The People of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe have been attacked by security dogs while protecting their sacred grounds by protesting against the construction of a $3.8 billion oil access pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois. Peata Melbourne spoke with Māori lawyer Kingi Snelgar who has been on the site in solidarity with the indigenous peoples over the past few days.
UPDATE: North Dakota Tribe’s Request to Stop Work on Pipeline Denied
According to ABC News ,The Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s attempt to halt construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline near its North Dakota reservation failed in federal court Friday, but three federal agencies asked the pipeline company to “voluntarily pause” work on a segment that tribal officials say holds sacred sites and artifacts.
The tribe, whose cause has drawn thousands to join its protest, had challenged the Army Corps of Engineers‘ decision to grant permits at more than 200 water crossings for Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners’ $3.8 billion pipeline, saying that the project violates several federal laws, including the National Historic Preservation Act, and will harm water supplies. The tribe also says ancient sacred sites have been disturbed during construction.
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington denied the tribe’s request for a temporary injunction in a 58-page opinion.
A post from The Facebook Page Urban Native Era states:
We are warriors #DakotaAccessPipeline | We will not stop until this pipeline is stopped.
Note* This is a traditional way of introduction of horses in the Lakota way. Still a peaceful protest happening to block the Dakota Access Pipeline
According to Native American Here ,Right now the largest Native American PROTECT (not PROTEST) in history is happening in the Dakota’s.
What’s going on? Well, the US Government is taking control of Native American lands and forcing them to allow oil developers to drill on their land and move oil via pipelines. From watching what happened with the Tar Sands of Canada, we can get a good glimpse at what the land will look like after they’re done with it.
The Tar Sands, Before and After
Running through a similar pathway as that of the well known failed Keystone XL project, the Bakken Pipeline would run across the Ogallala aquifer and the Mississippi rivers through sovereign Native lands.