Apr 7th 2018 by TheWeedsiah • 7 Questions • 1202 Points
Hello Redditors, my name is Charles Walker and I serve on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council.
You may remember us from standing against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which we continue to fight in court. Our Tribe recently submitted a report to the Army Corps highlighting the dangerous impacts of the pipeline on our people and homeland (there is a link to the report below), and we are preparing for a spill.
The Dakota Access Pipeline has already leaked five times along its route, and our Tribe's report to the Army Corps shows that the current leak detection system can't detect all spills under our water supply. At this time a spill of more than 11,000 barrels per day would go undetected, and would devastate our homeland. The impacts of spills and leaks on our community have not been properly addressed by the Army Corps, and they are unable to address a worst case oil discharge. And so we started a Clean Water Campaign so that we can establish a water safety system, which involves water monitoring systems, training a response team and purchasing equipment for spill response.
You can learn more about the Clean Water Campaign here: www.YouCaring.com/StandingRockCleanWater
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Report: (https://www.standingrock.org/sites/default/files/uploads/srst_impacts_of_an_oil_spill_2.21.2018.pdf) [Our website is down at this time, but it should be back up in an hour or so hopefully!]
Link to our Facebook/Twitter: https://twitter.com/StandingRockST https://www.facebook.com/Standing-Rock-Sioux-Tribe-402298239798452/
What other ways has the protests made a difference in the community? Do you know the status of the Mni Wiconi free medical clinic that funds were raised for?
It has brought the people together, the people of Standing Rock who may have had a different set of opinions this was the first time we all gathered together for a cause to protect our homelands.
As for the medical clinic I do not know, that was completely out of the control of the Tribe as far as I understand that was its own thing.