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From: “Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II” <email@example.com>
Date: October 29, 2016 at 10:24:12 AM PDT
Subject: Thank you for signing the “Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline once and for all – #NoDAPL” petition
Thank you for signing my petition, Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline once and for all – #NoDAPL.
As of now, the petition has received 206613 signatures! To really make a difference, we need a lot more people to join in. Can you share this petition with all your friends?
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—Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II
Here’s a sample message to send to your friends:
I am the Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which has long opposed the Dakota Access Pipeline project. The pipeline presents a threat to our lands, our sacred sites, and our water.
Now, thousands of American Indians, from more than 300 tribes spanning the continent, have joined with us to stand against this violation of our tribe’s rights under federal laws and regulations. Twenty-one city and county governments have also joined us to stand in opposition to this pipeline.
We demand that construction of this pipeline be stopped before any further damage is done.
While we engage in the long legal process to curtail construction of the pipeline, Dakota Access is still poised to begin construction. Halting the construction was an unprecedented step in response to our powerful movement—and now President Obama must reject the pipeline’s permit outright.
Current and future generations depend on our rivers and aquifer to live. The Dakota Access pipeline jeopardizes the heath of our water and could affect our people, as well as countless communities who live downstream, as the pipeline would cross four states. The pipeline, as designed, would destroy ancient burial grounds, which is a violation of federal law.
On Saturday, September 5, Dakota Access bulldozed two miles of burial grounds. The company’s private security sicced dogs on and pepper-sprayed those who tried to protect the site. This company cannot be trusted. Urgent action is needed to prevent Dakota Access from continuing to violate federal laws.
Over the past year, I have spent a great deal of time addressing the Tribe’s concerns about this pipeline. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has failed to follow the law and has failed to consider the impacts of the pipeline on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and neighboring communities.
We demand to be heard, and we will continue to stand together for our nation and for all who live with and by the Missouri River, until justice is done.
That’s why I signed a petition to President Barack Obama, which says:
“Reject the Dakota Access Pipeline pipeline and declare this land a cultural district, eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, to ensure its protection.”
Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name: