Grijalva on Trump Administration’s Decision to Proceed with Building the Dakota Access Pipeline

Washington, D.C. – Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) received a letter today from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army notifying him that the Army will move forward, as soon as tomorrow, with granting an easement to the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline.

"Before the Women's March and before thousands of people protested at airports, the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies were camping in the freezing cold to defend their rights. The Obama Administration heard those concerns and agreed to take a step back; this Administration is ignoring them,” said Grijalva. “In his first few weeks in office our new President has built a resume of discrimination, falsehoods, and sloppy work, and now the decision to trample the sovereignty of our First Americans is the latest entry on a growing list of shameful actions.”

Ranking Member Grijalva travelled to the site of the Standing Rock Sioux’s ongoing demonstrations against DAPL to meet with Tribal leaders, as well as meeting with them in Washington.

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