NRDems Forum: on Taking a Stand Protecting Water and Native American Sacred and Cultural Resources at Standing Rock

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016 Time: 01:30 PM Location: Cannon House Office Building 210

The forum, titled Taking a Stand: Protecting Water and Native American Sacred and Cultural Resources at Standing Rock, examined the Federal trust responsibility to tribes, tribal sovereignty, and treaty obligations; the moral and legal obligations to protect sacred sites and Native American cultural resources; and access to safe drinking water on Standing Rock tribal land and environmental justice.  

Witnesses

  1. The Honorable Gracey Claymore
    Member
    Standing Rock Youth Council
  2. The Honorable Wendsler Nosie
    Councilman
    Apache Stronghold
  3. The Honorable Faith Spotted Eagle
    Spiritual Leader and Elder
    Ihanktonwan Oyate
  4. The Honorable Harold Frazier
    Chairman
    Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
  5. The Honorable Dave Archambault II
    Chairman
    Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Related Photos

The five panelists who testified at the “Taking a Stand” Forum exemplify their feelings about how they have been treated by the U.S. Government through their body language. An audience member bearing a “No DAPL” decal applauds, as Ranking Member Grijalva (D-AZ) and Representative Raul Ruiz (D-CA) call for the Army Corps of Engineers to permanently halt construction of the pipeline. Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Dave Archambault II (Center), Faith Spotted Eagle (Left, and (unidentified) laugh together before testifying at the “Taking a Stand” Forum. Councilman of the Apache Stronghold Wendell Nosie (Left) and Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Dave Archambault II (Right) greet each other before testifying at the “Taking a Stand” Forum. Gracey Claymore, a member of the Standing Rock Youth Council, smiles, as Congressmen respond to her testimony. Faith Spotted Eagle, an Ihanktonwan Oyate Spiritual Leader and Elder, (Center) testifies at the “Taking a Stand” Forum. Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA) (Middle-Left) questions the “Taking a Stand” panelists about the current issues that Native American Tribes are facing, while Rep. Polis (Left), Ranking Member Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) (Middle-Right), and Rep. Ruiz (Right) listen intently. Gracey Claymore, a member of the Standing Rock Youth Council, (Right) testifies at the “Taking a Stand” Forum. Reps. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Jared Huffman (D-CA) (Right) listen to the “Taking a Stand: panelists’ testimony. Representative Raul Ruiz (D-CA) (Back) and Faith Spotted Eagle , an Ihanktonwan Oyate Spiritual Leader and Elder, (Front) discuss the Dakota Access Pipeline prior to the “Taking a Stand” Forum. Representative Raul Ruiz (D-CA) (Back) listens to Faith Spotted Eagle , an Ihanktonwan Oyate Spiritual Leader and Elder, (Front) prior to her testimony at the “Taking a Stand” Forum.