Utah lawmaker files resolution seeking halt to Dakota pipeline

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SALT LAKE CITY — A state lawmaker has filed a resolution calling for a halt to construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

“The recent events at Standing Rock are unconscionable,” said Rep. Angela Romero, D-Salt Lake City. “This resolution embodies the compassion and values of Utah. It shows our concern for those whose lives and environment are directly threatened by the pipeline.”

The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux are fighting the project because they fear it will harm drinking water and Native American cultural sites.

The resolution, drafted with the help of the Utah League of Native American Voters, emphasizes respect for and protection of tribal sovereignty. It asks for legal, administrative and legislative efforts, including intervention from the Obama administration, to stop pipeline construction to ensure the protection of tribal waters, lands and sacred places.

The Utah Legislature will consider the resolution when it meets in January.

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