Wells Fargo has told tribal elders from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe that it’s willing to meet with them before year-end to talk about the bank’s role in the Dakota Access Pipeline, which has been the target of an ongoing protest by the tribe and others.
The San Francisco-based bank is one of more than a dozen major financial institutions with investments in the pipeline, including Citigroup and Charlotte-based Bank of America. Bank of America’s involvement drew protesters in Charlotte in September.
In a letter that some recipients posted on Twitter, Wells Fargo, which has its biggest employee hub in Charlotte, offered to hold a meeting with a “select group of tribal elders” before Jan. 1 and said it respects “all the differing opinions being expressed in this dispute.”
In a statement provided to the Observer, Wells said the company is “committed to environmental sustainability and human rights” and that it hopes “all parties involved will work together to reach a peaceful resolution.” Reuters reported on the Wells Fargo letter on Friday.