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Big Oil & Gov Confronted by Poor Bear

Tom Poor Bear is one of the leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. Recently, at an Obama speech in Denver, he interrupted the proceedings to tell the President to block the Keystone XL pipeline and respect the Earth.

The seven billion dollar pipeline from Canada through over 1,700 miles of American land would transport an enormous amount of oil daily to refineries in the United States. It is likely there will be some oil spills from the pipeline and its construction will undoubtedly have some impact upon the land. Mr. Poor Bear said,

“We ask all indigenous people to join us in our plight to oppose the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline. We feel that Obama, in his position as President of the United States, should look at this issue very seriously because he also purports to represent us as indigenous peoples. So we are asking all indigenous peoples and Treaty Nations, as well as all other peoples who also respect our Mother, the Earth, to join our opposition and s top the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline. Through a unified effort, we will accomplish this task. As our great leader of our ancestral days, Crazy Horse, once said: ‘ You cannot sell the land your people are buried on. I believe today he would say: You cannot desecrate the land your people are buried on.” (Source:

The Secret Service told Tom Poor Bear and his group to leave the area where the speech was taking place, so they did peacefully.

It is important to note Poor Bear is defending the environment even though it is a tough economic period the country is experiencing, and unemployment is much, much higher in native american communities–as he knows well, and yet his commitment to the environment is still intact.

In tough economic times politicians start talking incessantly about jobs, because they know doing so will help them get votes; not because they have had a true long-term dedication to helping people.

How likely is it the Keystone XL Pipeline will be allowed with politicians saying it will be a ‘job creator’? If the fact British Petroleum could be drilling in the Gulf again soon is relevant, it appears the Keystone pipeline will be constructed and start transporting oil, and the environment will take a backseat to Big Oil, with the help of the federal government, once again.

Below is a video of Tom Poor Bear explaining some of his life history and work.

Image Credit:

Beth Steinhauer, Black Hills National Forest


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4:24PM PST on Jan 21, 2012


1:18PM PST on Nov 14, 2011

Thank you Poor Bear. I will share this video

9:26AM PST on Nov 11, 2011

Homo SAPiens. Poor Bear is well-named and articulate. Reason, justice, knowledge, truth never has amounted much to Homo SAPiens.

8:13AM PST on Nov 10, 2011

wish he could do comercials like the ones that used to make me cry when i was younger the indian one with iron eyes i think we need more native americans to be in the spotlight i think we all feel that they were cheated and they are they are the true keepers of the get the man an agent

5:06PM PST on Nov 8, 2011


3:19PM PST on Nov 8, 2011

I truly wish that the tar sands plan will be canceled. There seems little to gain from it. So much destruction...

1:47PM PST on Nov 8, 2011

Thank you for the information.

2:52PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

The greed of politicians and the oil companies is insatiable. They won't stop just because it will harm the environment. Money is more important to them then the environment or people's health and freedom.

10:33AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

When I read President Obama is supporting this, my heart sank.....

10:42AM PDT on Nov 5, 2011

Tom Poor Bear-Good on you!

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