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Democrats host forum on Dakota Access Pipeline on Capitol Hill | Live-stream Thurs. 1:30pm

With Republican lawmakers continuing to ignore the growing #NoDAPL movement, Democrats on Capitol Hill are taking matters into their own hands.

The Democrats on the House Committee on Natural Resources are hosting a forum on Capitol Hill on Thursday to look into the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. They have invited tribal leaders and youth to discuss their efforts to protect sacred sites and cultural resources.

“As Lakota people we know we have to protect our water for the sake of future generations, our children and children everywhere," said Harold Frazier, the chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, who will be among those testifying at the forum.

"We have seen how other communities have been shattered when the government fails to protect their water– the Navajo Nation downstream from the Gold King Mine leak and the little children of Flint, Michigan whose water was full of lead, not to mention the devastating impacts that result from oil spills and pipeline leaks all over this nation," Frazier said.

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Arizona), the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, went to the #NoDAPL encampment earlier this month to see the struggle first-hand. Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-California), the top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs, also visited the site, where thousands have gathered to resist the pipeline.

Grijalva and Ruiz have asked their Republican counterparts to convene a hearing on issues facing tribes and infrastructure projects but one hasn't been scheduled. The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hasn't taken interest either.

Thursday's forum -- titled "Taking a Stand: Protecting Water and Native American Sacred Sites and Cultural Resources at Standing Rock" -- takes place at 1:30pm Eastern in Room 210 of the Cannon House Office Building. It will be streamed live at bit.ly/2ddJTOs

Tribal witnesses who have been invited to testify include:
• The Honorable Dave Archambault II, Chairman, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
• The Honorable Harold Frazier, Chairman, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
• The Honorable Faith Spotted Eagle, Ihanktonwan Oyate Spiritual Leader and Elder
• The Honorable Wendsler Nosie, Councilman, Apache Stronghold
• The Honorable Gracey Claymore, Member, Standing Rock Youth Council


LIVE 9/22- Taking a Stand Protecting Water, Nat. American Sacred & Cultural Resources Standing Rock

Scheduled for Sep 22, 2016
The House Committee on Natural Resources-Democrats is holding a forum titled Taking a Stand: Protecting Water and Native American Sacred and Cultural Sites at Standing Rock. The forum will examine the Federal trust responsibility to tribes, tribal sovereignty, and treaty obligations; the moral and legal obligations to protect sacred sites and Native American cultural resources; and access to safe drinking water on Standing Rock tribal land and environmental justice.

Standing Rock Sioux Chairman addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva

Published on Sep 20, 2016
David Archambault II, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman, addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, today to garner international opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the reservation.

Thank You For Listening | Terry Yellowfat and Dr. Harriett Skye

Terry Yellowfat and Dr. Harriett Skye provide some historical context about the Missouri River and Native Peoples.

Photos: Bernie Sanders at Working Families Party Gala - Sept 15 - NYC

And the crowd goes wild for the man of the hour - BernieSanders

"Donald Trump is running his campaign based on bigotry."

"At the end of the day, nobody does it for you. You need to stand up and fight" Bernie Sanders

"Our major crisis is all the systems of the establishment have told us to think small"

Bernie Sanders urges NYers who vote for Hilary Clinton to vote for her on the @WorkingFamilies ballot line.

Don't let anyone tell you we can't create a decent quality of life for everyone in the US

Do not let anyone tell u we cant transform this country&create a good decent quality life 4 every man woman& child.

"There are more billionaires then ever before & they want more. But we tell them today, they aren't gonna get more"

The time will come when health care will be a right for everyone. Sooner than later it will come

"The time is gonna come sooner than later when the bloody drug companies are not going to continue to rip us off"

Bernie Sanders Speaks at #NoDAPL Rally at the White House Sept 13

Published on Sep 13, 2016


Photos: NoDAPL Rally Washington DC Sept 13 2016

Full Speech: Bernie Sanders with Rights & Democracy in NH | Labor Day Sept 5, 2016

Published on Sep 11, 2016

Photos: Hawaiians arrive at Standing Rock

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