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Standing with Standing Rock

posted Sep 8, 2016, 2:30 PM by John Norwood   [ updated Sep 8, 2016, 2:32 PM ]
CONFEDERATION COUNCIL RESOLUTION

TITLE: STANDING WITH STANDING ROCK
Resolution Number: CCR 2016-08-30

WHEREAS, the Confederation of Sovereign Nanticoke-Lenape Tribes, hereafter referred to as the “Confederation,” is chartered as an intertribal union between the historically and genealogically interrelated Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation of New Jersey and the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware; and,

WHEREAS, the core families of the tribal communities of Nanticoke and Lenape Indians, which comprise the Confederation, are documented in the historic record from before the establishment of the United States and by the blessing of the Almighty Creator have continued to preserve our tribal identity and sovereignty from ancient times to the present day; and,

WHEREAS, the Confederation is charged with providing a unified voice for the member tribes in national and international matters and to assert the inherent right to self-determination, freely determine our political status, freely pursue our economic, social, religious and cultural development, and determine our membership without external interference; and,

WHEREAS, the Confederation is concerned with the protection of the rights of all indigenous peoples; and,

WHEREAS, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is fighting to protect their tribal water rights and natural resources by opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline; and,

WHEREAS, the Dakota Access Pipeline will have permanent negative impact to cultural places, water sources, and the environment; and,

WHEREAS, the only source of water for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe could be irreparably harmed for generations to come by the many risks associated with the Dakota Access Pipeline; and,

WHEREAS, Article 29 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples affirms the right of indigenous  peoples to conserve and protect their environment and lands; and,

WHEREAS, Article 32 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples provides for states to consult and cooperate in good faith to obtain the free and informed consent prior to the approval of any project affecting the lands, territories, water rights, and other resources of indigenous peoples; and,

WHEREAS, Article 19 of the approved draft of the Organization of American States Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples affirms the right of indigenous peoples of the Americas to conserve and protect their environment and to enjoy a healthy and safe environment and to be free from the introduction of any harmful substance that could negatively impact their environment; and,

WHEREAS, Article 24 of the approved draft of the Organization of American States Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples requires that Indigenous Peoples treaty rights be upheld and enforced;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Confederation joins with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in calling for the Army Corps of Engineers to halt this pipeline and initiate an administrative process that includes full tribal input and consultation so that the Tribe's environmental justice and water concerns can be addressed; and

BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Confederation calls on other indigenous nations and organization to stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight for environmental justice and the observation and enforcement of their treaty rights; and,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT, this shall be the policy of the Confederation until amended or overturned by subsequent resolution.

CERTIFICATION

This resolution was approved at an official meeting of the Confederation Council on August 30, 2016.

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