A Native American fight to stop an oil pipeline is a "morally embarrassing reminder" of America's founding
For months, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota has been protesting the construction of a $3.8 billion (paywall) oil pipeline that would cut through four US states. Last week, the protests reached unprecedented size. Hundreds of environmental activists joined the local community of about 8,000. The BBC reports that the largest gathering of Native Americans in over a century, with over 90 tribes represented, is currently underway in Cannonball, North Dakota.
The Native tribes and environmentalists say the pipeline would disrupt a sacred burial ground, as well as threaten water quality in the area. They say that the Army Corps of Engineers should never have granted permits for its construction.
Those that support the pipeline, which would carry crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale formation to Illinois, claim it will be spill-proof, and argue that its construction will generate thousands of jobs.