WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, by majority vote, issued an official statement regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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Commission Chair Martin R. Castro stated, "The issue of the pipeline is not just about the pipeline alone, but rather it is about the entire relationship between the United States and sovereign Indian Nations, their rights, traditions and religious beliefs. As we prepare our civil rights report on this relationship we call on Congress to make it a priority to address the problems in Indian country by holding its own hearings to hear from Native leaders about the unmet needs and unmet promises owed to Native Americans by the United States of America."
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with advising the President and Congress on civil rights matters and issuing a federal civil rights enforcement report. For information about the Commission, please visit http://www.usccr.gov and follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/usccrgov
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SOURCE U.S. Commission on Civil Rights