Target: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
Goal: Support consideration of aboriginal rights in important pipeline decision
The Keystone XL Pipeline angered many environmentalists who were concerned that the structure could destroy habitats, pollute waters, and drive away animals. Another concern has been brought up and supported by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. She is worried that the aboriginal people will have their rights violated, since they often live off of the land and greatly depend on clean resources. Praise this woman for speaking out and supporting the rights of Native Americans, especially since the U.S. has a long history of ignoring the voices of these groups of people.
As environmentalists fought against the Keystone XL Pipeline, a South Dakota tribal leader said that the creation of the pipeline would incite war. The pipeline would break a land treaty made between the Sioux tribe and the United States. What is also concerning is the United States never consulted the Sioux tribe on the pipeline. Again the United States ignored what Native Americans had to say. Jewell recognized the anger and resentment. She assured the aboriginal peoples that their voices would be heard, and even stated that these people know the lands better than any government official.
Native Americans have voiced their outrage and concern about the Keystone Pipeline, but many news outlets have not published their words. It is peculiar, since Native Americans tend to rely on the land more than the average American. These people have a strong dependence and reverence for the land they live on. The creation of this pipeline will drastically harm their way of life, and Americans need to realize that animals aren’t the only ones in danger, humans are as well. Secretary Sally Jewell should be praised for bringing attention to this issue, and you can do so by signing this petition.
Dear Secretary Jewell,
It saddens me that news outlets paid little attention to the Native American people when concern was brought up about the Keystone XL pipeline. Instead a lot of the focus was brought to environmentalists and animal welfare activists. I do not mean to discredit their work, indeed their contribution is invaluable. However I am saddened that the Native American people were not brought up, as these people heavily rely on the land for their survival. Unlike many Americans they have a deeper and better understanding of the land than we do.
I am writing this letter to praise you for supporting Native Americans. Their voices need to be heard and their treaties need to be acknowledged. The United States has a long and dark history of disregarding treaties with Native Americans. This mistake should not be repeated in our modern day society.
[Your Name Here]
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