North Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp's failure to fight the Dakota Access pipeline shook her support among the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which helped her win her first term by a narrow margin.
SLAPP, which stands for “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation,” is a suit brought by big corporations intended to censor, intimidate and silence critics.
Dakota Access pipeline protesters are seeing the charges against them dropped, while activists in Canada celebrate the abandonment of a large pipeline project.
The Intercept reports that a private security firm employed by Energy Transfer Partners worked with local police to suppress opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline.
Activists worry that the spill, which did not threaten waterways, is just the first of others to come.
The lake, which flows into the Missouri River, serves as the primary water source for numerous indigenous tribes, including the Standing Rock Sioux and the Cheyenne River Sioux.
As the Sioux tribes run out of legal routes to halt the pipeline, military veterans travel to North Dakota to support the water protectors' final stand.
An independent inspection is needed immediately to determine whether construction is continuing in defiance of an official order.
However temporary it may be, the water protectors’ triumph over energy corporations compels us to seek opportunities to use our bodies as implements of change.