"We've never seen anything like this..." The Standing Rock Sioux Pipeline Protest
Since August, several thousand Native Americans have been camping in the path of a proposed oil pipeline in North Dakota. They are concerned that the Dakota Access pipeline will threaten their drinking water and their sacred sites. It is the single largest protest by Native Americans in more than 100 years. Earlier this month, President Obama temporarily halted construction on the pipeline for the section near the Standing Rock reservation, though the company is allowed to build other parts of the project. The protesters say they are staying put. Energy Transfer Partners, LP, the pipeline builder, did not return a request for comment from WCAI.
Jennifer Weston is the language department director for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe of North and South Dakota. She attended the protest at the end of August and is now back on Cape Cod.