A Tribe in Battle

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A picture of Native American warriors on a canvas

Another reason for keeping your hope alive is to gather together in your community to fight for what you believe in.  Fighting for what you believe in, is not easy, and will come at a great cost.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe knows all too well about; fighting for what you believe in. Whose tribe of people having spent a long history of battling injustices and infringements against their rights.  Recently, they have been holding a rally protesting against the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline together, since the spring of this year, as well in Washington, DC today.

 

According to information from the news show called The Big Picture at RT with Tom Hartmann titled Tribal Rights & the Dakota Access Pipeline, “The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its allies from other indigenous nations are protesting the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.  Once finished – the pipeline will bring oil almost 1200 miles from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota all the way to Illinois.”  ”  Although the project has been approved by the government- the Standing Rock Sioux say their interests and historical claims were not taken into account when that decision was made.  Today- the Standing Rock Sioux asked a federal judge to put the Dakota Access pipeline on hold.”  Outside of court their rally was “attended by people from around the country – including actresses Susan Sarandon and Shailene Woodley.”

 

Since, the US government has already approved the project, according to the headline of The Des Moines Register, 22 percent of Iowa pipeline has already been built.  Information supporting this statement can be found at the link at http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2016/08/25/22-iowa-pipeline-already-built-access-says/89337436/.  “In South Dakota, 93 percent of the pipeline has already been constructed.  In North Dakota, the project is 63 percent finished, and in Illinois, it is 62 percent complete.”

There have been legal disputes occurring, court motions filed, huge rally’s that has involved horses and petitions signed, causing delays slowing down work on the Dakota Access pipeline.  Only time will tell, if the Standing Rock Sioux and various landowners will win their fight.

 

For more information, video, and more updates about this story can be found at the link: http://www.thomhartmann.com/bigpicture/tribal-rights-dakota-access-pipeline also, there are a number of videos posted on The Big Picture YouTube page.

 

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