Stop TransCanada’s Assault on Native American Sovereignty

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Target: Head of Bureau of Indian Affairs, Kevin Washburn

Goal: Do not allow TransCanada to bulldoze Native American burial grounds and other sacred sites.

TransCanada has begun to seize and clear land from Texas to Oklahoma in order to build the southern portion of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline despite Native American tribes’ concerns about the protection of their sacred tribal sites. If the tribes receive legal support to retain sovereignty of their land and their sacred sites, there is a chance the construction of the pipeline could be blocked altogether.

Currently, the Keystone XL Pipeline is planned to bisect Oklahoma right where a sacred site is located between the Sac and Fox Nations, two of 38 tribes in the state that retain sovereignty over their own land and affairs. Tribal leaders have spoken out against the pipeline, concerned that the construction would disturb sacred graves and other important sites. The Bureau of Indian Affairs even held a listening session in Oklahoma recently to discuss the protection of these sacred tribal sites.

The Washington Post recently ran an article highlighting TransCanada’s assault on Native American sovereignty of lands throughout Oklahoma. By claiming that they have “no legal obligation to work with the tribes,” the Canadian corporation is arrogantly ignoring historic treaties affirming tribal authority over sovereign lands as well as the most recent National Historical Preservation Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990.

Sign the petition below to make sure the Bureau of Indian Affairs knows that it is unacceptable to allow a Canadian oil company to violate the sovereignty of Native American tribes’ lands and sacred sites.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Mr. Kevin Washburn,

I am writing to urge you to stop TransCanada’s attacks on Native American tribal land sovereignty. As the Canadian company blazes ahead to build their already controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, tribal leaders are speaking out against further construction, concerned that it would disturb and damage sacred burial grounds.

Currently, the Keystone XL Pipeline is planned to bisect Oklahoma right where a sacred site is located between the Sac and Fox Nations. By claiming that they have “no legal obligation to work with the tribes,” TransCanada is arrogantly ignoring historic treaties affirming tribal authority over sovereign lands as well as the most recent National Historical Preservation Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990.

It is unacceptable to allow a Canadian oil company to violate the sovereignty of Native American tribes’ lands and sacred sites. Please keep your promises to Native American tribes and stop any further assaults from TransCanada.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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