Stand­ing like a rock

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

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.

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