The Standing Rock Sioux Are Fighting For Their Lives. Here's How You Can Help.

We all need water to live. We cannot drink oil.
Hundreds of protestors have gathered on the banks of the Cannon Ball River to stop construction of the Energy Transfer Partne
Hundreds of protestors have gathered on the banks of the Cannon Ball River to stop construction of the Energy Transfer Partners' Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S.. September 7, 2016.

One of the most important actions of our time is taking place right now. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and thousands of Native and non-Native allies are peacefully camping near the junction of the Cannonball and Missouri Rivers to protect the water from contamination. These are the waters that the Tribe relies on for its water supply. Water is life. Water is sacred. This is a non-violent gathering to pray and to stand up for life named the Camp of the Sacred Stones.

But construction has already begun on the Dakota Access Pipeline, meant to carry fracked crude oil from the Bakken plains through North and South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois where it will be refined. The plan is for the pipeline to go underneath the river, despite the risk that creates for the tribe and for millions of others who rely on the Missouri for water. As the tribal spokespeople remind us:

Oil pipelines break, spill and leak—it’s not a question of if, it’s a question of where and when. The Army Corps of Engineers never took a hard look at the impacts of an oil spill on the Tribe, as the law requires.”

So now, the pipeline would run through land that is sacred to the Tribe ... Federal law requires that sacred places be protected in consultation with the Tribe, but the Corps has not complied with that requirement, either.

Some site have already been desecrated.

That is the bad news. But the good news is that thousands of people have rallied to stand in solidarity with the Tribe and for the water. In August, 10,000 people joined in prayers with the elders from the Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation. Representatives from over 180 indigenous nations have offered support, along with faith leaders, the United Nations and Amnesty International. This is a fight that is important to all of us. We all need water to live. We cannot drink oil.

From World Indigenous News, here are 10 ways you can help the Standing Rock Sioux fight the Dakota Access Pipeline:

1. Call North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple at 701-328-2200. You can leave a message stating your thoughts about this.

2. Sign the petition to the White House to Stop DAPL: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/…/stop-construction-dakota…

3. Donate to support the Standing Rock Sioux at http://standingrock.org/…/standing-rock-sioux-tribe―dakot…/

4. Donate items from the Sacred Stone Camp Supply List:

http://sacredstonecamp.org/supply-list/

5. Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

6. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund: https://fundrazr.com/d19fAf

7. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp gofundme account: https://www.gofundme.com/sacredstonecamp

8. Call the Army Corps of Engineers and demand that they reverse the permit: (202) 761-5903

9. Sign other petitions asking President Obama to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Here’s the latest to cross my desk - https://act.credoaction.com/sign/NoDAPL

10. Call the executives of the companies that are building the pipeline:

a. Lee Hanse

Executive Vice President

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.

800 E Sonterra Blvd #400

San Antonio, Texas 78258

Telephone: (210) 403-6455

Lee.Hanse@energytransfer.com

b. Glenn Emery

Vice President

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.

800 E Sonterra Blvd #400

San Antonio, Texas 78258

Telephone: (210) 403-6762

Glenn.Emery@energytransfer.com

c. Michael (Cliff) Waters

Lead Analyst

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.

1300 Main St.

Houston, Texas 77002

Telephone: (713) 989-2404

Michael.Waters@energytransfer.com

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