Wica Agli members are in Washington, D.C. to stand in solidarity with President Cyril Scott of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and the multistate, activist organization, the Cowboy Indian Alliance. On November 14, President Scott issued a statement that declared the House vote in favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline an act of war. Scott said, “We are outraged by the lack of intergovernmental cooperation. We are a sovereign nation, and we are not being treated as such. We will close our reservation borders to the Keystone XL.”
Regarding President Scott’s announcement, Wica Agli co-founder Greg Grey Cloud said, “His statement inspired us to come to DC and help in any way possible.” He added, “Strong statements like the ones made in the press release inspire us to keep fighting for the health and wellbeing of grandmother earth and the women and children in our community. We need to make sure that we stop this Pipeline and any other projects that put our relatives in danger.”
Another Wica Agli co-founder, Aldo Seoane, also felt inspired by President Scott’s declaration and the actions being taken by Indigenous peoples in opposition to the Keystone Pipeline. “It is powerful to see so many of our Indigenous relatives take a strong stance in opposition to the Pipeline. The proposed route for the Pipeline passes through the Ogallala Aquifer, which is North America’s largest fresh water aquifer. In this and other ways, the Pipeline threatens Native and non-native ways of life. Lately there seems to be more awareness of Indigenous issues in the media, but the House vote illustrates the unwillingness to acknowledge Indigenous’ treaty rights. President Scott’s words remind us that these abuses of power are unacceptable.”
In a conversation with President Scott earlier today, the President informed members of Wica Agli that he would not be present to address the press on Monday, November 17 as inclement weather disrupted his travel. He also stated that due to the sensitive nature of his earlier statement, the tribe has requested that all statements—concerning this and all tribal affairs—be made by representatives of Tribal Council or by President Scott himself.
President Cyril Scott of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Oyate) will be holding a press conference call on November 17th at 12 pm EST. President Scott will be available to address the press in person on Tuesday Nov 18th in the evening and Wednesday day Nov 19th in Washington DC.
Press Call Information Date: November 17, 2014 Time: 12 p.m. EST Phone: 605-562-0020 Meeting ID: 598-387-200
For more information call Aldo Seoane, Wica Agli: 855-942-2669 Ext. 701