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North Dakota's Governor Declared a State of Emergency to Deal With Peaceful Oil Pipeline Protesters. We Call It a State of Emergency for Civil Rights.

 


Something historic is happening in North Dakota. People are protesting an oil pipeline. And the people who are protesting the oil pipeline are mostly Native Americans.

It’s historic because the 200 or so tribes that are protesting the construction of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline have not united together for more than 150 years. Several thousand indigenous people from across the county have journeyed to a little-known pasture on the prairie just miles from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation — where the oil pipeline is slated to cross the Missouri River — to protect the land the tribes consider sacred and culturally significant as well as the water necessary for life. The protectors, as the protesters call themselves, are defending the land and water using little more than the right to assemble and speak freely, a long-standing protection afforded by the U.S. Constitution.

https://www.aclu.org/blog/speak-freely/north-dakotas-governor-declared-state-emergency-deal-peaceful-oil-pipeline

 
 

Reader Comments(1)

Spirit writes:

I really appreciate the point of view described here so very clearly for average people. I feel profound sadness at the risks posed to our environment for the sake of maintaining an oil-based lifestyle. We can change the way we transport goods and ourselves. Thank you to all the protesters in this issue.

 
 
 

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