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

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  • Anna Long Chase April 19, 2016   Reply →

    Proud of you young girl for taking the stand to Protest the Dakota Access Pipeline for future generations to come. Our bodies contain more 60% of water to contaminate our drinking water would destroy our people. Yes, Mni Wiconi ~~ “Water is Life”! Please don’t degrade our pristine Missouri River.

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