Tribal leader speaks on experience opposing Dakota Access Pipeline
At North Hennepin Community College’s American Indian Community Day, keynote speaker Dana Yellow Fat, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council, spoke about his experience opposing the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
In his speech, he noted that he feared the line could poison the area’s drinking water.
“Back before I was elected, we started hearing grumblings and rumors about this pipeline, this company that wanted to make their way across our treaty land,” Yellow Fat said.
The previous council had told Dakota Access LLC it did not want the pipeline on their land, Yellow Fat said. Council members asked to meet with Dakota Access leadership, and the company stopped communicating with the council, he said.
Later, after it became clear that Dakota Access was going to move forward with the project and construction, Yellow Fat was approached by community members who asked him to help set up a prayer camp to block pipeline construction in Cannonball, North Dakota.
“That was the first day that Sacred Stone Camp was set up, which [we thought would be] the camp [emphasis added],” he said.