The Society has taken a stand in support of those working to prevent the construction of a natural gas pipeline adjacent to the reservation of the Standing Rock Sioux. The statement, recently approved by the Executive Committee, will be submitted to the LSA membership for a formal vote via electronic ballot in the next few weeks. The Society welcomes feedback from LSA members at the upcoming Business Meeting to be held January 6, 2017 at the JW Marriott hotel in Austin, Texas. The statement was drafted by members of the LSA's Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation (CELP).

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Statement on the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Sioux Nations at Standing Rock

The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) has since its founding been committed to the study and preservation of Native American languages and cultures and recognizes its indebtedness to Native American communities for advancing the scientific study of language through the sharing of time, talents, and cultural treasures, for which researchers have not always adequately or appropriately given recognition.

We as linguists are deeply concerned about the disturbances to cultural autonomy, sacred spaces, and traditional ways of living which will be impacted by construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, as well as the imminent threat the Pipeline poses to the environmental safety of residents of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation by endangering the essential life-sustaining commodity of clean water from the Missouri River, and see this disruption as having far reaching consequences to the social fabric and linguistic continuity of this community.

The Linguistic Society of America hereby declares its support for the peaceful, sustained and strong resistance to the building of the Dakota pipeline. With this statement we formally stand with Chairman Archambault of the Standing Rock Sioux and the many tribal entities and Indigenous groups from around the world who have joined forces with the Sioux Nations at Standing Rock in resisting this harmful development project.