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Shout Out at the Iowa Utilities Board

  • 1375 East Court Avenue Des Moines, IA, 50319 United States (map)

Join Indigenous Iowa and Bold Iowa for a rally outside the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) at 1375 E. Court Avenue in Des Moines this Thursday, April 6 from 1:30 - 3:00. In addition to comments by organizers and a chance for people to speak out, Native drummers and singers will perform outside, to call attention to the many ways in which the Dakota Access pipeline is an affront to Native communities in Iowa, North Dakota and across the U.S.

Recently, Geri Huser, chair of the IUB, was criticized in news stories across the country for doing paid legal work that potentially involves a serious conflict-of-interest with her full-time responsibilities with the IUB. As chair, Huser is paid $130,000 annually. Yet records show she may have earned as much as $200,000 in separate legal work over the past two years. This is only the latest problem to surface about conflicts-of-interest among IUB members, along with dozens of concerns over the Board’s handling of its decision to authorize eminent domain to build the Dakota Access pipeline.

It’s important to continue to raise public awareness about the myriad of concerns about the workings of the IUB, which remains the subject of a lawsuit filed by landowners alleging the illegal use of eminent domain.

Speak out! Come and air your grievances about the IUB’s lack of oversight concerning the Dakota Access pipeline. Iowans need to continue to challenge problems we’ve seen and concerns about the cozy, questionable relationship between the IUB's political supporters and Energy Transfer Partners. We need to be heard so the world can know what a government-backed oil conglomerate is able to get away with in this country. Let’s continue to speak up and demand that in decisions like this, power needs to be given back to the people.