Mountain Valley Pipeline and Sioux Spiritual Sites

BREDL and Sioux Tribal Historic Preservation Officers filed a motion in D.C. Court Monday stating that the Mountain Valley Pipeline threatens areas claimed by Sioux as having spiritual significance.

“The linguistic and historic connection between the Sioux of Appalachian/Piedmont Virginia and the western Sioux tribes legitimizes the desire on the part of the Cheyenne River and Rosebud Sioux Tribes to participate in the Section 106 process for the MVP as, indeed, the MVP study area is one of the places where their forebears resided in the distant past.”

The relationship of the Cheyenne River and Rosebud Sioux tribes to Appalachian/Piedmont Virginia is precisely the type of relationship addressed by the National Historic Preservation Act when it says,

“The circumstances of history may have resulted in an Indian tribe now being located a great distance from its ancestral homelands and places of importance.”

The fact that Sioux tribes lived in the MVP project area was confirmed by research conducted in April by BREDL and Preserve Montgomery County VA. That research was submitted in an April filing to FERC

Many know there are a disproportionate number of Indigenous people in the “Water Protection” movement. Perhaps there is a disproportionate number of pipelines on Native land. Keystone, DAPL, MVP, Bayou Bridge, Line 3, Line 5…………and at least 20 more.

Today, US FERC allows Mountain Valley Pipeline to resume construction on most of the gas pipeline’s route.

We stand in solidarity with the several camps “in place now” and those coming soon. Water is Life!


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