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The $3.7-billion pipeline that became a rallying cry for tribes across America

Native American protests of an oil pipeline under construction in North Dakota began this spring with a handful of people praying in a makeshift camp on a nearby Indian reservation.<p>Months later, after legal wrangling, celebrity endorsements and, most importantly, the arrival of thousands more …

Demonstrators turn North Dakota protest site into sprawling community

Tribal flags, horses, tents, hand-built shelters and teepees dominate one of the biggest, newest communities in North Dakota, built in a valley on federal land near the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers.<p>It's a semi-permanent, sprawling gathering with a new school for dozens of …

For Native Americans, Land Is More Than Just the Ground Beneath Their Feet

Private land ownership isn’t a solution to Native American poverty.<p>Thousands of Native American protesters are currently fighting against the proposed construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota. They are doing more than just trying to protect their land. They are fighting for their …

Ethnology

The fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline reveals oil's fatal flaw

Someday water will be worth more than oil. Just like it was for most of human existence until some clever men figured out to dig ancient hydrocarbons out of the ground and create things like plastic and gasoline.<p>According to many, that day may soon come. As clean water becomes an increasingly …

Native American Protests Against A Pipeline Highlight Environmental Inequality

We recently had another example of the main problem with pipelines; they break. That’s part of the beast’s nature, whether the tubes carry water, oil, or gas. Even cracks result in waste.<p>When the carried substance is water, leaks can be messy and costly in the loss of an important resource. The …

Environment

Standing Rock Sioux Takes Pipeline Fight to UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe took its fight to stop construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday in a bid to gather international opposition to the project.<p>Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault II addressed …

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Takes Pipeline Fight to U.N.

Canadian and US tribes band together to fight Alberta oil sands pipelines

Aboriginal tribes from Canada and the northern United States have signed a treaty to jointly fight proposals to build more pipelines to carry crude from Alberta’s oil sands, saying further development would damage the environment.<p>'We are protectors, not protesters': why I'm fighting the North …

Canada

U.S., Canada aboriginal tribes form alliance to stop oil pipelines | Reuters

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Aboriginal tribes from Canada and the northern United States signed a treaty on Thursday to jointly fight proposals to build more pipelines to carry crude from Alberta’s oil sands, saying further development would damage the environment.<p>Grand Chief Stewart Phillip …