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Sioux leader to speak on Dakota Access Pipeline Feb. 16


David Archambault, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, will present a talk, “Standing Rock: The Violation of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights,” Thursday, Feb. 16, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 146 Stocking Hall.

As leader of the nation, Archambault has opposed the Dakota Access Pipeline, spoken on indigenous rights before the Human Rights Council of the United Nations and written for the New York Times. He recently was named by Foreign Policy magazine as a Global Thinker of 2016 for his stewardship of the Dakota/Lakota homeland.

The talk is sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources as part of its 2017 Spring Seminar Series on the theme of hope, according to faculty host Karim-Aly S. Kassam, International Associate Professor of Environmental and Indigenous Studies, Department of Natural Resources and American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

“It is chairman Archambault’s key obligation to protect and conserve the lands, waters and culture of his peoples,” Kassam said. “It is our role as students and faculty to directly engage communities by learning about their concerns and sharing our knowledge. This is how we, together, engender hope and wise stewardship.”

The seminar is cosponsored by Cornell’s American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program and the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs.

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