The New Protectors: How the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Stood Up to Big Oil and Built a New Activist Movement

Standing on the Great Plains of North Dakota feels like straddling two oceans. The one beneath your feet is made of endless, rolling prairie. The other, above you, is clouds. When it rains, there are no trees to shield one world from the other. Prairie rain opens up the sky. It first falls as hard little droplets and then big, unyielding sobs..


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Drive-by Dakota Access Pipeline protest through Morton County halts construction for over 2 hours

MORTON COUNTY, N.D. – Protests at Dakota Access Pipeline construction sites have become commonplace in Morton County the past couple months.

The demonstrations have been peaceful most of the time but on a few occasions confrontations have occurred that resulted in injuries or arrests.

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Helicopter Allegedly Hired by North Dakota Authorities Found Flying in Violation of FAA Rules

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), owned by the Texas company Energy Transfer Inc., is a $3.7 billion oil pipeline that runs southeastward from the Bakken region of northwestern North Dakota down to southern Illinois. The planned route through south central North Dakota traverses particularly sacred areas of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. One such area, known originally as Sacred Stone Camp and located along a tributary of the Missouri River known as the Cannonball River, has become the epicenter of a bitter standoff between interests of the oil industry and those of Native Americans.

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Tribe denied request for state emergency aid

This is why our work as Medic-Healer Council is even more important!

The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services declined a request from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for aid from the North Dakota Department of Health at the site of one of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps.

In a letter, Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II asked that a Health Department first aid station be placed at the protest camp north of the Cannonball Bridge to provide emergency medical care.

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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Reasserts that DAPL Destroyed Sacred Places

CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA – The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe strongly disputes the claim that there were no sacred sites contained in the ground destroyed September 3 by the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

A preliminary internal memo from the State Historical Society of North Dakota states there were no human remains or significant sites found in the construction zone.

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Pipeline Drama Casts Shadow Over Oil Industry

The Obama Administration’s decision to temporarily halt construction on part of the 1,200-mile Dakota Access Pipeline has the oil industry on edge.

It was evident at the North Dakota Petroleum Council’s annual meeting, where the pipeline protests cast a shadow over an industry struggling amid low oil prices.

“[The pipeline is] very critical to being in place for any kind of recovery and growth in the Bakken production here,” said Jack Stark, president of Continental Resources, one of the largest oil producers in the state.

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Standing Firm at Standing Rock: Why the Struggle is Bigger Than One Pipeline

For indigenous people, the fight to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline is about reviving a way of life.

The first sign that not everything is normal as you drive down Highway 1806 toward the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota is a checkpoint manned by camouflage-clad National Guard troops. The inspection on Sept. 13 was perfunctory; they simply asked if we knew “what was going on down the road” and then waved us through, even though the car we rode in had “#NoDAPL” chalked on its rear windshield….

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