Dakota Access Pipeline Perspectives — Native Lives Also Matter.
In August 2016, thousands of protestors and Native American tribes from all across America began a movement. They stood alongside the North Dakota Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to overturn the Army Corps of Engineers’ permit to build the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), only a half-mile from their reservation. A month later, construction of the pipeline began, which culminated in a confrontation between thousands of protestors and security guards. President Obama’s administration attempted to block the construction of the pipeline during his final days in office. This turned out to be unsuccessful as President Trump has since signed an executive action to advance approval of the DAPL.
Ever since January 2017, news on the Dakota Access Pipeline has been overshadowed by the numerous other executive orders from the Oval Office. With each latest breaking news story on What Trump Did Next, the media’s focus strays further and further away from the Native American’s struggle over the DAPL. As of now, the construction of the pipeline is all but complete except for a small segment that will cut through the federally managed land in North Dakota that was taken from the tribe in 1958. Although the media may no longer be actively covering the struggle over the DAPL, the Standing Rock Sioux and many other tribes have not stopped fighting for their rights.