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Response to TransCanada building a site south of Bridger

EAGLE BUTTE – Sometime before September 17th, 2018 TransCanada constructed a site on Highway 34/73 near mile marker 132 approximately 8 miles south of Bridger, SD. The small community of Bridger is home to Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes most westerly village and near the site of Naca Hehaka Gleska’s (Chief Bigfoot) last camp before being massacred by United States soldiers at Wounded Knee, South Dakota.

At this time the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is unaware of any opposition camps on the Cheyenne River reservation to TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline and has not authorized any camps within the exterior boundaries of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. The Tribe is asking any persons or entities to respect the village of Bridger and the surrounding area by not travelling or camping in the area without permission from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe remains adamant in opposition to the KXL pipeline and continues to support tribal members who wish to oppose this pipeline. The Keystone XL pipeline is planned to run through the Great Sioux Nation aboriginal homelands violating land set aside for unceded treaty territory. “The time is drawing near when we will begin yet another struggle with forces intent on taking treaty territory with government forces that have decided to treat us as enemies instead of friends.”-Chairman Harold C. Frazier.

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