Archaeologists and Museum Directors Across the Country Support Protecting Standing Rock Sioux Burial Grounds
w letter sent to the Obama administration, over 1,280 museum directors, archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians expressed solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its fight against the Dakota Access pipeline and called on Obama to stop the destruction of sacred sites.
“We stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and affirm their treaty rights, tribal sovereignty, and the protection of their lands, waters, cultural and sacred sites, and we stand with all those attempting to prevent further irreparable losses.”
It is very unusual for museums to engage in advocacy. This shows the critical natural of this issue.
In addition to sign-on letter initiated by The Natural History Museum, the American Anthropological Association and the Society for American Archaeology have both released strong statements of their own denouncing the Dakota Access pipeline.