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Rosebud Sioux Say Congress Declaring War on Tribes with Keystone XL Vote

Rep. Kristi Noem and the U.S. House approve Keystone XL? Them's fightin' words, says the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Literally:

“The House has now signed our death warrants and the death warrants of our children and grandchildren. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe will not allow this pipeline through our lands,” said President Scott of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. “We are outraged at the lack of intergovernmental cooperation. We are a sovereign nation and we are not being treated as such. We will close our reservation borders to Keystone XL. Authorizing Keystone XL is an act of war against our people” [Aldo Seoane, "House Vote in Favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline an Act of War," Lakota Voice, 2014.11.14].

I am glad somebody in South Dakota is standing up to TransCanada. The term act of war is apt: a foreign entity is seizing rights from our own landowners, using our own courts and quisling politicians against us. The tribes have done fine work rousing their people and gathering allies to fight this encroachment on our sovereignty, not to mention this threat to our environmental and economic security.

But closing the reservation borders will have no impact on building Keystone XL. TransCanada drew its pipeline route to skirt all reservation borders. Rosebud Homeland Security will have to set up checkpoints and artillery on the 1868 borders.

Related: Rep. Noem and the House need to remember that Keystone XL still needs to go through the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and the Nebraska Supreme Court. Lots of battlegrounds, Rosebud neighbors!


  1. Tim 2014.11.17

    "using our own courts and quisling politicians against us"
    Using them against us? Seems to me the politicians are on board all the way on this, hard to use somebody that is in complete agreement. It's big oil and big corporations against all of the rest of us. The minority and non-participants in this last election gave them the power, to bad the rest of us will also pay the price we all are going to pay.

  2. Bethany Lightbody 2014.11.17

    How can you be strong enough to stop them entering your borders. When those greedy hounds want something, they'll go for it. I'm so sad for you all having to deal with this horrible greed. They invaded your borders years ago and they tried to destroy you. I'm frightened for my beloved Lakota. I'm praying that the Creator will strengthen you.

  3. Paul Seamans 2014.11.17

    The Rosebud Sioux Tribe as well as the Cheyenne River Sioux, the Standing Rock Sioux, and the Yankton Sioux have been granted party status in the Keystone XL permit hearings before the PUC. And Cory, yes you are correct, the 1868 Laramie Treaty is mentioned in their comments part of their filing for intervention. TransCanada has failed to do a proper cultural resources survey along the route, this will be brought up at the hearings as well as lack of proper consultation by TransCanada with the tribes. The tribes, as well as many individual tribal members, have been very involved in the fight against the KXL (the Black Snake). The certification of TransCanada's permit with the PUC will not be a stroll through the park like TransCanada originally thought it would be.

  4. larry kurtz 2014.11.17

    Noem decrying the EPA for seeking the sources of pollution as a federal land grab while heralding TransCanada's condemnation of land held by American property owners is simply outrageous.

  5. tara volesky 2014.11.17

    If we had a Governor like a Lora Hubbel or Mike Myers that would send the National Guard and county sheriffs to help protect the land owners and Indians, but no, instead they were criticized and condemned at their press conference on corruption. They would be stand on the front lines stopping the Pipeline. Well, you get what you vote for. I will be supporting Rick Weiland on this issue. The race is over, but the fight has just begun.

  6. mike from iowa 2014.11.17

    There is an article on the front page of SCity journal about KXL and Nebraska. Haven't read it yet but you might want to take a gander at it.

  7. oldguy 2014.11.17

    Tara when do the Mitchell Girls play Pierre in BB?

  8. Joan Brown 2014.11.17

    Wouldn't it be interesting, if the pipeline goes through, if there was an Indian uprising, against the politicians, similar to the AIM uprising back in the 70s(I think). I know that isn't very nice to say, but these politicians have to be taught how to consider their constituents, instead of just thinking about big money.

  9. Douglas Wiken 2014.11.17

    Before the Native American rhetoric is taken seriously, one might consider what they hope to get out of it. If it is like the game they play with utilities the motive have more to do with capitalistic greed than any concern for the environment. XL did a run around the reservations and Indian land for good reasons even if they pipeline is an insult to all of us whatever color.

