Resolution of Support for the People of Standing Rock Reservation


WHEREAS, the Dakota Access Pipeline would carry over half a million barrels of dirty crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois to connect to other pipelines bringing oil to the East Coast and the Gulf, and this pipeline is slated to pass through the tribal lands of Standing Rock Sioux near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, and underneath the Missouri River, not only desecrating the ancestral burial grounds of the Standing Rock Sioux but bringing potential harm to their main source of drinking water; and

WHEREAS, the transport of heavy crude is particularly volatile, leading to 18.4 million gallons of oils and chemicals spilled, leaked, or released into the air, land, and waterways between 2006 and 2014 in North Dakota alone, causing death, contamination of soil and water, and all kinds of disease, and scientists have warned that in order to avoid wide-scale, catastrophic climate disruption, the vast majority of known remaining fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground, and Native Americans and other activists defending their land and water have the right to defend their land and water and engage in non-violent protest without fear of being brutalized; and

WHEREAS, many large corporations, have been putting profits ahead of the common good of communities and the environment, and through activist Supreme Court decisions have been granted constitutional rights and powers of person-hood and advantage by the doctrine of money being considered free speech thereby diminishing democracy and the voice and power of the people; now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Democratic Party of California stands with the Standing Rock Sioux and calls for the Federal Government to make permanent the moratorium on construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on and near the Standing Rock Reservation by revoking permits for construction issued by the Army Corps of Engineers and we call upon our party at all levels to support a just transition to a renewable energy economy and invest in the construction of a nationwide sustainable energy infrastructure that will address the growing threat of climate change and its consequent droughts, floods, fire, crop failure, species extinction and other dire consequences of global warming; and

BE IT FUTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to President Barack Obama, the California Congressional delegation, the Secretary of the Interior Department and Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Sponsored by CDP Region 2 Authored by Nadine Peyrucain, AD 14

Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its 2016 Winter Executive Board Meeting
San Diego Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

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