The City Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline this week. The Resolution was brought forward by 350Corvallis, a grassroots organization addressing climate change, with special thanks to the Native American Longhouse at Oregon State University. It was also co-sponsored by at least 13 local organizations such as Interfaith Climate Justice Corvallis, No War, and NAACP.
Ken Winograd of 350Corvallis says, “We’re hoping that the Resolution provides some moral support to the tribes in North Dakota and that it will serve as a catalyst for local groups to take actions in support of not only the tribes in North Dakota but tribes in Oregon who are pushing back against encroachment of native lands in the pursuit of profit fossil fuels.”
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed an injunction to end the construction of the pipeline in late August, to no avail. Since then, thousands have flocked in protest, and The Department of Justice, Department of the Interior, and the Army moved to stop construction for the time being.
The pipeline would be built just outside of the tribe’s reservation boundary, and could severely damage the reservation’s water supply. Originally, the location for the pipeline was outside of Bismarck, North Dakota, but moved closer to Standing Rock because of the danger of any spills. Those in protest call themselves water protectors, and are standing up against environmental racism, colonialism, and corporate profit. They are expected to continue protesting over the next few months, says Winograd.
On a local level, students at Oregon State University have organized a rally and are working on a food and supply drive to support the tribes during their stand. So to put it like the Raging Grannies at the City Council meeting, “The people or the pipeline, which side are you on?”
By Regina Pieracci