US Extends Ban on Dakota Pipeline Protests, but Support Grows
A federal judge extended a temporary restraining order for another two weeks on "unlawful protest" against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a move that comes as activists say their peaceful actions are attracking broader support.
The US$3.8-million pipeline would cross four states, cutting through treaty-protected burial and ceremonial grounds and through major sources of water. Should the pipeline break, which activists say is a matter of when and not if due the company's cost-cutting methods, it could destroy ecosystems and pollute the drinking water of all living by the Missouri River.
Thousands are camped out at the Sacred Stone Spirit Camp in the biggest Native American mobilizations in years, with 60 tribes represented and 87 tribes signing statements of solidarity. All seven bands of Lakota-Dakota-Nakota Nation have not been united in 140 years, according to Jon Eagle, Sr. of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.