    Rick Weiland is jumping on this issue and he is hitting it for all the right reasons.

  10. larry kurtz 2014.11.17

    Lest we take Wiken's rhetoric too seriously it should be known that the American Indian stand on KXL is being heard all over the planet.

  11. jerry 2014.11.17

    A whole lot of smoke and mirrors for 50 jobs nationally. Does anyone know how much the counties in South Dakota receive for Keystone I? How about the state, what does the state get for the first pipe line?

  12. jerry 2014.11.17

    Found it, the pipeline crosses South Dakota north to south and it pays $2,900,000.00 to cross those 9 counties or about $322,000.00 for each county. And South Dakota is on the hook to clean up the spills from it as well. All smoke and mirrors with our pristine waters at stake for their rape with this black snake.

  13. tara volesky 2014.11.17

    Old Guy, I think they play Pierre in Pierre Dec 17th, 1st game of the season. All I know is we are going to beat the Black Snakes, Thune, Noem, and Rounds. Bring it.

  14. Roger Cornelius 2014.11.17

    In yesterday's Rapid City Journal there was an article about the FBI opening a field office in the North Dakota oil patch area because of the man camps sex trafficking and solicitation of minor girls.
    It would probably be a good idea to have a mobile FBI field office follow the construction of the pipeline for the same reason.

  15. Les 2014.11.17

    Reminds me of the command post trailer in "A Perfect World", Roger.

  16. Les 2014.11.18

    I think it went down.

  17. Deb Geelsdottir 2014.11.18

    Yup. KXL died, at least for the moment. This is one resurrection I am praying Does Not Happen!

  18. JeniW 2014.11.18

    Jerry, would you please clarify how this incident has anything to do with the pipeline? Thank you.

  19. jerry 2014.11.19

    Sorry, I thought that because this woman is from Canada and that the pipeline originated in Canada it would show a connection between foreign workers on the proposed pipeline and what may happen to them if they are injured or get sick here. Here in South Dakota, we drug in Korean contractors to do work in Aberdeen on EB-5 meat plant, so I was merely mentioning that just because you come here to work does not mean you are going to covered for medical issues with your blue cross travel plan.

  20. JeniW 2014.11.19

    Thank you, Jerry

  21. Les 2014.11.19

    Korean contractors in Aberdeen? Did ya see Che as well?

  22. larry kurtz 2014.11.19

    "Retired South Dakota State University constitutional law professor Bob Burns said that impeding construction could be problematic.

    "The ability of a tribe to interfere with a federal project after it has undergone a complete review and approval process would be questionable but not fully resolved in law,” Burns said."

  23. jerry 2014.11.19

    Yes, I rode with Che down to get some kimchi. It was a little harsh for me as I prefer the German recipe. Along the way, you could clearly see the Koreans giving us the thumbs up, at least that is what I thought I saw. It was some kind of digital salute as I remember.

  24. Lynn 2014.11.19

    Les there were a number of Korean workers they brought over to work at the plant doing construction or whatever tasks they did after the shutdown I believe.

  25. Les 2014.11.19

    I believe? Going all Christian on me, Lynn?

  26. jerry 2014.11.19

    South Dakota workers were simply not paid, so they kind of felt like not working there. The Koreans came as they were on a different kind of jobs program. Of course, they did not have to pay contractors excise taxes because they are special. So we taxpayers paid that for them along with the losses for the Workmen's Compensation, again as we are such a giving bunch of citizens. It did not seem to matter though to Brown County voters as they voted to keep the man who stole from them in public office, as a senator no less.

  27. leslie 2014.11.22

    this "war" may be more significant given eminent domain/taking of indian land within reservation boundaries. i do not know rez real estate law but it seems a little sleazy to think congress would keep taking indian land after all the treaty violations and what not that have transpired since then. it might open up that 1980 supreme court case all over again. but then mike carvin (jones/day, D.C. law firm), corporate lawyer for bush v. gore, r.j. reynolds, citizens united ect., one of their 2400 arrogant repub j.d.'s would be facing a lakota/dakota/nakota lawyer eye to eye.

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