As Dakota Access Pipeline construction quickly approaches the Missouri River, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies are vowing to continue their resistance against the pipeline—standing strong despite the violent arrests and inhumane treatment by police, and continued threats from government and industry forces.1,2,3
The pipeline project threatens the water supply for millions of people, destroys sacred sites, and contributes to climate pollution. Thousands of indigenous Americans are putting their lives on the line to stop it and protect their land.
It can seem like there isn’t much we can do to help while we’re sitting thousands of kilometres away in New Zealand. However, Citibank are the ringleaders of the bank's funding this destructive pipeline. And they have a branch in Auckland.
Billions of dollars of corporate investments are held by Citibank in New Zealand and help to prop up the pipeline.4, 5
By going after the money, and pressuring Citibank to ditch its stake in the project, we can help those putting their life on the line at Standing Rock for their sacred place.
Take action by sending Citibank a quick message now! It is sustained public pressure that will do the most good.
The battle over Dakota Access Pipeline explained, Brad Plumer, Vox, Oct 31st 2016
'All-Out War' in North Dakota as Police Arrest 141 Water Protectors, Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams, Oct 28th 2016
North Dakota pipeline activists say arrested protesters were kept in dog kennels, Sandy Tolan, LA Times, Oct 28th 2016
Citibank, N.A. New Zealand Bank and Associated Banking Group Disclosure Statement, CitiBank, 30 June 2016
VIDEO: Who is funding Dakota Access?, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!, Sep 9th 2016