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SRST Council Diverts #NoDAPL Funds

BY BRANDON ECOFFEY
LCT EDITOR


Standing Rock Sioux President Dave Archambault Standing Rock Sioux President Dave Archambault FORT YATES—The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council has released a statement regarding its decision to allocate funding sent in as donations to the tribe during efforts to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Several votes made by the SRST council have run afoul of water protectors over the course of the last few months. A recent decision by the council to allocate funding sent to the tribe by donors that many thought was intended for the protector camps has sparked outrage on social media.

In response to the criticism the council released a statement outlining what it had done with the money and its reasoning for doing so.

“At this time, we have allocated a portion of the funds to rebuilding our economy & servicing our responsibilities, especially those investments in jobs, youth and elder programs,” said the statement.

The statement also said that, “While this movement has benefits Native rights nationwide especially regarding infrastructure projects, at this time our tribe has born the brunt of the costs.”

The council sited the destruction of a bridge that they say has hurt local businesses. The council also claimed that there were several mechanisms set up to receive donations and that some monies were donated to the tribe for whatever they use they felt fit.

(Contact Brandon Ecoffey at editor@lakotacountrytimes.com)

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