Washington tribes urge that Obama stop reroute Dakota Access Pipeline

first_imgTwenty-eight tribal leaders in Washington state have written President Obama insisting he stop and reroute the Dakota Access Pipeline after a night of violence in North Dakota in which police used fire hoses, rubber bullets and tear gas against pipeline protesters.Declaring their solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the tribal chairs wrote, “We support their call to deny the easement of the Dakota Access Pipeline and to reroute the pipeline away from tribal lands, waters and sacred places.”Tribal leaders also said they were outraged at the tactics used by police against demonstrators, especially fire hoses used to soak demonstrators in subfreezing weather.“Industry and their goons and their so-called peacekeepers are taking it to the next level,” said Brian Cladoosby, chairman of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. “I have seen in the last two days some very serious, almost crimes against humanity against citizens. They are going a step too far in enforcing the law.”In a report issued Monday, medical personnel at Standing Rock said 300 people were injured during the violence, including 26 people with more severe injuries taken to three area hospitals. The injuries included blunt-force trauma, eye injuries, internal bleeding and lacerations from rubber bullets and concussion grenades; hypothermia; loss of consciousness; grand mal seizures, and fractures, according to the medics.last_img read more