September 9, 2016
For Immediate Release
Press contact: Joshua Crawford, Franciscan Action Network
FAN Joins the Standing Rocking Sioux in Grieving the Threat to Their Livelihoods From the Dakota Access Pipeline
Calls on President Obama to Take Action to Address Threat
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Franciscan Action Network expresses disappointment in today’s court decision denying the Standing Rock Sioux’s request for a stay in the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
In light of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia’s decision on September 9th denying the Standing Rock Sioux’s request to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, FAN joins the people of the Standing Rock Sioux and all indigenous nations in proclaiming water as a hallowed gift from the Creator. FAN further calls on civil authorities to respect the sacred sites and burial grounds of the Standing Rock Sioux and all indigenous peoples.
"It is simply wrong that one judge has the power to deny the petition of the Standing Rock Sioux for a stay of the destruction by Dakota Access which is a violation of the Tribe's human rights,” stated Sister Marie Lucey, OSF, Director of Advocacy at Franciscan Action Network. “FAN is appalled that a peaceful procession of water defenders intending to pray and sing in hope for protection of the water and sacred sites were met with snarling dogs hired by the North Dakota pipeline."
FAN petitions President Obama to take action in stopping this serious threat to the livelihoods of the original Americans.