The letters

Tariq: “We need to think of generations to come.”

Dear Assistant Secretary Darcy & The Army Corps of Engineers,

My Name is Tariq Brownotter, I am 16 years old I live in Bullhead, SD. I am currently a junior at McLaughlin Public High School.   I am an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

I enjoy playing basketball. It’s my go to hobby, whether it maybe a intense state game, a local tournament or just running game’s at open gym. After I’m all done playing there’s one thing that I always need, Water! Water is so important to us, it’s one of our basic necessities. It’s not just one of those things we can replace with something else. When or if we lose that amount of water it’s not just us losing out on it, it’s also future generations to come who will be affected. Our grandchildren and great grandchildren shouldn’t have to suffer because of this. In the future they shouldn’t have to pay an arm and a leg for water or be denied water because it would be so scarce. We need to think of our generations to come. The supporters of the pipeline really need to thing this through and think of their families.   With this letter I really hope it will open the eyes of those who are in support of the pipeline.

Please carefully consider my thoughts and concerns as they are the concerns of a Native American teen who is a non-supporter of the pipeline from one of the reservation you could potentially poison. With that being said I thank you kindly for taking the time to listen to what I have to say.

Thank You,

“Pilámayayé”                                                                                                                                                Tariq Brownotter

Anna Lee: “Mni Wiconi: Water is Life.”

Dear Assistant Secretary Darcy & The Army Corps of Engineers,

My name is Anna Lee Rain YellowHammer. I’m 13 years old and I am an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. I lived all my life in Fort Yates, North Dakota. I play basketball for Standing Rock Middle School and I am also on the Student Council.

I am writing this letter to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. My great grandparents are originally from Cannon Ball, North Dakota where the pipeline will cross the Missouri River. They lived along the Missouri River all their life. They raised gardens, chickens and horses. I want to be the voice for my great grandparents and my community and ask you to stop the building of the Dakota Access pipeline. If the pipeline breaks the oil will spill on the ground and into the water. Grass, crops, trees and animals will not be able to grow and live because of the oil. People will not be able to drink from the river or use the water. The time and the cost to clean up oil spills will take years and probably millions of dollars. Water to Native American people is the first medicine. Mni Wiconi: water is life.

SAY NO TO THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE AND SIGN OUR PETITION.

Anna Lee Rain YellowHammer
Standing Rock Middle School

Anastasia: “If the pipeline breaks you can’t do anything about it.”

Dear Assistant Secretary Darcy & The Army Corps of Engineers,

I am a youth from the teen center of the Boys and Girls Club on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. My name is Anastasia White Mountain and I’m 16 years old. I’m from Bismarck, ND originally from Eagle Butte, SD and live in McLaughlin, SD.

I have a heart for running and playing basketball. In the summer I dance at the powwows and participate in community activities.

I am writing this letter from preventing the XL pipeline from being build.

It’s important by helping people grow food and most important for the people and animals. You need it for everything. In general people need it to survive.

A lot of thing could go wrong. Like, if farmers don’t have water, they aren’t going to be able to grow crops. People won’t be getting food. Everything would change.

I would say don’t do it. If the pipeline breaks you can’t do anything about it. Your soils no good and your water would be no good. You’re just making more problems for our community.

That hopefully this pipeline will not be built for the safety of this community. Our water isn’t the best, we don’t’ need it to be worse.

Anastasia White Mountain

Emma: “My dad has land and soon it will be mine.”

Dear Assistant Secretary Darcy & The Army Corps of Engineers,

My name is Emma Jayne Lester and I’m 13 years old. I’m from Cannonball, ND Standing Rock Reservation. I like to go fishing. If the water is bad, so are the fish. So, what’s the point of even having summer?

I am writing this letter to say my dad has land and soon it will be mine, but by the time I get it, it will be wrecked by the Dakota Access Pipeline.

I am protesting the Dakota access pipeline. Water is important because it keeps me clean and if I don’t have water I’m going to look like Pig Pen from “Charlie Brown” and I’m going to stink.

Sincerely,

Emma Jayne Lester

Solen high school student

Veronica: “Even a small chance of pipes breaking is too risky.”

Dear Assistant Secretary Darcy & The Army Corps of Engineers,

My name is Veronica, I am a 14 year old student at Solen High School. I live in Cannonball ND and I’m protesting the Dakota Access Pipe line.

What I would do if I didn’t have any water is probably die because most of us are made up of 72 percent of water. If we don’t have water, the animals would die. No animals means no food and no food,which leads to starvation and starvation leads to death and death means DEAD!

