Published: Fri, January 27, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Ronda Rousey's trip to Standing Rock to help protesters

President Donald Trump signed executive actions Tuesday meant to accelerate the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipeline projects, rolling back key Obama administration environmental policies in favor of expanding energy infrastructure.

After a unanimous vote Friday, leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe issued a statement asking all Dakota Access Pipeline protestors to vacate their camps by January 30 and to cancel plans for a winter camp.

"But what he's doing now is clear that this country better brace itself for what's to come", Archambault said.

Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed President Trump's decision to move ahead with Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Canada to US refineries on the Gulf Coast. "That's what keeps us going".

In late 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux had voted to set aside land to be used as a winter camp for people opposed to the pipeline. What he's trying to do is make it bad again. "I didn't vote for President Trump personally, but I had a bad feeling this was going to happen".

"We're all coming together as one, to be heard", said Enick. Days started before sunrise with prayers and other ceremonies, she said. Eventually, she said, tear gas and a growing police presence led an elder to tell them to leave the island and head back for camp.

In a letter sent to Trump, David Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock tribe, urged the president to not bypass the environmental analysis.

McKeon said that he hopes more legislators will take up the cause to oppose DAPL and Trump's environmental policies and "send a message to lawmakers in Washington that we will not tolerate this blatant disregard for our precious natural resources". It is imperative we clean the camps and restore them to their original state before this flooding occurs.

Dakota Access bled almost $500 million in lost profit during the time construction stopped until Trump's executive order if the company's estimate is extrapolated over a two-month period.

Although the protests at Standing Rock have been at the forefront of discussions lately, some said the President's decision is a good thing.

Now that Donald Trump has been installed as the nation's 45th president, the Tribe is concerned that a continuation of the violent and destructive behavior that has characterized the protests since outsiders began moving into the area will hinder the conduct of the EIS.

"This decision to move forward with this Dakota Access pipeline didn't need to be made immediately", Archambault said.

"We build the pipelines", he said. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers called for a more complete environmental analysis of a dammed section of the Missouri River before it agrees to allow Energy Transfer Partners to continue building it's $3.8 billion pipeline over tribal concerns that the pipeline could rupture and contaminate the water.

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