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TransCanada Reps Kicked Out of Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation » Tar Sands Blockade

Solidarity is a very powerful thing.

It often appears that the multinational corporations hold all the power, as they destroy so much year after year on almost every part of the Earth. I believe my elders tho that true power lies in Nature and within us, not in money, or machines, or apparent “control” of the political process.

I have also always believed, tho no one told me this, that the places where the corporations and the government have put the most effort into harming the people and the land-the poorest reservations and reserves,the mining moonscapes, the denuded islands, the dammed and flooded valleys-these are places and peoples of very great spiritual power. This is why they have been attacked, stolen from, poisoned and kidnapped into “assimilation” programs like the schools and the adoptions.

I believe that none of those attacks, no matter how horrific, no matter how deep and widespread the suffering, can take away one tiny atom of that power. When the people awaken and shake off the illusion of weakness that has been projected onto them from the colonizer, the so called “powerful” in their board rooms with their billions will be shaking in fear. It is happening already.

TransCanada Reps Kicked Out of Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation

May 14, 2013

Youre not welcome here Weve said no from day one.

And with these firm words the TransCanada representatives were kicked out of Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation last week. The seemingly aloof TransCanada officials showed up at the Tribal Office in Eagle Butte, South Dakota in an attempt to win the tribe over to the pipeline, but were met with a swift, firm response. Robin LeBeau, Cheyenne River Sioux Councilwoman for District 5, saw them in the parking lot and promptly told them off.

The encounter was caught on video: ( if the video does not appear, please click the link at the bottom of this post to go to watch it onTar Sands Blockade’s site)

Robin LeBeau:

I dont want no TransCanada people hereIm going to fight hard and if I find anyone else here Im going to bring more people in abundance to tell you guys to leave.

This pipeline is the most destructive pipeline. Youre going to rape, steal and destroy everything that is for us.everything, our land, our culture, our water.

And what do the TransCanada reps suggest the Tribe do with these valid concerns? Write a letter to the CEO. Whats his name, again? Their response:

I dont even know the guys name.. umthey have a website

Really?! Thats the best these guys can do? Like writing a letter to Russ Girling is going to convince this multinational corporation to stop building their multi-billion dollar project and respect the lives of indigenous peoples. This corporation has demonstrated numerous times that they only care about their profits and will bully and bankrupt anyone who stands in their way.

Tribal members know it. They arent buying TransCanadas false promises and understand the threat that toxic tar sands pose to their Sacred Water, burial grounds, and historic landmarks. The Keystone XL pipeline would cut right through their Treaty Territory and some of their most Sacred Sites. (You can watch part 2 of the video


Pipe Path by Cheyenne River

Cheyenne River Crossing: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
Google Earth map depicting proposed Keystone XL Pipeline crossing Cheyenne River at Milepost 430.07. Cheyenne River Indian Reservation is indicated. Source: NCAI Analysis figure 4.

The last several months has seen the indigenous resistance along the proposed KXL Northern segment continue to grow. Just this last week the Native News Network reported that the National Congress of American Indians, the nations oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country, publicly released a statement of opposition to Keystone XL and criticized the State Departments flawed Environmental Impact Statement.

Additionally, the Moccasins on the Ground Tour of Resistance will travel to Cheyenne River in mid-June to continue to build this resistance and unite the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota peoples against this toxic intruder.

By now Russ Girling shouldnt need a handwritten letter to know the message coming from Red Nations along the pipeline route: Go Away!