For the past several months, news reports have been full of stories about the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). All of us have seen the protestors gathering, the atrocities committed by the police, National Guard and a security firm on those same protestors, and even a few familiar faces among the protestors.
Despite a recent request by the Army Corps of Engineers for a stop on building the pipeline while they investigate claims on the environment, and in particular on Reservation land, this issues seems far from over. With this issue still making headlines, I felt like it was high time I went back and reviewed what has happened so far. Having the story condensed into a series of posts may spur on more people to keep up the fight for clean water, and open a few more eyes to what these protestors have endured already in a country we are constantly touting as “free” for all citizens.
In a time where the recent election of Trump has brought a lot of hidden racism and bigotry to the forefront, we need to support these Standing Rock Sioux more than ever. Our past is laden with atrocities toward people of any color (including, but by no means limited to, Native Americans). It’s time to put an end to that. Hopefully, Standing Rock will become a defining moment in our history, a point where we can look back and realize this was one of those moments where we as US citizens all stood together for something important. If enough of us join together for this cause, maybe our future can be something we can all look forward to, rather than just more of a past we are ashamed of.
“National Day of Action”
Protestors took to the streets across the country on November 15th for a National “Day of Action” to show their support for Standing Rock. Hundreds of protestors gathered peacefully in cities across the country, from Chicago to Los Angeles, to show their support. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. spoke at Standing Rock, while Bernie Sanders spoke at a protest in Washington, DC and Susan Sarandon spoke at a protest in Los Angeles.
At about the same time, the Army Corps of Engineers said it needed more time to study the impact of the proposed pipeline.