Tribes and grassroots leaders are upset over the decision to exclude aboriginal rights and off-reservation rights from the discussion on the whether the Keystone XL pipeline permit should be granted recertification. The nine tribal nations of South Dakota all stand in resistance to the proposed tar sands pipeline. Four tribes and a number of organizations and individuals are intervenors the certification case. Many of the concerns these intervenors have against KXL are based upon legitimate treaty and aboriginal rights, rights acknowledged by international law, federal and state policy, and rights now excluded from the being heard.
This morning youth of the Oceti Sakowin released and delivered a video to President Obama asking him to uphold his commitment to Indigenous youth and to reject Keystone XL. The video, supported by Indigenous Environmental Network, Energy Action Coalition and NO KXL Dakota will be delivered to top tribal representatives in the White House administration.