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400 Riders, Marchers, and Pipeline Fighters: #SDPUCnoKXL!

On Sunday, July 26, 20 riders on horseback led nearly 400 people in a march across the Missouri River to protest the Keystone XL pipeline! Hearings on the state’s pipeline permit started today at the Capitol building, where numerous organizations, tribes, and native and non-native individuals have intervened to oppose the permit certification.

 

 

Today, the people of South Dakota won – we have shown we will not let this pipeline be built across these lands!

 

Organized under the banner of No KXL Dakota, a coalition of native and non-native grassroots groups opposed to Keystone XL, the march was the culmination of years of work to build relationships across cultures, ethnicities, religions, classes, and peoples of South Dakota. Marchers from across the state were joined in solidarity by members of the Ponca Nation and people from Missouri, California, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.


 

 

Media coverage of the march:

http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/news/state/3805007-south-dakota-regulators-hear-keystone-xl-arguments-again-10-things-know

http://www.capjournal.com/news/cross-missouri-against-keystone-xl/article_ff7307aa-33de-11e5-a86c-bfb1f201ff94.html
PHOTOS from the Capital Journal: http://www.capjournal.com/gallery/keystone-xl-resistance-ride-and-march/collection_34de9dc2-33ef-11e5-8b14-2f2bd15be762.html

http://www.kdlt.com/news/local-news/hundreds-march-in-opposition-of-keystone-xl-pipeline/34367714

http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/07/25/keystone-xl-horse-riders-four-directions-join-protest-pierre-sd-161186

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/27/opponents-protest-proposed-keystone-xl-in-advance-/

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South Dakota Pipeline Fighter’s Statement on the Nebraska State Supreme Court Keystone XL Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, January 9, 2015

 

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe ✤ Yankton Sioux Tribe ✤ Standing Rock Sioux Tribe ✤ Indigenous Environmental Network ✤ Dakota Rural Action

 

South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Intervenor’s Statement on the Nebraska State Supreme Court Keystone XL Decision

Pierre, SD — The intervenors against TransCanada’s Keystone XL permit certification in South Dakota releases the following joint statement in response to today’s Nebraska Supreme Court’s Decision:

“The Nebraska State Supreme Court decision does not change the facts on the matter. The Keystone XL pipeline still remains a threat to the livelihoods of America’s farmers, ranchers, tribal nations, and individual landowners. And the fact remains that TransCanada cannot build Keystone XL in South Dakota.

We South Dakota pipeline fighters stand strong in our commitment to see the Keystone XL permit rejected by our state’s Public Utilities Commission and by President Obama.

The President has all the information he needs to act and reject Keystone XL today. This pipeline fails the President’s climate test. We encourage him to make the right choice to the benefit of us all.”

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Contact: Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network: (507)412-7609
Sabrina King, Dakota Rural Action: (605)939-0527

DOWNLOAD PDF HERE

NOKXL Prayer Rally. Pierre SD. Jan 6, 2015.

NO KXL DAKOTA Statement on Statewide Actions & NOKXL Prayer Rally

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 7th, 2015

 

NO KXL DAKOTA Statement on Statewide Actions and Prayer Rally

 

Pierre, SD – The grassroots coalition NO KXL DAKOTA is celebrating two-days of successful actions that occurred across the state of South Dakota against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. In spite of cold weather, pipeline fighters held public demonstrations and deployed large NO KXL banners in three separate cities. These actions were done in support of the 43 individuals and groups who filed to intervene in Transcanada’s request for permit certification by the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission.

Over 50 people braved a harsh winter storm to attend the #NOKXL Prayer Rally following the commission meeting in Pierre. Despite the PUC’s vote to deny the Yankton Sioux Tribe’s Motion to Dismiss TransCanada’s application, the Tribe and the NO KXL DAKOTA coalition continue to stand against this dirty pipeline.

The NO KXL DAKOTA coalition also expresses gratitude to President Obama for announcing his decision to veto any congressional Keystone XL bill. The Keystone XL Tar Sands pipeline poses a threat to the lands of South Dakota and its people, and the coalition encourages the President to take one step further and reject this pipeline for the good of all.

