Apr 15th 2018 by Jewsafrewski • 8 Questions • 2633 Points
Hello Redditors, my name is Charles Walker and I serve on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council.
You may remember us from standing against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which we continue to fight in court. Our Tribe recently submitted a report to the Army Corps highlighting the dangerous impacts of the pipeline on our people and homeland (there is a link to the report below), and we are preparing for a spill.
The Dakota Access Pipeline has already leaked five times along its route, and our Tribe's report to the Army Corps shows that the current leak detection system can't detect all spills under our water supply. At this time a spill of more than 11,000 barrels per day would go undetected, and would devastate our homeland. The impacts of spills and leaks on our community have not been properly addressed by the Army Corps, and they are unable to address a worst case oil discharge. And so we started a Clean Water Campaign so that we can establish a water safety system, which involves water monitoring systems, training a response team and purchasing equipment for spill response.
You can learn more about the Clean Water Campaign here: www.YouCaring.com/StandingRockCleanWater
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Report: (https://www.standingrock.org/sites/default/files/uploads/srst_impacts_of_an_oil_spill_2.21.2018.pdf) [Our website is down at this time, but it should be back up in an hour or so hopefully!]
Link to our Facebook/Twitter: https://twitter.com/StandingRockST https://www.facebook.com/Standing-Rock-Sioux-Tribe-402298239798452/
Hello! I am almost finished with my undergrad in history. I do enjoy U.S history, and Early Modern Europe is my favorite. Other than teaching, would you have advice on other fields to go into?
Hi, I run a chapter of student engineers who develop clean water, sanitation, and hygiene projects. We are starting a domestic team this year. What can we do you help communities like yours ?
A BA in history will prepare you for a wide variety of careers. Think about what you've learned how to do. You understand how change happens. You know how to take a mass of unorganized stuff and organize it into meaningful categories, and then how to create a narrative from that organization. For more detail about this see: https://www.historians.org/teaching-and-learning/tuning-the-history-discipline/2016-history-discipline-core
The AHA has collected stories of History BA recipients who have pursued a range of diverse and exciting careers. You can read about them at http://blog.historians.org/category/what-to-do-with-a-ba-in-history/.
Reaching out directly to the Tribe is your best bet, we'll message you with an email address! Thank you for thinking of us.
Are there any other countries out there that have a similar issue with monuments to a rebellion that compares to the civil war?
What other concerns do you have about the pipeline that do not involve leaks? Have there been any form of compensation given to the tribes for the installation of the pipeline?
Interesting question. Surely there are monuments to failed rebellions (think Ireland). But I don't think there are monuments to individuals whose cause has been completely discredited. Usually a government will remove memorials to individuals who committed treason. Such individuals generally get statues only if their revolution is successful.
In Russia and Hungary, statues from the Soviet era have been removed to parks that are in essence outdoor museums
The process in which they went about obtaining the permits and the lands in which the pipeline had passed through. They go through treaty lands, yet the lands that belong to the people of Standing Rock were never consulted and so it's a form of trespass.
As for compensation, no there has been no compensation.
What is your opinion on monuments that remember the fallen on both sides? Such as the unit monuments that mark the landscape of Gettysburg. I am of the opinion that there is a lot of military history that can be gathered from the locations of these monuments.
Could you talk a little about what's gotten you here, how people have been involved, and what there's still to be done? How many people are still in legal limbo due to their actions? Do you feel corporate/government response has been appropriate?
True. These monuments are very useful for the study of military history, for research that focuses on what one might call the mechanics of the war. But it's important to remember that the causes for which they are fighting are not equivalent. The defense of the Union (i.e. many US Army soldiers did not see themselves fighting against slavery) is surely not equivalent to the defense of a union created explicitly to perpetuate human slavery.
People are still involved through donations that go toward our legal costs and Clean Water Campaign. There is still a long ways to go with litigation, our Tribe just recently submitted our report in response to Judge Boasberg's remand order calling for a more in-depth analysis on the impacts of the pipeline. Also our technical team and water resources department are currently preparing on how to address a leak. We need to establish water monitoring wells and a emergency management plan, that's what our Clean Water Campaign is all about. The threat of a spill lingers and we must be prepared to protect our homeland. As of how many people are still in legal limbo we do not know, that would be a question for the Water Protector Legal Collective and Lakota People's Law Project.
As for the corporate/government response being appropriate, I think it was appropriate until this new administration overstepped laws because for example under the Obama Administration everything he went by was according to the book, he went by the law especially with environmental laws. This administration overlooked those laws to expedite the process for the pipeline.