Under a resolution being proposed at a Dane County Board meeting, Dane County would go on record as being against the Dakota Access Pipeline project.
Dane County Executive Joe Praisi worked with Supervisor Al Matano on the resolution that supports the rights of the Standing Rock Sioux and others to protect their cultural heritage, their lands and the nation’s natural resources, according to a release. The resolution calls for the revocation of the permit to construct the pipeline.
“The Dakota Access Pipeline project poses unnecessary harm to sacred burial grounds of the Standing Rock Sioux in spite of federal treaty agreements,” Parisi said in the release. “Thousands of individuals from all walks of life, including most recently thousands of American military veterans, have gathered to stand in solidarity opposed to the project despite adverse cold and snow and in the face of threats of arrests or forcible removal. I agree with the demonstrators that the permit allowing the pipeline crossing should be revoked.”
Dane County has been a leader in preserving and protecting the burial sites of this region’s indigenous people, according to the release. In partnership with the Ho-Chunk Nation, the county completed a countywide inventory of burial sites in 1992.
The resolution will be proposed in the next two weeks, and then committees will consider it during the next couple of weeks, officials said. The full board is expected to take up the proposal in January.