What’s the Big Deal? #NoDAPL

Here’s what the DAPL site says about the pipeline:  “The Dakota Access Pipeline Project is a new approximate 1,172-mile, 30-inch diameter pipeline that will connect the rapidly expanding Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois.”  According to the company, this pipeline  will reduce the number of trucks/trains needed to transport oil.  (Keep in mind that trucks/trains limit the amount of damage to the environment if there is an accident or leak.)

The pipeline is scheduled to go through the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North/South Dakota, and under the Missouri River.  That is the problem.  According to experts, pipelines leak.  They always leak.  If there is a leak under the river, it will adulterate the water table, affecting drinking water for millions of people.

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The Native Americans who are camped in the path of construction consider themselves protectors of the water.  They are trying to make sure our children and grandchildren will still have potable drinking water.

On top of the danger of water contamination, there is the fact that construction is tearing up sacred burial sites and other other places that are culturally significant to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.  I guarantee that there would be a public outcry if this pipeline was tearing up Arlington National Cemetery

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Since April, the camp of the protectors has been constantly manned.  But confrontations with law enforcement and private security forces have become increasingly violent.  Rubber bullets, pepper spray and sound cannons are being used against men, women, children and elders.  People who are unarmed and are carrying out a peaceful, prayerful protest.

Two days ago there was a massive arrest at the site.  Security forces marked arrested protectors with numbers, and locked them in dog kennels.  Seriously.  In the United States of American in the year 2016.

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This comes down to what’s right.  For centuries we have forced indigenous people to move wherever we want.  We have taken their lands, their culture, their language.  It’s time to STOP and actually hold to the treaties we signed years ago.  This is Sioux land, and they should have the final say about who or what uses their traditional sites.

As Sitting Bull said, so many years ago “They want us to give up another chunk of our tribal land. This is not the first time or the last time”.

It’s time to say “no” to big oil and the millionaires, and “yes” to the environment and native rights.

 

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2 thoughts on “What’s the Big Deal? #NoDAPL

  1. It’s the same old crap that has been pulled on the Native Americans from the first times they interacted with Europeans on this continent – they’re being screwed. I, for one, am more than fed up with this cavalier disregard for keeping our word. It doesn’t matter which political party is on top in Washington, D.C. the only thing important is who makes the most money and to hell with who gets trampled in the process. I would far rather have a viable alternative to the pipeline, I understand the jobs it would create, I also understand those jobs would be a short term thing, as once the pipeline is constructed those jobs are gone (I know a couple people who worked on the Alaska pipeline and they got fired as soon as it was finished). It is more expensive over the long term to use truck/railroad, however, it’s safer in the event of a spill and leakage is minimal. Do we really need to ride roughshod over the Standing Rock Sioux? NO, we don’t. We never needed to do any of the things we did to Native Americans and to be sitting here in 2016 and seeing the same things going on that have since Europeans came here is just flat out disgusting. I am ashamed of the politicos in D.C. who are in bed with the oil companies to callously ingore the rights (which we “granted”) of Native Americans to determine their own destiny and use of their lands.

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  2. Thank you , vicktorymom. What dapl and law enforcement are doing is not so different from what has always been done to native Americans. And it is deplorable.
    #ISTANDWITHSTANDINGROCK

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