United States: Native Americans banned from protesting pipeline on own land
Despite ongoing resistance by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, a North Dakota federal court has ordered the indigenous group to stop their blockade protests against a US$3.8 billion oil pipeline.
“The tribe is committed to doing all it can to make sure the demonstrations … are done in the right way,” said Dave Archambault II, chairperson of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. “As we have said from the beginning, demonstrations regarding Dakota Access must be peaceful.”
On August 15, protesters arrived at the site and surrounded the machinery at the work site, prompting an instruction to the workers to leave their equipment. That day, the pipeline developer, Dakota Access, filed a lawsuit against the protesters, citing that worker and law enforcement safety was at risk.