Wells Fargo offers to meet with tribal elders over protested pipeline in North Dakota

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.

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