With Donald Trump as president, the Dakota Access Pipeline will get a permit. While North Dakotans welcome the news, the tribe fighting the project promises a legal challenge, and protesters remain defiant in opposition.
What started months ago as a dispute between a tribe and the federal government has escalated into clashes between protesters and police. More than 140 people were arrested Thursday during a tense standoff between police and Dakota Access pipeline protesters.
Fights past and present over environmental issues have compelled Native Americans from tribes across the country to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux in its battle to defeat the Dakota Access oil pipeline. This gathering of nations, meanwhile, could mark a turning point for tribes as they seek greater say in what happens to their land.
Both tribes on Wyoming’s Wind River Reservation have submitted letters of support for the Standing Rock Sioux in the Dakotas as they protest the Dakota Access pipeline.