A North Dakota federal court has prohibited indigenous tribes from protesting the Bakken pipeline on their own reservations.
Dakota Access, a developer of the pipeline, filed the report citing “Worker and law enforcement safety was at risk”.
This reaction originates from the non-violent protest by the Sanding Rock, Rose Bud and lower Brule Sioux. Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said, “as we have said from the beginning, demonstrations regarding Dakota Access must be peaceful.”
Even though there had been no report of violent confrontation with police or otherwise, removing the protest encampments and demonstrators may proceed.
The Bakken pipeline is the less popular version of the Keystone XL pipeline. The Bakken pipeline is 1,134-mile long underground oil pipeline project for crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in Northwest North Dakota, through South Dakota, Iowa and end in Patoka, Illinois.
The Bakken project runs through Native American sacred sites, water sources, such as the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.When money is to be made like $3.8-billion and 570,000 barrels of sweet crude oil every day to feed America’s oil habit, we don’t let scared sites or ecosystems get in the way.
Take for example when trespassing settlers found gold in Pahá Sápa or the black hills in 1874.
To the Dakota, Pahá Sápa was sacred and no 6 parcels could replace it.When it comes to profit there is nothing sacred enough.
Let’s also remember Native American tribes were not given the right to free speech, press, and assembly until the Indian Civil Rights Act (ICRA) in 1968.
Even now those right are selective and arbitrarily removed at the whim of the state whenever it best profits [them]
Once again, the United States is not recognizing the rights of the native people. This is not the Standing Rock tribe but another. It doesn’t matter. We support all of the tribes as they work to negotiate with the Federal government to stop the building of pipelines on their land. We must remember that the Federal Government gave this land to all of the tribes in lieu of the land that white Europeans stole from them when they landed here. The land in question is the land the indigenous people live on today. The land they are fighting in courts and on picket lines to protect. Some of the land is sacred and some is the land the tribes live on. The water and the minerals the land contains belongs to the native people. American corporations can’t morally take these resources away from the people. The government can’t take the resources away from the indigenous people.
The tribal lands have been under tribal tribal control and tribal government since each parcel of land was deeded to each tribe. It has been 100-150 years. The native people have their own governments and own law enforcement. They have passed their own laws. They are sovereign countries unto themselves. They will do whatever there is to do to protect their natural resources. They will face the scorn and and derision of the white European people who have the money and power to steal from the native people.