CANCELLED - Lecture: The Keystone XL Pipeline and the Protection of Native American Lands
October 11, 2012 - 1:30 p.m. - S401 Pappajohn Business Building
Office of Sustainability
This lecture has been cancelled due to a medical emergency and may be rescheduled for a later date.
Tom Poor Bear is the Vice President of the Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota Nation and a longtime American Indian activist. He is a leader in the Native American opposition to the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry tar-sands crude-oil mined in Alberta, Canada, 1,700 miles across the Great Plains to Gulf Coast refineries. The Oglala Lakota argue the pipeline not only violates territorial rights granted to them in the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty but puts their water resources at great risk. The proposed pipeline would cross several important rivers and streams as well as the Mni Wiconi water pipeline, which pumps water from those sources to the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations. Vice President Poor Bear grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and has for many years held political leadership positions within the Oglala Lakota Nation.
He will give a lecture on Thursday, October 11, titled "The Keystone XL Pipeline and the Protection of Native American Lands." The lecture will be in Room S401 in the Pappajohn Business Building, University of Iowa.