Summary: Earlier this month, thousands of Native American Tribes gathered and set up camp in North Dakota. They are intending to fight against the pipeline which has been scheduled to be built. The Native Americans are worried about the $3.8 billion pipeline, which is slated to run through four states, that could disturb sacred sites and affect the reservation's drinking water. This is due the route that the oil pipeline takes. The oil pipeline hits the side of the Standing Rock Reservation which may damage the water supplies and destroy cultural sites. However, this is denied by the company that is building the pipeline. The Energy Transfer Partners, the manufacturers, say that it will have no effect on the water supply.
In the past days the previously peaceful protests have turned violent. Law enforcement officers wearing riot gear and firing bean bags and pepper spray on Thursday, ousted protesters from a camp on private land in the path of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. They police cleared the area due to the roadblocks and fires that were set up by the Indians. This fight has now gone to the courtroom as the Native Americans are challenging the "permits on more than 200 water crossings...[they have also taken help from] three federal agencies in order to block the building of the pipeline. However, it is still being built on private land.
Connection: This relates back to the Native American Removal Act, as the major organizations are taking advantage of the Native Americans. They are also forcing them to have unfavorable living conditions as in the gilded age.
Question: Who do you think is in the right the Native Americans or the major Organizations?
How does the oil pipeline make you feel?