Standing like a rock
Indigenous rights in the US have been thrust again into the spotlight because of the protests by the Standing Rock Indian Reservation on the border between North and South Dakota. The protest started in April when the Sioux tribe started a non-violent demonstration against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline which is designed to carry oil from Montana's Bakken oil fields to a distribution centre in Illinois. The Sioux argue that the pipeline is being built on tribal land and that it passes under the Missouri river and can pollute the water. The protest drew at least 100 Native American tribes. In early September, guard dogs brought by the company building the pipeline were let loose on the protesters. Following an outcry, the US government announced it would review the project and hold a consultation with the tribes.