Interfaith Appeal for Justice at Standing Rock

President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
November 11, 2016
Dear Mr. President,
As faith leaders from across the nation, we write to you with a sense of urgency regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and the opposition to it led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. We believe that you are aware that many of our denominations have made strong public statements of support of the Tribe and are actively encouraging solidarity among our members.
We view with great alarm the increased militarization and disproportionately violent response to peaceful protesters, the mislabeling of prayerful gatherings as “riots,” the illegal use of attack dogs and chemical sprays, and militaristic aggression on October 27 with armored tanks and heavily armed police that is more commonly associated with wars. So egregious was this recent police attack, that Amnesty International has sent human rights observers to monitor the response of law enforcement to the protests, and the international watchdog group will be asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate police actions.
Given the numerous irregularities and violations of procedures and laws that have marked the stages of approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline, we call on you to rectify these steps. The Army Corps of Engineers sidestepped procedures under Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP 12) to grant approval for a project (DAPL) that did not meet the necessary standards. This process also breached the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act which require environmental impact statements and opportunities for the public to be fully informed

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