For Immediate Release
Standing Rock Chairman and Youth Join Hundreds in Washington DC for White House Tribal Nations Conference
WASHINGTON - On Monday, September 26th, 2016, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Chairman Dave Archambault II and members of the Standing Rock Youth Council will join President Obama, tribal leaders from across the country, and key federal officials for the 8th Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference (WHTNC). This event seeks to build upon the President’s commitment to improving the lives of American Indians and strengthening nation to nation relationships with Native Nations from across the US.
The Obama administration has temporarily blocked construction of the Dakota Access pipeline across Lake Oahe. Chairman Archambault and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are pushing for a much more thorough review process for this pipeline, including a full Environmental Impact Statement and meaningful tribal consultation.
Chairman Archambault stated, "Along with the ongoing review of this pipeline, the Administration has taken a major step forward by initiating consultation on nationwide reform on the protection of tribal interests regarding infrastructure projects. We will continue to advocate for the protection of our water, lands and sacred places, and the necessary respect as Indigenous Peoples."
This eighth and final conference for tribal leaders from the 567 federally recognized tribes is the last opportunity for tribal leaders to express their concerns and issues with the Obama administration. More than 300 Native Nations officially stand with Standing Rock, tribal resolutions, letters of support, or tribal delegations joining the camp.
Immediately following the conference and statements from President Obama, the Chairman, and Standing Rock youth will join National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby for a joint press opportunity. The Chairman will be available for comments.
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The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe stands by its right to self-government as a sovereign nation, which includes taking a government-to-government stance with the states and federal government entities. Having signed treaties as equals with the United States Government in 1851 and in 1868, which established the original boundaries of the Great Sioux Nation. The tribe staunchly asserts these treaty rights to remain steadfast and just as applicable today as on the day they were made.