Photo credit: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Facebook page

Good news for Standing Rock, but the battle isn’t over

We must keep the momentum that led to the permit denial going

Earlier this week there was a big win in the fight against the destructive North Dakota Access Pipeline.

On Monday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — the people responsible for issuing permits for the project — denied an application to route the pipeline across the Missouri River. This means that the pipeline will not go across the sacred land of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

While this is clearly a victory, the battle is not over.

A response statement from Energy Transfer Partners said the corporations remain “fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion and fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe. Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way.”

The Trump administration could easily approve the project early next year. We must keep the momentum that led to the permit denial going.

Already more than 200 ActionStation members have pledged to visit their local Kiwibank and express their discontent with Kiwibank for their relationship with Citibank — the ringleader of the banks funding the destructive pipeline.

On Monday night, while receiving a Kiwibank Local Hero Award, our Co-Director Marianne Elliott continued to stand for Standing Rock by wearing a #NoDAPL t-shirt to the very formal occasion at Parliament:

Photo courtesy of Kiwibank

Kiwibank is one of New Zealand’s more ethical banks. They do not currently invest in coal, oil, or gas projects directly themselves. We’d love to see that policy extended to their international partnerships too.

With your outpouring of pressure, we believe this change is possible.

We’re not asking people to switch banks. We just want Kiwibank to stay true to their values and stop using the services of Citibank.

Here’s ActionStation community member Barbara’s account of her recent visit to Kiwibank in Birkenhead:

“I asked specifically to speak with the manager and she told me that the KB Head Office was aware of public disquiet and had issued a brief statement, saying that Kiwibank was raising the matter with Citibank.
I explained that I was considering shifting my accounts to Kiwibank, but would await developments before making a final decision, as I had no wish to deal with a company that funds dirty energy, imperils water supplies, and is therefore also complicit in the violent, racist human rights abuses occurring right now in Dakota.”

Here’s a message from Bill who visited Kiwibank in Whangarei:

“I went to Whangarei’s main Kiwibank, and asked to speak to the manager. Within five minutes I was speaking with [him] and stated my case regarding Kiwibank, Citibank and the Dakota Access Pipeline.
To my surprise, [he] had already heard about the problem. I indicated that he and I are both aware that Aotearoa / New Zealand has a relatively healthy social awareness about indigenous peoples, compared with the rest of the world. I insinuated that Citibank does not share that respect for tangata whenua and that it is important that Kiwibank divest itself from Citibank, to send a message to the American mega-buck moguls that we don’t like their position in the subjugation of the various tribes native to the pipeline area.
After the meeting, [he] also informed me that Kiwibank had produced a statement on Standing Rock on its FB page. I asked [him] what he will be doing, and, though he feels helpless, he did agree to at least inform his immediate manager that he was visited yesterday by a very concerned account-holder.”

We know the pressure on Kiwibank is working. Within 24 hours of launching this campaign, we got this response:

Screenshot from Kiwibank’s Facebook page

To ensure the North Dakota Pipeline Project is stopped once and for all we must cut off the funding.

Click here to join Bill, Barbara and 198 others by pledging to visit your local Kiwibank branch this December.

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