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        <h1 id="reader-title">Standing Rock Sioux Blasts Forcible
          Removal of Water Protectors</h1>
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              <p>February 6, 2017<br>
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              <p>The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is set to press on in its
                legal battle against the Dakota Access pipeline Monday
                after leaders issued statements over the weekend
                condemning recent violence against demonstrators and
                clarifying that they don’t want to see activists
                forcibly removed from the protest site.</p>
              <p>They also have called on allies to join the tribe in
                demanding a fair legal review of the multi-billion
                dollar project that U.S. President Donald Trump plans to
                usher through to completion.</p>
              <p>On Wednesday, <a
href="http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Police-Raid-Standing-Rock-Last-Child-Camp-Arrest-76-20170201-0067.html">law
                  enforcement officers arrested 76 protesters</a> who
                were camped on land owned by the Dakota Access
                pipeline’s developer, Energy Transfer Partners. While
                the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said leaders were working
                with federal authorities to stabilize the situation at
                the protest site, they indicated that they did not want
                protestors to be arrested or ousted from the spot by
                force.</p>
              <p>“We want to stress that we are cleaning the camps, not
                clearing them. We do not support or endorse any ‘raids’.
                We have not asked for law enforcement to assist in
                clearing camps and in fact have repeatedly told them
                there will be no forcible removal,” the tribe noted in a
                statement posted on its Facebook page.</p>
              <p>Last month, Trump gave the green light to the Army
                Corps of Engineers to expedite its review of Energy
                Transfer Partners’ application so the pipeline
                construction could move forward. Last week, officials
                indicated that they were quickening their review
                process, but had not yet come to a final conclusion.</p>
              <p>Standing Rock Sioux Tribe officials also clarified that
                while they will continue in their fight against the
                pipeline, protesters need to be more sensitive to nearby
                residents at the reservation.</p>
              <p>“One of the key tenets of any movement is being
                considerate about how we treat the community in which we
                bring our voices and respect the places where we are
                visitors,” they stated. “The community of Cannonball has
                every right to choose how it wants people to help them.
                We are still focused on defeating DAPL on all fronts.”</p>
              <p>The movement against the pipeline won a victory late
                last year when the Obama adminstration blocked the
                completion of Dakota Access along its current route,
                pending an environmental impact study — a review process
                that could take months if not years. But many activists
                noted at the time that the fight agains the
                controversial project, which has been slammed for
                desecrating sacred Indigenous sites and jeopardizing
                important water sources, was not over, particularly in
                light of anticipated pro-pipeline and anti-environment
                policy-making under the Trump administration. </p>
              <p>Despite the challenging, the Standing Rock Sioux
                expressed optimism in recent statements, calling for
                solidarity to propel the movement. </p>
              <p>“We are heartened by the successful legal challenge
                against the discriminatory travel ban overturned and
                sustained this weekend. We believe DAPL project requires
                the same legal scrutiny and consideration,” the tribe
                stated. </p>
              <p>“We must stand together against actions and policies
                that unlawfully discriminate and hurt sovereign nations
                and Native Americans.”</p>
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