Monday, April 10

The Conflicts Along 1,172 Miles of the Dakota Access Pipeline

"The 1,172-mile Dakota Access pipeline could begin transporting oil as early as Monday, after an appeals court refused an emergency order from two American Indian tribes to prevent its operations. The Department of the Army approved the construction of pipeline in early February to allow it to cross under Lake Oahe near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, which has been the center of protests for months.The pipeline was originally projected to be in service by October 2016, but because of legal disputes about water safety, Native American lands and eminent domain, the project has been delayed until now."
NY Times

The Atlantic: Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Burn Their Camp Ahead of Evacuation (Feb. 22, 2017)
"... Treaties – in the case of DAPL, a series of mid-19th century treaties between the United States and the Great Sioux Nation collectively known as the Fort Laramie Treaties – are enshrined in the US constitution as the supreme law of the land, though the American government has too often treated those treaties as worth less than the paper on which they are written. We have seen in the short time since Donald Trump became president that civil society can use the tools of protest and resistance to change the path of American history in the face of injustice. ..."
Guardian - We can resist the Dakota pipeline through a powerful tool: divestment (April 2017)
Guardian - The western idea of private property is flawed. Indigenous peoples have it right

2011 July: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - Dee Brown, 2012 September: The Ghost Dance, 2016 September: A History and Future of Resistance, 2016 November: Dakota Access Pipeline protests, 2016 December: Police Violence Against Native Americans Goes Far Beyond Standing Rock, 2016 December: Dakota Protesters Say Belle Fourche Oil Spill 'Validates Struggle', 2017 January: A Murky Legal Mess at Standing Rock, 2017 January: Trump's Move On Keystone XL, Dakota Access Outrages Activists, 2017 February: Army veterans return to Standing Rock to form a human shield against police, 2017 February: Standing Rock is burning – but our resistance isn't over, 2017 March: Dakota Access pipeline could open next week after activists face final court loss