Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Files For Emergency Restraining Order After Burial Sites Destroyed
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed an emergency motion Sunday for a temporary restraining order “to prevent further destruction of the tribe’s sacred sites by Dakota Access Pipeline,” it said.
“On Saturday, Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy Transfer Partners brazenly used bulldozers to destroy our burial sites, prayer sites and culturally significant artifacts,” Tribal Chairman David Archambault II said.
They did this on a holiday weekend, one day after we filed court papers identifying these sacred sites. The desecration of these ancient places has already caused the Standing Rock Sioux irreparable harm. We’re asking the court to halt this path of destruction.”
The tribe wants to halt further construction on an area 2 miles west of North Dakota Highway 1806, near Lake Oahe, until a judge rules on its previous motion to stop construction, the tribe said.
That motion is based on the plaintiffs’ claim that it was not properly consulted before the US Army Corps of Engineers approved the pipeline project, which would run from North Dakota to South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.
As of now there are thousands protesting in unity with The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. More than 200 tribes have gathered to support the Sioux’s protest to protect their land and water. The judge is expected to make a decision on Friday, until then we have to hope that the situation stays peaceful.
Over the holiday weekend protests turned violent, blame is being put on both sides at this time. The tribe leaders have stated that this is their land, they filed the proper paperwork to protect the burial sites that were being bulldozed over the weekend. The energy company says that the Tribe members were in the wrong by “jumping” the fence and attacking security.