The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe today launched a Clean Water fundraising campaign, calling for support in the aftermath of the Tribe's protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which continues to be fought in court.
The campaign went live today on YouCaring, a crowdfunding website, with an initial target of USD 200,000, which will be used toward achieving three goals.
First, to establish a water safety system that will mitigate an oil spill, which includes water monitoring wells, training a first response team, and equipment. Second, to continue fighting the pipeline in the court. And third, to begin the Tribe's shift toward self-determination by way of developing clean renewable energy.
The Dakota Access Pipeline is placed underneath Lake Oahe, the Tribe's main source of clean water. Hundreds of tribes from around the world came to support Standing Rock in its opposition to the pipeline, in what was the largest gathering of tribes in modern history.
The pipeline has already leaked five times, and its operator, Sunoco Logistics, has spilled more crude oil than any of its competitors, making the threat of a spill "imminent," says Standing Rock Chairman Mike Faith.
"The pipeline was originally planned to go north of North Dakota's capital, but when they saw it posed a risk to their water supply it was moved down to our people's water supply," says Faith. "We're calling for support so that we can ensure that our people have access to clean water in the event of a spill."
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