In August, 2016, multiple men and women around the U.S. arrived at the site of the North Dakota pipeline, beginning the long, tiring protest. The North Dakota pipeline was designed to be a transporter of oil on a daily from North Dakota to Illinois. Since the pipeline would be traveling under the Missouri River, the oil could easily leak into The Standing Rock Sioux primary source of water, causing them to not be able to drink the water.
Going from just a couple of people, to thousands, the protesters just slowly keep coming on the land. They have all set up tents so they can stay overnight. As it gets colder, slowly protesters have started to leave, but the more dedicated people are staying for the winter even though the temperature continues to drop. Multiple celebrities have made their way to North Dakota to join in on the protest. This includes Shailene Woodley, Mark Ruffalo, and Jesse Jackson. Shailene Woodley was so dedicated to her protesting that she got arrested on October 10, 2016.
The different people who are supporting the pipeline have not tried accommodating with the protesters on the ground. The governor of North Dakota, Jack Dalrymple, has called in the National Guard and other police officials. As of December 2, a little over 600 people have been arrested for protesting over the pipeline. Multiple protesters have accused the police of rough contact on them, using pepper spray, rubber bullets and concussion cannons. Footage by Amy Goodman was released showing police letting their dogs charge at the protesters. Monday, November 29, North Dakota’s state officials ordered to vacate the premises because it’s too cold, but the protesters continue to stand strong, and refuse to leave the land.
Friday, December 2, the U.S. military was building barracks, supporting all of the thousands of activists who have been fighting against authorities objecting to a pipeline project that is near a Native American reservation. The barracks went up at the protest camp in North Dakota. The different military veterans volunteered to be human shields so that the thousands of protesters could have a break. They are forming a human wall in front of the police, protecting the many protesters. 3,500 veterans were joining the protest, and planned on carrying it out peacefully. The veterans also wanted to point out the terrible violence that the police had been showing the protesters.
The protest seems like it will continue to grow and grow most likely until each and every one of them are arrested because it seems obvious that they stand strong for what they believe in, and they are not going to quit until they shut down the pipeline.
December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
CREDIT: Sean Rossman (USA Today), Ernest Scheyder and Terray Sylvester (Reuters), Justin Worland (Time Magazine), Melanie Eversley (USA Today)