Willie Frank Jr. III, 7th Tribal Council Member, Nisqually Tribal Council, Olympia, Washington
Willie Frank is a member of the Nisqually Indian Tribal Council in Olympia, Washington. He is the son of famous Native American fishing activist Billy Frank, who helped secure fishing rights for the Nisqually Tribe in the 1960s and 1970s. Willie recently traveled to North Dakota to protest the oil pipeline being built, and gives first hand, eye witness information on recent events.
Oil companies have destroyed ancient Indian burial grounds thousands of years old, beaten up and assaulted people protesting the oil pipeline (including pregnant women and small children) and violated many state and federal laws. Protesters contend that the oil pipeline is unsafe and is being done without proper environmental protections, and in complete disregard of the numerous laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. 4321, and the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act, 25 U.S.C. 3003 et al.
The United Nations also called for a halt to the pipeline’s construction because it is seen as a threat to drinking water supplies and some of the sacred sites of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe – see: http://www.upi.com/UN-steps-in
September 30, 2016