Construction of oil pipeline hinders reservation
The Dakota Access Pipeline is a large $3.7 billion oil pipeline project that could transfer more than 470,000 barrels of oil in a day from North Dakota to Illinois. However, this project would run near the Native American reservation of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe located on the border of North and South Dakota. This brings concerns between the people of the reservation and the pipeline’s contractor, Energy Transfer Partners, since the reservation sees this as an environmental and cultural threat to their homeland. On the other hand, Energy Transfer Partners is defending their project by claiming it will allow the U.S. to become less dependent on importing fuel from unreliable regions of the world.
According to CNN, Tribal Chairman David Archambult II said, “on Saturday, Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy Transfer Partners brazenly used bulldozers to destroy our burial sites, prayer sites and culturally significant artifacts.” While the U.S. government is supposed to gain approval from Native American tribes about industrial projects, the tribe claimed that this never happened. They were not properly notified about this project before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agreed for the pipeline project. Several tribes of Native Americans were angered to the point of protests for halting the construction.