The Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council
The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1770 kilometre long pipeline transporting 450,000 Barrel of oil per day – produced by the fracking method – from North Dakota to Illinois. The 3.7 billion dollar project is organised by the largest oil companies and banks in the world.
The Dakota Access Pipeline has been categorised as a national threat due to the danger of contaminating water sources – the pipeline crosses the largest river in the US, the Missouri, whose water is essential for millions of people. In spite of requests from the National Environmental Agency, the council of monument protection as well as the American Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Dakota Access Pipeline has not undertaken a comprehensive study of the environmental impact of the planned pipeline. Also, none of the indigenous tribes whose land the pipeline crosses, were consulted beforehand.
In March of 2016 water and environmental activists started peaceful protests, being joined by the “Standing Rock Sioux Tribe” as well as 100 other tribes from Canada and the US.
The police and military have spent 17 million dollars during the last months to stop the protests with ever increasing violence. Hundreds of police officers in full riot gear are taking action against the environmental activists with automatic rifles, dogs, tear gas, tasers, smoke grenades, shock grenades, rubber bullets and bulldozers. Over 400 protesters have been arrested so far and over 300 injured (many of them severely).
The Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council coordinates the distribution of resources, relief supplies and volunteer helpers between the different medical facilities and the “Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline Opposition camps”. The Amali Foundation supports the Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council with medicine and equipment as well as financial support.
"The massive investment in these pipeline infrastructure projects will be amortized over 50 to 75 years, and we need that capital to flow into renewables. This Standing Rock project is an atrocity. It is an absolute atrocity. And I wish that President Obama would step in before there is more violence out there against those—they call themselves water protectors. This is an embarrassment to our country. All those promises have been broken for so long. Using water cannons in subfreezing temperatures, that’s inhumane." (Al Gore)