The Lakhóta and Sioux people are part of a confederation of seven related Sioux tribes which are indigenous of the Great Plains of North America. And right now, the news isn’t telling you that they are trying to fight a pipeline from being built beneath the Missouri, Mississippi, and Big Sioux rivers. The federal government recently gave their approval to build the Dakota Access Pipeline, which will transport crude oil for almost 1200 miles from North Dakota to Illinois. Hundreds of these native Americans showed up to protest for the sake of protecting our clean water.
In fact, things are pretty volatile. The standoff has led to arrest and intimidation. These people want to protect our natural water supply from being potentially compromised it what would be a risky event. A pipeline beneath one of our country’s main water supplies is more than dangerous to our health, it is unethical. A spill would ruin not only our drinking water, but farmland. So far, the protesters of forced a cease in operations, but that might only last so long as reinforcements are called in.
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