Native Americans Put GOP On Notice: Keystone Pipeline Is ‘An Act Of War Against Our People’ (VIDEO)

With Mitch McConnell prepared to take control of the Senate and honor his promise to Big Oil by pushing the passage of a bill for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, the battle lines are already forming.

Sending a 2015 New Year’s message, Native Americans, along with environmental groups, took to the streets of Washington to tell President Obama and the GOP-controlled Congress that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will be an “act of war.”

Photo courtesy of thehigherlearning.com

Photo courtesy of thehigherlearning.com

Cyril Scott, president of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has already declared:

“The Rosebud Sioux Tribe will not allow this pipeline through our lands. We are outraged at the lack of intergovernmental cooperation. We are a sovereign nation and we are not being treated as such. We will close our reservation boarders to Keystone XL. Authorizing Keystone XL is an act of war against our people.”

Vowing to take action to stop the pipeline, Scott stated:

“We’re going to do everything within our powers to protect our homelands, our people, and as I said, our children and grandchildren – your children and your grandchildren.”

As part of this recent demonstration against the threatened passage of this legislation, leaders of the protest issued a statement:

“Keystone XL Pipeline is not in the national interest, has the potential to contaminate the nation’s largest freshwater aquifer, and puts the lives of all people who live along its path in serious danger.”

Photo courtesy of mic.com

Photo courtesy of mic.com

While McConnell and his cronies may pay lip service to the concerns of Native Americans, one thing is certain: A bill will be sent to the President authorizing the construction of a pipeline that only benefit Big Oil at the expense of the American people.

While President Obama has already stated that this controversial project will not benefit U.S. citizens, once the bill arrives on his desk, the President will have the opportunity to fulfill his own promise to use his pen to veto legislation that was plainly not in the best interests of the country.

Native Americans are counting on you, President Obama, to take a stand. We are all counting on you.

Here’s the video of the New Year’s protest in Washington:

Here’s the video telling Congress that the Keystone XL Pipeline is “an act of war.”