Standing Rock Sioux Fight Against the Dakota Access Pipeline
Since August of 2016, thousands of Native Americans and allies from across the country have converged to camp in and around the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota to oppose the construction of the multibillion-dollar Dakota Access oil pipeline. The pipeline, which would transfer crude oil to existing pipelines in Illinois, would come within a half-mile of the reservation and cross culturally significant ancestral sites. It would also run under the Missouri River, an important water source for the Standing Rock Sioux, which could be damaged if the pipeline were to erupt. Since the protests have started, pipeline security personnel have attacked peaceful protesters with clubs, dogs, tasers, pepper spray, rubber bullets, pepper spray, and a water truck spraying protestors in below freezing temperatures giving 167 people hypothermia.
After a federal judge in September 2016 rejected the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an injunction against the U.S. government over the Dakota Access pipeline, the Army, the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior responded with a joint announcement on December 4, denying an easement for construction until an environmental impact assessment was conducted by the Army Corps.
This has not stopped Dakota Access from continuing construction of the pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux Coalition plans to continue to protest until the pipeline is officially and permanently stopped.
In January 2017 President Trump issued an Executive Order instructing the Department of Homeland Security to commence immediate construction of a 1,900-mile long wall along the southern border with Mexico using existing federal funds to get it started.
On Feb 22nd the North Dakota State Police, with the help of the National Guard and Wisconsin state police, began evicting protesters from the main protest camps. Below is a video of the final Days of the Oceti Sakowin camp, near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, ground zero of the movement to stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
The pipeline was completed by April 2017 and its first oil was delivered on May 14, 2017.
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