CNAY Supports National Congress of American Indians’ Statement on Standing Rock

The Center for Native American Youth joins the National Indian Education Association in supporting the National Congress of American Indians statement regarding recent events at Standing Rock. Our previous statement on youth involvement at Standing Rock can be seen here and NCAI’s statement is below:

“The actions by law enforcement in North Dakota are shocking and the NCAI community is at a loss trying to grasp the events of [Thursday]’s attack on protectors gathered to defend water rights, lands, and sacred places. We are working closely with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as they strive for peace during this difficult time. The Army Corps has a tremendous amount of responsibility for this conflict.  Despite federal laws and Executive Order, the permitting process for the Dakota Access Pipeline was anything but transparent, tribal consultation did not occur, and even the Department of the Interior’s concerns over tribal water supplies and cultural resources were ignored. We call on the Army Corps of Engineers to deploy an immediate “stop order” on the Dakota Access Pipeline, deny the easement, and conduct a full environmental impact study. We also call on the Department of Justice to take immediate steps to ensure the safety of thousands of Native protectors and allies. We will not stand for the continued violation of our First Amendment rights and Tribal Sovereign rights. Enough is enough.”

Please click this link to view NCAI letter to the Army Corps of Engineers and Department of Justice sent on October 28, 2016.

NCAI is also hosting a tribal leader and tribal representatives webinar for the remaining Infrastructure Permitting Consultations.

Webinar and other important information from NCAI is below:

NCAI staff has attended each of three sessions so far to collect the proposed recommendations, and invites tribal leaders and tribal representatives to join us to discuss unified Indian Country comments and recommendations to be voiced in the remaining four consultations and submitted by November 30, 2016.

We will be discussing the following documents during the call (available for download below):

NCAI Resolutions:

For more information, please contact:


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