What Can We Learn From Standing Rock?
The fight against the Dakota Access pipeline is not over yet.
A federal judge could temporarily halt construction of the pipeline in North Dakota because of claims that it violates religious rights of indigenous tribes living nearby. On another front, cities around the nation are siding with pipeline opponents, who call themselves “water protectors,” by divesting millions from Wells Fargo, an investor in the controversial oil pipeline.
Truthdig correspondent Donald Kaufman spent weeks in North Dakota documenting the clash between water protectors and local law enforcement, as well as the massive evacuation of Oceti Sakowin Camp, one of the main encampments for water protectors during the #NoDAPL battle.
Kaufman and the Truthdig editorial team discussed the #NoDAPL movement and the future of indigenous rights and environmental activism in the United States. Watch the full conversation below. (Editor’s note: due to technical difficulties, the audio does not begin until the 0:51 mark.)
With President Trump in office and construction of the pipeline currently underway, many wonder how water protectors will keep up resistance to the DAPL—and how similar projects around the nation can be stopped.
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—Posted by Emma Niles
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