Governor Jack Dalrymple today said he hopes to meet soon with members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council.
Members of Dalrymple’s staff began today contacting Standing Rock Tribal Council members in an effort to schedule a meeting.
He says it’s part of an effort to find a peaceful resolution to the ongoing Dakota Access Pipeline issue and to rebuild strong, long-term relationships between the state and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
He says, “There is a great deal of outside influence at play surrounding the ongoing pipeline protests including the arrival of many out-of-state agitators, but it’s very important that we do not let this issue divide us as a state. The relationships that have built between the state and members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are important, and will continue to be important long after the pipeline issue is resolved.”
In a press release sent by the Governor’s office, they say Dalrymple and other state officials have remained in regular contact with tribal officials and protest camp leaders.
Dalrymple says he is asking for a meeting with the entire Tribal Council to focus on cooperation and good will. “I am asking the Standing Rock Tribal Council to meet with me so that we can work toward a resolution of the pipeline issue, but to also focus on maintaining the relationships that are very important to us all,” Dalrymple said.