Here, by Chip Colwell.
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As a retired Warranted Site Acquisition Officer with the GOV I’m intimately familiar with NEPA, NHPA, NAGPRA, etc.
PRIVATELY FUNDED large scale infrastructure projects that are impacting vast landscapes are afforded a far greater leniency towards Environmental Stewardship when compared to PUBLICLY FUNDED projects of a similar nature. This is the fundamental impetus to the reckless irresponsible development of land that negatively impacts our Human and Natural Environment from its inception. This ugly legacy of which has not yet fully manifested itself.
Plagued with this purposefully beleaguered environmental oversight is coupled the Body Politic. In the state of North Dakota specifically, the State Historic Preservation Office is controlled by Political Appointees. Appointed by Governor Dalrymple who has BIG OIL as a close financially supportive ally. The System caters to corruption and all the social unjust behavioral elements that incestually accompany it.
The Colonial Mind is dis-eased. It is one of Dominion and Dominance. Conversely, the Indigenous Mind is one of Reverence and Respect. From the DAPL (Desecrators of Ancient Past Lives) emanates this Dis-Eased Mindset!
The DAPL is the quintessential contributor to the demise of the Natural and Human Environment. This material mindset of the dis-eased Colonial Mind will never grasp this understanding in order to comprehend the inevitable irreversible destruction it willfully inflicts upon Mother Earth, Turtle Island.
In SRST v Army corps (DC fed ct), the Mentz report noted that tribal agents were not allowed to survey the pathways of the oil pipeline. Instead, DAPL hired their experts who did not know the history of the lands, especially along the Missouri River where tribes lived for centuries.
Merits. The Army had a few memos to the tribe to ‘consult’. This was only lip service as no real consultation or tribal surveys took place. The trial judge bought the army corps version of factual events. This finding will be hard to overturn but is worth an appeal.
Next, a long shot is the NEPA claim in the present suit. The cumulative impact of the l,200 mile pipeline has been ignored. Meanwhile, the ND state police continue to batter and mace and arrest – jail people, 528 persons so far. Maybe world-wide attention will bring about changes in how private corporations can exploit the land and sacred sites such as in North Dakota.
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