SOCIETY TO PRESERVE INDIGENOUS RIGHTS AND INDIGENOUS TREATIES (S.P.I.R.I.T.) -- STATEMENT OPPOSING THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE

We as a group do hereby join with and urge all members of the Society to Preserve Indigenous Rights and Indigenous Treaties (S.P.I.R.I.T.) to unite in solidarity with brothers and sisters to resist the expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico; in keeping Mother Earth sacred and protecting our homelands, the homes and graves of our families and ancestors from desecration. S.P.I.R.I.T. hereby adopts the following:

Northern Alberta, the region that tar sands oil is extracted, is home to many indigenous populations and important parts of their cultural traditions and livelihood are coming under attack because of tar sands operations; and

Tar sands oil production is one of the most destructive strip mining techniques on earth and results in deforestation, habitat loss, ground water contamination, pillaging of native lands, and three times the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere than that of traditional oil.; and

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline is a project that would transport extremely toxic tar sands oil 1,700 miles from Alberta, Canada through the middle of the US heartland to the Texas Gulf coast for refining; and

Tar sands oil is amongst the dirtiest and carbon-intensive fuels on earth, and a spill along the pipeline’s route will be catastrophic for the environment, the residents in the region, fish and wildlife, and the food supply.; and

The Keystone XL pipeline would traverse six U.S. states and cross major rivers, including the Missouri River, Yellowstone, and Red Rivers, as well as key sources of drinking and agricultural water, such as the Ogallala Aquifer, which supplies two million Americans; and

The destruction of Mother Earth, our homelands and the desecration of sacred sites and ancestral grave sites are imminent; and

Numerous indigenous and native groups, supporters, organizations and American Indian Nations actively oppose the Keystone XL pipeline with scientists, environmentalists and supporting groups are opposing the Keystone XL pipeline; and

WE CAN STOP THE PROPOSED KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE BY STANDING TOGETHER IN SOLIDARITY AND UNITY.

The Society to Preserve Indigenous Rights and Indigenous Treaties (S.P.I.R.I.T.) is in opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and pledge to join with likeminded groups and individuals from this date forward to stop the pipeline; and

S.P.I.R.I.T. calls upon all members and supporters to join us by taking action now to call, write, e-mail, and personally stand with us to STOP THE PROPOSED KEYSTONE XL pipeline.

Migwetch, Aho, Ura, Yakoke, Wado, Mvto, Pilamaya!