Native Americans protest pipeline

RICK: Back on Earth, some are worried that a one thousand-mile-long pipeline beginning in North Dakota could disrupt our planet’s natural resources. A pipeline is a long pipe, typically underground, that conveys something over a long distance. In this case, we’re talking about the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is being built to send oil across four states to Illinois. Some Native American tribes say the pipeline cuts across sacred grounds and could contaminate water – and their protests have led the government to stop construction. A protest is a statement or action expressing disapproval – and you’ll see a lot them up next.

 

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Reporter: HUNDREDS GATHERED TO CELEBRATE THE STOP OF THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE HERE IN NORTH DAKOTA.

"Like I said it's bittersweet you don't know how to react because while the work has been halted the fights not over."

Reporter: IT WAS A DAY OF ROLLER COASTER EMOTIONS. IT STARTED JUST BEFORE 2 O'CLOCK WHEN A FEDERAL JUDGE SAID WORK COULD RESUME ON THE PIPELINE SAYING THE PERMITS DID NOT VIOLATE FEDERAL LAW AND THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE FAILED TO SHOW HOW IT WOULD CAUSE INJURY. THEY WORRY THE PROJECT WILL THREATEN THE WATER QUALITY OF THE NEARBY MISSOURI AND CANNONBALL RIVERS AS WELL AS DESTROY SCARED BURIAL GROUNDS.

BUT MOMENTS AFTER THE JUDGE'S RULING, THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AGREED IT WOULD REVIEW THE PERMITS PREVIOUSLY GRANTED SAYING OPPONENTS RAISED A NUMBER OF VALID CONCERNS.

(Dave Archambault, Standing Rock Sioux Chairman): "The judicial component of the ruling is disappointing but at the same time a political policy win is better for the tribes.

 

RICK: Native Americans, like the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, are often protective over their lands because they’ve been historically pushed off of them by White settlers. 

Instructional Links

Website Article: Ben's Guide to the U. S. Government, Bill of Rights 

https://bensguide.gpo.gov/j-bill-rights-1789-91

Encyclopedia Article: World Book Student, Freedom of Assembly 

http://www.worldbookonline.com/student/article?id=ar210265

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Website Article: Pipeline 101, How Do Pipelines Work 

http://www.pipeline101.com/How-Do-Pipelines-Work

Website Article: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, History

http://standingrock.org/history/

Website Article: Ducksters, Native American Tribes, Sioux

http://www.ducksters.com/history/native_american_sioux_nation.php

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