Wells College presents a talk by Cody Two Bears, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council, titled “Mni Wiconi — Water is Life.” The event will take place at 12:20 p.m. on Monday, September 5, in the Cleveland Hall Auditorium (208) on the Wells College campus. This event is free and open to the public.
Cody Two Bears is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council, representing the Cannonball district. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is fighting to protect its waters and sacred places from negative impacts of the Dakota Access Pipeline project, a 1,168-mile long crude oil pipeline that will transport nearly 570,000 barrels of oil each day from North Dakota to Illinois.
The current proposed pipeline route crosses under Lake Oahe, just a half mile up from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, which serves as the drinking water source for thousands of area residents. The pipeline would also run through land considered sacred to the Tribe. The Army Corps of Engineers green-lighted sections of the project without fully satisfying the National Historic Preservation Act, various environmental statutes, and its trust responsibility to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Wells is committed to providing access to all events; anyone needing assistance should contact Marian Brown, Center for Sustainability and the Environment, at mbrown [at] wells.edu.