Wells Fargo Bank Requests a Meeting with Standing Rock Elders

By Yessenia Funes Dec 02, 2016

After water protectors took direct action in Minneapolis yesterday (December 1) against a bank invested in the Dakota Access Pipeline, Wells Fargo representatives asked to meet with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe elders.

Approximately 10 #NoDAPL allies entered the Wells Fargo corporate offices around 7:30 a.m. CST demanding that the institution divest from the $3.78 billion project. With their arms locked similarly to how water protectors had attached themselves to construction equipment in previous actions, the pipeline opponents blocked bank employees from accessing the elevators of the building.

By 1 p.m. CST, news site Unicorn Riot tweeted an image of a letter that Jon R. Campbell, Wells Fargo head of government and community relations, had written in which agreed to meet with “a select group of tribal elders to discuss their concerns.”

The letter states:

We deeply value our relationships with tribal communities and consider these relationships a point of pride for our company. We have been supporting Native American Tribes across the country for more than 50 years and are committed to continuing to nurture these relationships long into the future.

The tribe has yet to issue a statement on the letter, but the Sacred Stone Camp Facebook page did share an image of it, noting that it was prompted by the closing of accounts and direct actions taken on November 30 and December 1.

These activities were a part of the movement’s Global Month of Action, where allies and supporters are encouraged to take action against banks invested in the project, as well as to call the sheriff offices responsible for deploying pepper spray, water cannons and other non-lethal weapons on water protectors.