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.
“Vetoing KXL, Obama is showing that he’s listened to the Oceti Sakowin – Seven Council Fires of the Dakota, Nakota, Lakota Nations and all people resisting the pipeline. But the fight is not over. We need an outright REJECTION of the KXL permit. That would be the final nail in the coffin for Keystone XL. We stand united with Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island who are fighting against tar sands development and infrastructure, from northern Alberta to the Great Plains to the Gulf. We will see this fight through to the end”
In response to comments released today by the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the State Department’s Final Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL pipeline, Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, released the following statement:
Groups from around the world  today joined together to denounce the US government for allowing the first genetically engineered tree, a loblolly pine, to be legalized with no government or public oversight, with no assessment of their risks to the public or the environment, and without regard to overwhelming public opposition to GE trees.