Resolution Against the Dakota Access Pipeline and in Support of Human Rights
Standing Rock

Resolution Against the Dakota Access Pipeline and in Support of Human Rights

Whereas the California Faculty Association embraces environmental, racial and social justice; and

Whereas, the Dakota Access pipeline would carry 450,000 barrels of dirty oil per day over 1,100 miles from North Dakota to Illinois and cut through fragile wildlife habitat, environmentally sensitive areas, Native American sacred sites and ancestral lands; and

Whereas, the pipeline would cross under the Missouri River and threaten the drinking water of thousands of people should an oil spill occur; and

Whereas, pipeline protesters have been assaulted by private security contractors and their attack dogs in acts reflective of the tragic history of violence and occupation of Native American people and their lands; and

Whereas, the Army Corps of Engineers granted the Dakota Access Pipeline permits without adequate environmental review, public input and consultation with affected native nations; an

Whereas, the Dakota Pipeline project violates numerous treaties, laws and administrative mandates[1] and represents another failure by the federal government to fulfill its trust responsibility to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to protect their lands, human rights, health, security and sovereignty; and

Whereas, the continued consumption of fossil fuels threatens the very existence of the planet contributing to global warming and climate chaos; therefore

Be it resolved that the San Francisco State University Chapter of the California Faculty Association stands in solidarity with our indigenous brothers and sisters in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline;

And we demand that our elected representatives and federal agencies immediately and permanently halt construction of the pipeline.

[1] National Historic Preservation Act; Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act; Clean Water Act; National Environmental Policy Act; 1868 Treaty with the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Tribes; Executive Order Protecting American Indian Sacred Sites; Presidential Memorandum of Tribal Consultation; Secretarial Order Affirming American Indian Trust Responsibilities.

Adopted by the California Faculty Association-SFSU Executive Board on September 13, 2016.