On December 13th, President elect, Donald Trump, announced
that he has officially selected Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State
for his cabinet.
Tillerson is the CEO of Exxon Mobil, which has been
under investigation by several state attorney general for fraud and
for hiding scientific evidence about the risks of climate change.
Tillerson has no previous experience in foreign policy.
On the same day news outlets reported that Donald Trump
is also planning to appoint Rick Perry, former Governor of Texas, as
the Secretary of Energy. Rick Perry is on the board of directors for
Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of the Dakota Access
The following is a statement from the Indigenous
“These repugnant selections only
demonstrate that President-elect Trump is more concerned with
securing the unsustainable future of a fossil fuel economy than
protecting the future generations of Mother Earth and humanity. Trump
will place our land, water, and communities on the chopping block for
the false benefit of capitalism, with its regime of the privatization
of Life. We as grassroots Indigenous communities stand by our
convictions to defend the sacred and demand the recognition of our
inherent rights, by any means necessary, in line with our original