The pipeline would affect us because the waters would be toxic and then the animals would drink it. Like I said, no animals lead on to death and if the pipes do break, then we wouldn’t have any water. Also, If the workers came from jail or prison and they might still do what they did and I don’t want that to happen or for them to be in our/ my community. Even a small chance of pipes breaking is too risky.

Sincerely,

Veronica

Solen School Student

 

Alice Mae Iron Road: “Who is the person that made up this awful idea?”

Dear Jo-Ellen Darcy & The Army Corps of Engineers,

My name is Alice Mae Iron Road and I am a 14-yr-old girl who is in 8th grade. My Mexican name is Alica Rocha. I live in Cannon Ball, ND and I am going against the Dakota Access Pipeline because it will kill nature and it will get inside our drinking and bathing water. That’s not right.

Putting the pipes through our river will kill us because it’s our drinking water and how can we survive without water? Our animals drink from there and bathe in that water. Take our water, and you will take lives.

To the people who are helping to build the pipes, I would ask you why? Why are you helping to take away our water? I know you just want the money and everything but do you really want people hating you because you are helping to build the pipelines? Building the pipelines in the middle of our river is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard in my life. Who is the person that made up this awful idea? I think as a teen they should take the pipeline away to somewhere else and we can continue as we were before. I also heard from the radio that drugs will be coming in from the construction workers and we don’t need that. Our children will be in danger.

Sincerely,

Alice Mae Iron Road

8th grade Solen School Student

Tomi: “We use water every day for a lot of things”

Dear Jo-Ellen Darcy & The Army Corps of Engineers,

Hello my name is Tomi. I am from Kenel, South Dakota, but I go to Solen High School. I am writing this letter because I am protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. I live in Cannonball.

If you are thinking of putting this pipeline down, then you are endangering a very large amount animals and even humans. What will happen if there is a large crack in the pipe and a very big amount of oil spills out? The answer is, there will be too much oil that spilled that it can get in the water and animals will die. Do you think that putting down a pipeline that can break and make all sorts of animals suffer is the best idea?

Our water is very important to all of us, even the people that are building the Dakota Access Pipeline. I hope that you will take this letter to mind. I seriously hope that you are now thinking of NOT putting down the pipeline.

Sincerely,

Tomi Levering

Solen School Student

Rasheed: “We drink it and we fish in it.”

March 30, 2016

Dear Jo-Ellen Darcy & The Army Corps of Engineers,

My name is Ra’sheed Weasel I am in eighth grade and I am fourteen years old. I am really tall, 6’0, and I play varsity basketball. I am protesting Dakota Access Pipeline.

The water is important because we drink it and we fish in it. Building this pipeline could kill trillions of people and animals. I hope you stop building the pipeline, please and thank you.

Sincerely,

Rasheed Weasel

Solen School Student

Naomi: “If you have an oil spill, I have dirty water to drink. I want it clean”

March 31, 2016

Dear Jo-Ellen Darcy & The Army Corps of Engineers,

Hi, my name is Naomi Alberts, aka Nomi, and I am 13 years old. I am from Fort Totten, ND and now I live in Cannon Ball, ND. I like to play sports and listen to music. I am writing this letter because I am against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Water is important to me because I use it for sports, I need it for my workouts and for my gym classes. If I don’t have water, I might die.

I won’t like when (if you have an oil spill) I have dirty water to drink. I want it clean. There will be toxic oils in the water that we drink if that pipeline is built.

Sincerely,

Naomi Alberts

Solen School Student

Lannelle: “It could kill Mother Nature if we don’t have water.”

April 1, 2016

Dear Assistant Secretary Darcy & The Army Corps of Engineers,

Hello, my name is Lannelle Plenty Chief I am 4’9 and I’m 13 years old. I was born in Dunseith and moved to Cannon Ball North Dakota. My favorite color is blue and white. I cannot listen to sad stories without crying. I’m a female and I am protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline because it could kill the environment.

Water is important to me and everyone else. The animals could die because of oil spills. We need our water and animals to help us live. I want to protect our water from the pipeline, before it’s too late. It could kill Mother Nature if we don’t have water. Please don’t make the pipe line.

I would like to say to the DAP builders that they don’t need it because if it breaks we will not have water any more. I need the water so please don’t build the DAP. It’s not too late to change your mind, think of the animals. I hope this letter will change your mind to keep the animals alive so don’t make the DAP. PROTEST the DAP.

Sincerely,

Lannelle plenty chief

Solen middle school student

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