The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and other Native American tribes have joined together to protest the building of an oil pipeline in North Dakota. This pipeline would ultimately run through four states and carry oil to different parts of the country. But why the huge outcry you might ask? Well, the tribe is worried that the pipeline might disturb sacred land, and if anything should go wrong with the pipe, it would contaminate the reservation’s drinking water. Protests continue at the construction site and across the country despite the Obama administration requesting that construction stop on federal and private land.
Update October 2016:
- Native American tribes continue to protest the North Dakota pipeline project after the Standing Rock Sioux tribe lost their appeal to stop an oil company from building a pipeline that would run through their land. With tensions growing, tribal leaders have asked that the protesters remain peaceful so no one gets hurt.