Thursday, October 27, 2016

Dakota Access Pipeline Protests In North Dakota Turn Violent


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Link:
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/04/492625850/dakota-access-pipeline-protests-in-north-dakota-turn-violent

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?

8 comments:

  1. I believe that the Native Americans are more in the "right." This pipeline is directly impacting their resources and living conditions, which will severely impact their health and lives. Also, the pipe is interfering with their private land, which American settlers have already took much of. Overall, I believe that Native Americans should be able to maintain whatever private land they still have today without having more land stripped away from them.

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    1. I agree with you that the Native Americans are in the right. They should be able to keep their private land and hold what is theirs.

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  2. I believe the Native Americans at Standing Rock are in the "right". This is their land and they have a right to protest. The organizations are going over the top to silence them and put this pipeline in the ground. It makes me angry and disappointed that still after all this time, Native Americans have to fight to keep their land.

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  3. I believe the Native Americans at Standing Rock are in the "right". This is their land and they have a right to protest. The organizations are going over the top to silence them and put this pipeline in the ground. It makes me angry and disappointed that still after all this time, Native Americans have to fight to keep their land.

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  4. I believe the Native Americans at Standing Rock are in the "right". This is their land and they have a right to protest. The organizations are going over the top to silence them and put this pipeline in the ground. It makes me angry and disappointed that still after all this time, Native Americans have to fight to keep their land.

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  5. I believe that the Native Americans have the right to keep their land the way they wants it. The pipelines would affect their resources which isnt fair due to the fact that is isn't their land their building the pipeline on.

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  6. I think that the Native Americans are right because they own the land and require full consent when changes are being done to their property. I think an oil pipeline makes them feel insignificant and that they have no say in what is going on in the property they own. This is not what the US represents and I think it should be stopped.

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  7. I believe that the Native Americans have the right to say what goes on in their land. The land has probably been owned by their tribe for years and years and it's unfair for this organization to come in, saying they're going to build a pipeline. This is also the fact that the pipeline itself will damage the land and water and this isn't what we stand for as a country.

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