Two weeks ago, our Lakota Law team rallied on the steps of the Capitol Building in Bismarck and issued the call for North and South Dakota to embrace renewable energy. Joined by a host of eloquent speakers, we made the call for a more responsible way of life. It’s time for the Dakotas to get off of coal and go green. We’re doing it at Standing Rock — and we invite the surrounding states to follow our lead.
Chase Iron Eyes joined me in delivering 20,000 signatures from supporters like you to our government leaders, petitioning them to adopt standards requiring our utility companies to provide at least 50 percent renewable energy by 2030.
The same weekend as our rally, our partners at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology worked with us to host a second energy summit at Standing Rock. More than 100 sustainability experts and advocates from all over the country came to hear our vision and help us move forward into a green future.
We’ve completed energy assessments on half our districts at Standing Rock, and we’ve written proposals to reduce the tribe’s carbon footprint and reroute funds to much-needed social programs. One priority project, a building in Long Soldier District, will save the tribe $1.5 million dollars if we install new lighting and solar there. Ultimately, our plan is to create a microgrid to give ourselves true energy independence.
Standing Rock is ranked fifth in the nation among tribal nations for wind and solar potential. Our moment is now. Please stay with us as we press ahead toward a brighter future for our children, and for all the Earth’s children.
Pilamaya — Thank you for your friendship and your support.
Lakota People’s Law Project Organizer