dying for oil: trucks killed seven native children and youths
The trucks of the oil and gas industry are responsible for the deaths of seven children and youths, while the oil and gas drilling is destroying the land, water and air at Fort Berthold, land of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, in North Dakota. Still, Three Affiliated elected tribal politicians continue to push for more death and destruction.
Those oil and gas semi-trucks have resulted in the deaths of seven children and youths in the past the three years, including two children who were three and five years old.
Speaking at the Rights of Mother Earth Gathering, Kandi Mossett, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, said the energy companies are spending money on propaganda in North Dakota, and her people are dying.
“They have billions of dollars to run campaigns with their propaganda.” Mossett said even though North Dakota is among the windiest states, the oil and gas industry continues to be the focus.“It is all about oil. People are dying where I come from, literally being killed by semi-trucks.”
Mossett said seven youths have been killed in the past three years, and two of them were only three and five years old. (Listen to the video below.)
She pointed out that the US and tribal officials are now talking about expediting the process.
Mossett was referring to the push by tribal officials to Congressional committees to expedite the oil and gas industry that is destroying the land, poisoning the water and air and killing the people.
US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced new initiatives in April to expedite the oil and gas industry, following a meeting with Chairman Tex Hall who has been pushing for more oil and gas drilling. Hall has also pushed to remove regulations for fracking.
The truth about the oil and gas expansion on tribal land in North Dakota, and the effect of tribal leaders pushing for more drilling, are among the most censored issues.
Listen to Kandi Mossett on this video from the open mic session at the gathering: