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Semi-truck hauling KXL equipment escorted off CRST “You are not welcome here” says tribal chairman

On Tuesday, June 6, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of TC Energy (formerly known as TransCanada) and the Trump Administration when it granted the dismissal motion and overturned a lower court injunction, giving way for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

According to the ruling, the previous injunction no longer applies because in March, the Trump Administration issued a new Presidential Permit for construction of the pipeline.

Construction equipment for the pipeline was observed being transported through Cheyenne River on Monday evening, June 10. Grassroots organizers quickly arrived to the Eagle Stop gas station in Eagle Butte and confronted the driver of the semi-truck.

According to a press release from CRST Chairman Frazier, “Once the vehicles were identified the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Police Department responded and escorted the vehicles off the reservation in the direction they had arrived.”

CRST Resolution Number 304-2012-CR requires that “any and all Keystone XL trucks and escort vehicles that drive onto our reservation be turned around immediately and go back the way they entered the reservation.”

Chairman Frazier later stated, “Any vehicles or personnel working on the Keystone XL pipeline are not welcome on this reservation. Unlike the United States we welcome free speech and concerned citizens standing up for the law. This is Sioux Territory, we will not stand for more encroachments and defilement of our land.”