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Resistance at Standing Rock
After a long standoff with authorities, protesters at the sprawling camp on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota celebrated a tentative victory last week following an announcement by the Army Corps of Engineers to halt construction of a nearby oil pipeline.
The protest has attracted international attention and drawn thousands of activists, including members from hundreds of American Indian tribes and their supporters, making it one of the largest American Indian resistance efforts in history. For months, they have waged a hard-fought battle against the completion of the Dakota Access project, a 1,170-mile pipeline that would transport more than 470,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota across the Plains to Illinois. The $3.8 billion project is almost complete, except for a portion underneath Lake Oahe near the Missouri River, which borders the reservation.
For those unable to travel to camp, there were alternative ways to make their stance known. By calling and writing letters to elected officials, signing petitions, and staging marches in major cities around the country, supporters of the Sioux Tribe resistance made their opinion heard.
What do you think is the most effective way for your voice to be heard?
ARTICLE: Understanding the Standoff at Standing Rock (The Lowdown/KQED)
Learn more about the historical significance of the resistance in North Dakota.
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