A new wave of protests

This past Wednesday, I nervously checked my phone hourly for updates on the peaceful protestors camp at Standing Rock. I worried immensely that an outbreak would come from the camp being shut down to stop delaying the work on the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Leading up to that day, I saw videos of protesters pleading for journalists to come and report the atrocity of military force pushing them out of their campsite in Standing Rock. It was an emotional time, especially as a thunderstorm rolled in on Tuesday night and everyone in the camp could be heard whooping and celebrating the lightning strikes. The protestors created large prayer circles to find the strength to get through such an emotional time.

Leading up to that day, I saw videos of protesters pleading for journalists to come and report the atrocity of military force pushing them out of their campsite in Standing Rock. It was an emotional time, especially as a thunderstorm rolled in on Tuesday night and everyone in the camp could be heard whooping and celebrating the lightning strikes. The protestors created large prayer circles to find the strength to get through a time when history was simply rearing its ugly face again.

Below, I’ve included a video with what the water protectors ended up doing to their camp that they had fought so hard to create. As the headline states, the camp was burned down, not by law enforcement, but by the camp dwellers themselves as an act of defiance against the government and big oil companies. I was overwhelmed with relief to know that they were still able to come out swinging before the entire camp was demolished.

Unfortunately, activists and Native Americans were arrested in the aftermath, on charges that came on because they remained in the camp after the time their time of eviction notice. While the Standing Rock Camp may no longer be in operation, many of its camp dwellers sought out neighboring campsites protesting other pipelines. So the fight has only just begun, as more and more awareness is being brought to the issues of pipelines and the rights of indigenous peoples.

As I was reading the article titled “As DAPL camp cleared, protesters plot resistance to other pipelines” by Reuters Media, it mentioned the handful of other pipelines that have are in the works or that have already been started like the Keystone XL pipeline. This is not only an environmental problem here in the United States but also in Canada where there has been a long-standing fight against pipelines running through Native land up there. The Dakota Access Pipeline is only one of the many, but the camp at Standing Rock has been able to grab a majority of the media attention. This is what the water protectors, environmental activists, and indigenous peoples are most proud of when it comes down to accomplishments. They have made enough noise that more and more people are paying attention and making each and every day just a little bit harder for big oil companies to make millions off of harming natural water sources and sacred Native American lands.

Reuters Media, “As DAPL camp cleared, protestors plot resistance to other pipelines” INFORUM, February 25, 2017.

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Standing Rock #NODAPL protest camp cleared in North Dakota

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