“Right now, more than 200 members of Native American tribes and their fellow activists are camping out near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
They’ve been there for months, and the protest is one of the biggest in Native American history. If you haven’t been following the protests, though, let’s get you up to speed:
Basically, a corporation called Energy Transfer Partners wants to build a big oil pipeline, stretching more than a thousand miles from North Dakota to Illinois. The pipeline would snake within a half-mile of the water supply that serves more than 9,000 Native Americans, and it could also disturb their sacred tribal lands.
When they heard about this, the Standing Rock Sioux filed suit against Energy Transfer Partners and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers on the grounds they had disregarded both tribal treaties and U.S. environmental regulations. In late August 2016, this all came to a head during a weeklong standoff at the construction site, where Native American tribes came together with the Standing Rock Sioux in a way that hadn’t been seen since the Battle of Little Bighorn.”