Non-Violent Sit-ins, A Very Successful StrategyBy jalen hart
Standing Rock Sioux set up camp on their reservation, staying and living on that land to protect it from the government. Even some celebrities showed up to help support the land such as Susan Sarandon, Riley Keough, and Shailene Woodley. The people were beaten, bitten by dogs, pepper sprayed, the government did everything they could to get the people out of there, but they stood strong together. This began April of 2016.
The Standing Rock tribe were trying to prevent this picture shown, this was the biggest obstacle they faced. They tried to stop the construction workers from their work, but that's when the protestors would try to stop them and the police would start assaulting the protestors. The tribe tried to take this to court multiple times but they refused it every time, proceeding with the construction. In the end, there was nearly 500 arrests by the police.
The phrase "NO DAPL!" took the world by storm. Videos from around the globe were put on the internet of people from different countries talking about how the construction is wrong and the people don't deserve that on their land. They stood their ground for nearly ten months and finally, they had to leave their land and the construction continued. The people of the Standing Rock tribe had lost against the government.
This event will go down in history as one of the worst battles between the government and the Standing Rock tribe. They battled for their land, some got arrested, some got beaten, they did what they had to do to try to save their land. They followed the "sit-ins" tactic which was they stayed on that land for nearly ten months and didn't achieve anything, but they sure did get the world's attention. They came up short but will always be remembered for their devotion and courage.
Created with images by Fibonacci Blue - "Dakota Access Pipeline protesters against Donald Trump" • Groushevaia - "Dakota 38" • Fibonacci Blue - "Protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline" • Unsplash - "person human standing"