The Dakota Access Pipeline: Native Americans defending their cultural heritage

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe claims the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota will threaten their water resources and sacred lands. According to BBC, the $3.7bn project, covering nearly 1,200 miles of land across fours states, will carry 470,000 barrels of crude oil per day; establishing a more efficient method of transport for crude between North Dakota and Illinois.

Native American groups claim that the DAPL proposal never carried out the proper review or consultations, as required under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Since April, many supporters have set up camps near the Missouri river in order to protest against the project. Throughout the following months, the confrontations between protesters and law enforcement officers have become increasingly violent in nature.

On December 4th, the US Army Corps of Engineers announced it would not grant permission for the pipeline to cross near Lake Oahe in the Standing Rock reservation; instead, they will look for alternative routes.

This is a huge victory for the Standing Rock tribe and Native American groups who, after centuries of continued mistreatment and abuses under US law, are still fighting for their rights and the protection of their cultural heritage.

Further information:

BBC here.
The GuardianĀ here.
New York TimesĀ here.

 

*Image: Stephanie Keith / Reuters

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