Task force looking into security, pipeline protesters' clash

"It is necessary for the Snoqualmie Tribe to support Standing Rock's fight", said Councilman Steve de los Angeles of the Snoqualmie Tribe. "But the oil companies and the government of the United States have failed to respect our sovereign rights", Archambault told the council.

To show solidarity, more than a dozen local tribe members are packing up and driving down there.

The letter states that the construction work destroyed "ancient burial sites, places of prayer and other significant cultural artifacts sacred to the Lakota and Dakota people". "We are gathering at the Sunoco headquarters because they are the largest owner in this pipeline that will [destroy] sacred and environmentally sensitive land".

Archambault said the pipeline violates the UN's declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples and called on the United Nations to use its "influence and global platform" to help the tribe.

Archambault also formally invited Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the U.N, 's Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to visit Standing Rock - a visit that would require approval from the Obama administration. The underground pipeline would traverse both federally-managed and private lands in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and IL.

There are an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 in the camp, with several thousand more on weekends, according to Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II.

The proposed 1,100-mile pipeline would pump 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day across the Missouri River just upstream from the mouth of the Cannon Ball River, which flows through the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

The task force will also review actions of protesters. Those there call themselves protectors, not protesters.

"We stand here to put up a fight and not have this in Iowa", Davenport said.

The Dakota Access Pipeline, pictured under construction on Friday, July 29, 2016, in northwest North Dakota, is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.

Spokesmen for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers were not immediately available for comment.

The purchase of the ranchland will allow ETP to better access its construction sites and the pipeline, when it is finished.

Archambault told NBC News that the trip to Geneva was facilitated by the Indian Law Resource Center, a US -based non-governmental organization that has consultative status at the Council.

"I know we have to do it, but it's not right, and the lack of federal involvement is disgusting", House Majority Leader Al Carlson said before the six-member Emergency Commission unanimously approved the line of credit.

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