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Judge Grants Temporary Restraining Order on Further Construction – Set to Make Decision Sept. 9 – Sign Petition Now to Save Native American Lives, Water and Land!
The construction of a thousand-mile oil pipeline through the heart of the country has prompted the largest Native American protest in history. Indigenous Americans from all over the United States and Canada have gathered near the source of the pipeline – a large fracking site in North Dakota – to protect their ancestral lands, rivers and lakes from pollution and destruction.
Though it’s being marketed as making the United States more “energy independent,” the Dakota Access Pipeline will carry crude oil to a market hub in Illinois, where it will then meet up with lines headed to the Gulf of Mexico and East Coast, most likely for sale to foreign markets:
Nearly a hundred Native American tribes have joined to resist the project. Many of them were attacked with dogs and pepper spray last Saturday when they rushed onto an ancient burial sites to protect them from bulldozers, with their unarmed bodies:
The destruction of the sites appeared to be a deliberate act of vengeance and intimidation by the Dakota Access Pipeline Company, who began unearthing them on a holiday weekend, only hours after the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s lawyers filed a motion in Federal Court asking for the sites to be protected:
The Sioux of Standing Rock say the North Dakota oil boom has brought rampant drug use and sex-trafficking to their community over the last couple of decades.
This is not the first time the U.S. Government has harmed the Sioux or damaged the Inyan Wakangapi Wakpa (Cannonball River) – the river they say has brought them life for countless generations.
“The U.S. government is wiping out our most important cultural and spiritual areas,” writes Ladonna Bravebull Allard, the great-grandaughter of Mary Big Moccasin, who survived the Whitestone Massarcre on the same land 150 years ago. “And as it erases our footprint from the world, it erases us as a people …
If we allow an oil company to dig through and destroy our histories, our ancestors, our hearts and souls as a people, is that not genocide?
My father is buried at the top of the hill, overlooking our camp on the riverbank below. My son is buried there, too. Two years ago, when Dakota Access first came, I looked at the pipeline map and knew that my entire world was in danger. If we allow this pipeline, we will lose everything.
We are the river, and the river is us. We have no choice but to stand up.”
Sign the Petition here.