Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Support Native American communities in their protests against the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline
Native American communities have voiced their opposition to the building of TransCanada’s Keystone XL Pipeline. Members of seven Lakota nation tribes and Native American groups in Idaho, Oklahoma, Montana, Nebraska and Oregon have been preparing their resistance to stop the construction of this giant oil pipeline. Keystone XL, which the groups call the “black snake,” is proposed to cross the Canadian border at Morgan, Montana, and carry oil to Steel City, Nebraska. It will pump 830,000 barrels of oil per day from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada. The pipeline comes extremely close to crossing Lakota reservation land, and it crosses through their treaty territory, sacred sites and waterways.
Native American groups stated that the pipeline poses a threat to their sacred water. The Lakota Nation is already preparing to stop the pipeline if it eventually receives a construction permit. They have started projects and programs to train people in Native American communities in using non-violent direct action against the building of the pipeline. They plan on using blockade tactics to stop the pipeline’s construction.
President Obama said he would not authorize the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline if it would release more carbon dioxide emissions. The building of the pipeline will result in massive carbon pollution. Oil from the tar sands creates 17 percent more carbon than traditional crude oil.
By signing the petition below, you are supporting the efforts of the Lakota Nation and other Native American communities to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline, which violates their treaty rights.
Dear President Obama,
I support the Lakota Nation in their efforts to stop the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The pipeline is proposed to cross through their treaty territory, sacred sites and waterways. The pipeline, which they call the “black snake,” will pose a threat to their sacred water. They possess land-based lifestyles, and the pipeline will be hazardous and toxic to their environment and their health.
You said that you would not approve the construction of the pipeline if it would increase carbon emissions. Tar sands oil produces 17 percent more carbon than traditional crude oil. Many Native American communities are aligning with the Lakota Nation to prevent the building of the Keystone XL Pipeline. I urge you to honor their treaty rights and protect their land by putting an end to the construction of the pipeline.
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