The protests unfolding over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline have caused swarms of controversy and physical torments on both sides of the quarrel. Security teams with vicious guard dogs have been used against the Native American protestors and their supporters during the months-long protests. The violent clashing as resulted in serious injuries.
The Standing Rock Sioux tribe is concerned the pipeline’s establishment will negatively impact water quality on reservation lands and imperil cultural heritage sites. The Sioux City Journal said the Standing Rock tribe “is fighting the installation of the pipeline on their reservation bordering North and South Dakota.”
The $3.8 billion oil pipeline, which is owned by company Energy Transfer, has united different tribes and groups of Native Americans, landowners and environmentalists in a singular effort to cease the production of the project. The Dakota Access Pipeline would link oil fields in North Dakota to an oil distribution center in Illinois.
“As demonstrators came to stop the tractors, they had encountered private security armed with pepper spray, attack dogs, and zip ties. Warriors on the front line were attacked for protecting the land and water,” wrote one man on Facebook regarding the events taking place. “Pregnant women were maced, young children and horses were attacked by dogs…the water provides life for the animals, the crops, the land, and millions of people.”
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