Tribes defy North Dakota pipeline to protect waterways

Talisa Kupenga

E tū whakahē ana nga iwi taketake o Amerika ki te mahere a tētahi Kampune Hinu kia whakatakotoria he paipa kōhinu e toru ira waru piriona tāra te nui ki raro i te awa o Missouri. E anipā ana te iwi noho o Standing Rock kei tūkinohia tō rātou puna wai.

E ai ki tira nei, he kaitiaki rātou, ehara i te kaiporoteehi, ko te whainga kia pāoro ai a rātou nawe.

Executive Director of Honour the Earth Winona Laduke told Te Kāea, "The Enbridge Corporation is not a healthy corporation. They just lost a $7.9 billion pipeline project in Canada all of their permits were revoked. They just got a $177 million fine for the largest oil spill in American history. It was discovered that they purchased faulty pipes from Thailand and they do not know where the pipes are." 

Neke atu i te rua mano rima rau nga tangata e tū ngatahi ana i runga i te whakaaro kotahi, ara, kia whakakore te kaupapa paiapa hinu mai i te raki o Dakota ki Illinois. I te marama kua hipa, neke atu i te tekau ma rua nga tangata kua mauherea.

"They [police] have now removed the water tanks to ensure the people have nothing to drink. They have underestimated the support for this camp we have support all around the world. There are many tribes supporting and paying for water tanks to people who continue their resistance to Enbridge."

Ka noho tenei paipa e rua kiromita noaiho mai te pākainga o Standing Rock. Ko Missouri te awa roa ake i te raki o Amerika, koinei hoki te wai Māori mo nga iwi taketake i reira.

"This is the first time the drill came to our community and in the case of my tribe we fought that company off. We stopped them here and they announced that they were going there and so I said you cannot contaminate my relatives we will go fight you there too. We are very confident our people will outlast Enbridge.”

Kua whakatarewahia e te kōti i nga whakawākanga o tenei kēhī atu ki te tuawaru o Hepetema. Ki reira ka kite mena ka aukatia nga mahi a te hunga poroteehi.

"We always stand with the Maori people to protect their land and territory there as well and we appreciate the support so anytime you want to do a Haka for us to send Embridge back to where they came from you are welcome to come to our territory we would like your help."

Kua whakamutua nga mahi hanga paipa mo tenei wa, kia ea rāno nga take ki rō.