Rosebud Sioux Tribe Prohibits Mega-Loads

ROSEBUD, South Dakota — On Wednesday morning, April 16th, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe passed a resolution prohibiting the mega-load trucks and other TransCanada Keystone XL transport vehicles from using Rosebud Reservation Highways. The mega-load trucks are carrying materials to extract and ship tar sands in Alberta, Canada.


Photo Credit: Lakota Voice 2014

The tribe has openly positioned itself against the Keystone XL pipeline, which runs by the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota and poses a threat to drinking water. Should the proposed pipeline break or leak, toxic bitumen would threaten the Missouri River and Oglala Aquifer, sources of drinking water and farmland irrigation that people in this region depend on for survival.

On Monday evening tribal members and police officers turned mega-load shipments around at the Rosebud Fuel Plaza, refusing them access to the reservation highways.

The resolution passed today reads “the Rosebud Sioux Tribe has taken a position and a stand against the proposed construction of the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline, a project to transport tar sands sludge from Alberta, Canada, through the Treaty territory of the Great Sioux Nation, based upon rights guaranteed by the 1851 and 1868 Treaties of Fort Laramie.

Activists in Idaho and Montana have also been fighting the mega-load shipments, with some success. Nez Perce tribal members successfully blockaded mega-load trucks on Highway 12 in Idaho, and in September of 2013 a federal judge ruled that  mega-loads could not take that route.

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe is hosting a spiritual camp in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline and inviting people to come pray that the project be rejected. You can read more about that on Fueling Dissent’s previous post.

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