The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline, which the tribe says would jeopardize its water supply and desecrate sacred ancestral lands. The $3.7 billion pipeline is intended to send up to 550,000 barrels of oil per day from North Dakota oilfields to an Illinois terminal.
“We don’t just have a right to come in and do what we want,” Miller told the CBC, citing an 1851 treaty.
The Sioux appeared to have won a victory over the weekend when the Army announced that its Corps of Engineers would seek an alternate route for the pipeline.
However, President-elect Donald Trump, a stockholder in the company building the nearly 1,200-mile pipeline that traverses four states, has expressed support for completion of the project.
“We need to respect one another,” Miller, who seeks election to head the national Unitarian Universalist Association, told the CBC.
“This is about caring deeply about the well being of our earth well into the future,” she said.