 

Quotes:

“Our greatest worth as a state is not being a pass-through for risky and dirty energy. It is our permanent resources – our fertile soil and mineral rich water. We are turning away from tar sands oil. We’re smarter than that. A veto on a Keystone XL bill by Obama is simply one battle won in a greater war on dirty politics and dirty energy” Alice Alexandrescu, Dakota Rural Action member

“In the weeks and months ahead we will continue to make our voices heard and demonstrate a coordinated resistance to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline running through our lands.”  Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network campaign organizer

“This week showed a growing resistance to the Keystone XL project in South Dakota. I am happy to see people across the state stepping up and saying no to KXL. I have said it before, we will succeed and as more people learn the truth and not just believe the lies being told by this company and their congressional supporters the people will say no to KXL after all the people are the power in a democracy.” Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Member

 

Contact: Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network KXL Organizer: (507)412-7609
Sabrina King, Dakota Rural Action Organizer: (605)939-0527
Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe member: (605)964-3813
Alice Alexandrescu, Dakota Rural Action member: (716) 803-3081

Photos can be downloaded at this url:
http://dropevent.com/gallery/mail59449

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NOKXL Prayer Rally. Pierre SD. Jan 6, 2015.

NOKXL Prayer Rally. Pierre SD. Jan 6, 2015.

NoKXL Action in Sioux Falls SD. Jan 5, 2015.

NoKXL Action in Sioux Falls SD. Jan 5, 2015.

NOKXL Prayer Rally. Pierre SD. Jan 6, 2015.

NOKXL Prayer Rally. Pierre SD. Jan 6, 2015.

No KXL action. Sioux Falls SD. Jan 5, 2015.

No KXL action. Sioux Falls SD. Jan 5, 2015.

For Immediate Release: Grassroots activists protest Keystone XL in South Dakota

 

Rapid City Protest: Top of Main Street Square parking ramp, 7:45am MT

Sioux Falls Protest: 10th and Minnesota, 2:00pm CT

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, January 5, 2015

Contact: Sabrina King, Dakota Rural Action Organizer: (605)939-0527

Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe member:(605)964-3813

Alice Alexandrescu, Dakota Rural Action member: (716) 803-3081

Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network KXL Organizer: (507)412-7609

In lead-up to PUC and Congressional votes, coalition of grassroots activists take action across South Dakota to protest the Keystone XL pipeline

Pierre, SD, – A grassroots coalition of landowners, native leaders, and allied supporters are taking action across South Dakota this week to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and raise awareness of the unified opposition to the project. These actions will precede the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission meeting on Tuesday, January 6 and an US Congress KXL bill vote expected to take place on Friday.

This grassroots coalition is called NO KXL DAKOTA and is comprised of South Dakota ranchers, farmers, citizens of Lakota/Dakota nations, the Indigenous Environmental Network, Dakota Rural Action, and other South Dakotans. Many of these coalition members are among the 40 parties that have filed to intervene in Transcanada’s application for a Keystone XL South Dakota permit re-approval.

The protests on Monday, January 5 will take place at the downtown parking ramp in Rapid City at 7:30am, and will start at 10th and Minnesota in Sioux Falls at 2:00pm. On January 6th, following the PUC meeting at 9:30am, there will be a multi-denomination #NOKXL Prayer Rally in the State Capitol building rotunda.

“One of the great things about South Dakotans is that we pride ourselves on common sense, and resiliency,” says Vermillion resident Alice Alexandrescu. “Both of these traits are dishonored by the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. We are turning away from hydrocarbons, the oil tycoons are growing desperate and they are trying to make us feel desperate too. We’re smarter than that.”

TransCanada filed for certification on September 15, 2014. On Tuesday, the PUC will hear a motion to dismiss the application outright, filed on behalf of the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

“The movement to stop the Keystone pipeline is growing in South Dakota,” said Joye Braun, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe member anbjd activist. “We will continue in our efforts to build resistance to this project knowing that we will succeed.”

Press coverage of No KXL Dakota protests:

http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/protests-planned-in-sd-against-keystone-pipeline/?id=174061

http://www.mitchellrepublic.com/news/state/3646665-transcanadas-second-pipeline-faces-dismissal-challenge-its-state-permit

http://www.economics21.org/commentary/south-dakota-obama-congress-block-keystone-2014-12-30#.VKLAm5pDs3Q.facebook

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