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Chief Carlos Whitewolf beat a small hand drum and sang a Native American prayer for Mother Earth in the cold January air in Hershey.
Many of the 50 or so other protesters outside the Hershey Lodge, where national Republican leaders attended a retreat, demonstrated against issues like the Keystone XL pipeline and climate change.
But Whitewolf, chief of the Northern Arawak Tribal Nation of Pennsylvania, was objecting to something more local. In nearby Lancaster County, it’s the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project.
FERC and Williams have also contacted federal- and state-recognized Native American tribes with ties to the area about the project. FERC asked tribes if they have any concerns about it and if they’d submit comments. Problem is, since Pennsylvania has no recognized tribes, none of the Native Americans contacted actually live in Pennsylvania.
Whitewolf, whose tribe is originally from the Caribbean and whose ancestors were relocated to the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Cumberland County more than a century ago, was angry because he was not directly contacted.
Statement via Facebook page for the Delaware Tribe:
The Delaware Tribe of Indians appreciates the recent attention brought to the potential injustice of pipeline construction near an important ancestral NAGPRA site. There are two distinct and different recognized Delaware people and a third Stockbridge Munsee. We all would have had to sign off on whether the construction of this pipeline would have had no adverse effects on our sites. The Delaware Tribe has never signed, nor were we consulted. The Delaware Tribe DID NOT sign. Thus, the company will violate federal law if they proceed. We have therefore STOPPED the project.
The pipeline cannot proceed through this area and there is no need for protest in this instance. If we feel that protest is warranted, we welcome the support. To further try and belittle and throw unfounded accusations against either Delaware Nation is unnecessary.
We have given protestors ample time and attention on our page because your voice mattered and brought awareness. Continued antagonism only alienates the very people whose ancestors were forcefully removed from Lancaster and we will respond accordingly. Thank you or as we say in our language, Wanishita.