Standing Rock 2016: The Dakota Access Pipeline
A pioneer monument and a lot of state troopers with batons and riot helmets stood between young native activists and the North Dakota state capitol on a cloudy Friday afternoon in late 2016. It was at this protest that the heartbreaking news of a Washington judge’s decision against the Standing Rock reservation Sioux lawsuit was announced. After this defeat, however, came the report of a joint statement by the US army, the Department of Justice, and the Department of the Interior that the US army corps of engineers would cease issuing permits to dig on land near the Missouri River around the Standing Rock reservation and that the government would begin increasing communicating with tribes on protection of tribal lands, resources, and treaty rights. How will these negotiations turn out? Will the Sioux regain control of their land, or will the sacred ground be forever scarred by Western technology?