"Tar Sands Action Day 14: Canadian Native And American Indian Leaders Arrested During Protests On Indigenous Day Of Action"
As the protests against the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline continued in front of the White House, police arrested leaders from American Indian tribes and the Canadian First Nations today. Deb White Plume, a Lakota grassroots leader from South Dakota, said her people worried about the pipeline potentially contaminating surface water and the Ogallala aquifer, about which Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) has also voiced concerns. Chief George Stanley, regional chief of Alberta, said the First Nations of Alberta were concerned about the lack of consultation of the pipeline and tar sand expansion. “President Obama can do what’s right,” he said. “The President’s approval of this pipeline is not in the national interest of US or Canada.”