Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Supporters Block Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline

dakota protestBy Derrick Broze

Native activists and supporters have been facing off with authorities as they battle the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline Project in North Dakota.  

On Wednesday and Thursday, protesters were arrested while attempting to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline Project near Cannonball, North Dakota. The protesters have come from all around the country in support of the Sacred Stone Camp, which formed in response to  the Army Corps of Engineers granting approval permits for construction.

The DAPL, alternatively known as the Bakken Pipeline, is owned by Houston, Texas based corporation Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., which created the subsidiary Dakota Access LLC.  The pipeline will stretch 1,172 miles upon completion and transport crude oil from the Bakken fields of North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois.

Several activists were arrested on Wednesday and again on Thursday after attempting to stop pipeline employees from beginning construction. According to KFYR, at least twenty-five police cars arrived on Thursday morning to maintain the peace. By the end of the day five protesters were arrested.

“Native Americans were separated from workers by dozens of law enforcement officers officers and temporary fencing, but some demonstrators ignored police barriers,” KFYR wrote. The local police told KFYR there were “just in peace keeping mode.” Dakota Access Pipeline said they are working with local law enforcement to keep their employees safe and will press charges against anyone who interferes with construction of the project.

Videos of the protests show members of the Sacred Stone Camp and supporters singing songs and playing drums while challenging the police protection of the pipeline construction.

A federal injunction that could potentially prevent digging for the creation of the underground pipeline will be heard on Wednesday August 24 in Washington D.C.. Despite the injunction hearing, pipeline employees are continuing to build access roads for the project.

Last Saturday, Native activists sang and marched in front of the White House after concluding a 2,000-mile relay run from North Dakota to Washington D.C. “Thirty Native youth from the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) traveled to the U.S. Capitol seeking to stop construction of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline,” reported Indian Country Today.

“This has been happening for over 250 years, it’s continued transgression against our people,” Joye Braun, a Sacred Stone Camp Spokesperson, told KXNET.

According to the Sacred Stone Camp website:

On April 1st, 2016, tribal citizens of the Standing Rock Lakota Nation and ally Lakota, Nakota, & Dakota citizens, under the group name “Chante tin’sa kinanzi Po” founded a Spirit Camp along the proposed route of the bakken oil pipeline, Dakota Access.

This Spirit Camp is called Iŋyaŋ Wakháŋagapi Othí, translated as Sacred Rock, the original name of the Cannonball area. The Spirit Camp is dedicated to stopping and raising awareness the Dakota Access pipeline, the dangers associated with pipeline spills and the necessity to protect the water resources of the Missouri river. We reject the appropriation of the name “Dakota” in a project that is in violation of aboriginal and treaty lands. The word Dakota means “the People” in the Dakota/Lakota/Nakota language and was never intended to be used in a project which violates traditional ceremonial areas.

Chante tin’sa kinanzi Po is a grassroots group with the following mission statement: “They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from her, and deface her with their buildings and their refuse.” – Chief Sitting Bull. His way of life is our way of life–standing in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline is our duty. Group: Chante tin’sa kinanzi Po translates as People, Stand with a Strong Heart!

The construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline has promised to increase domestic output of oil for the United States and Canada, but at what cost? Should Americans, Native and immigrant Europeans, stand by and watch the destruction of Native communities and the Earth, simply because it will bring cheaper gas? Is it truly responsible to support such a project when so many alternatives to oil-dependency exist?

For the sake of our Mother Earth we must begin to stand up and defend against invasive, destructive and dangerous projects like the Dakota Access Pipeline. May the Great Spirit bless all those fighting the fight in defense of this planet.

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Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist and liberty activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter for ActivistPost.com and the founder of the TheConsciousResistance.com. Follow him on Twitter. Derrick is the author of two books: The Conscious Resistance: Reflections on Anarchy and Spirituality and Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion.

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  • Activist Post. If you take down the comment below, I will quit this site and make sure other people hear why!!!!!!! Tired of censorship of the truth!

    • broze

      what comment?

      • There’s a reply to you below this. Maybe you’ll get to see it. What’s going on with Activist Post? Why all the censure?

      • There’s actually 6 comments on this page. Do you see them?

        • Abe

          I saw them.

      • Here’s what they took down:://
        This is another example of how far down the toilet the USA has been
        flushed by it’s government. The correct people go to jail and the scum
        supporters go back to their beers and laugh…… “Boy we showed those
        Indians how tough we are.” When will there be a police unit that shows
        up at something like this and stops the other-side from destroying
        ‘Mother Earth’? Indian=right, pale face=scum!!!

        I changed the word N*z* to scum and it’s allowed.

  • Bye Bye Activist Post . You’ve went and gone Main stream Media!!!!!

  • Here’s what they took down:://
    This is another example of how far down the toilet the USA has been
    flushed by it’s government. The correct people go to jail and the scum
    supporters go back to their beers and laugh…… “Boy we showed those
    Indians how tough we are.” When will there be a police unit that shows
    up at something like this and stops the other-side from destroying
    ‘Mother Earth’? Indian=right, pale face=scum!!!

  • Debbie Hogan Tate

    This land was given to this tribe. The have their own nation and the US are forcing them to give it up. Canada should not be allowed to put their oil through our country. They want this pipeline but will not put it in their own country because of the dangers of a leak would ruin their own pristine nature. THROW THEM OUT! Recall / impeach all that approved this!

  • Tuaca1107

    It won’t make gas any cheaper!

  • the earth is not for sale stay off the lakota land
    are land is sacred this is not the white eyes land
    medicine turtle cherokee

  • Mark Bigger

    they need to take it to court. i wish the tribe the best of luck

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