Thousands of Native American brothers and sisters are taking part in a spirit camp and rolling direct actions at the northern border of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota to prevent construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). There have been scores of arrests, and in mid-August, the protesters succeeded in gaining a construction halt on a portion of the pipeline. On Wednesday, August 24, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed suit in Washington D.C. against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect their water and land from the pipeline and halt its construction. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the International Indian Treaty Council have filed an urgent communication to the United Nations citing human rights violations resulting from the pipeline construction. As the action grows, the Sioux have been joined by Comanche, Navaho, Northern Cheyenne and other tribes from Indian Country, as well as by non-native allies.
The Dakota Access Pipeline is a new, 1,172-mile proposed pipeline across the Midwest that would carry 570,000 barrels of oil per day from the Bakken region of northwest N. Dakota to a refinery in Illinois. From there the refined oil would be transported to the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to the danger from oil spills, the pipeline would bring 250,000 tons of carbon per day into the atmosphere.