Antrim: Citizens back Standing Rock initiative 

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, January 05, 2017 6:37AM

A group of Antrim citizens are calling for a show of solidarity with the Standing Rock Dakota Sioux tribe against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

An article submitted by citizen petition to be included with this year’s warrant in Antrim asks that the town “proudly proclaim that We Stand With Standing Rock.”

Betsy Hallen of Antrim, one of those who signed the petition, said she hopes to draw attention to the issue, which has fallen off the radar for many since an announcement last month that the Army Corps of Engineers ordered a temporary stop to the pipeline construction until more environmental impact study and consideration of alternate routes could be done.

“It’s not over by far,” said Hallen. “I know that a lot of people are ‘Standing with Standing Rock,’ but a lot of people have lost sight of it, because they think it’s over. I think it should still be in people’s eyes, because it’s not over.”

Hallen said the group hopes that other towns will put the same or similar articles on their own ballots or warrants.

The article doesn’t ask for funds or any specific action by the town, but rather that “...our state and federal elected officials stop disregarding the laws of our country, honor all First Nations treaties, and remember that water is life for all of us.”

“Water is life,” said Hallen. “Without water, we can’t survive. Is there any other thing that you could think of that we couldn’t survive without?”

The article has been submitted for inclusion on the March Town Meeting warrant.