Native American Dakota Access Pipeline

What lead to the event? Construction workers tried taking away the Dakota Pipeline. Native Americans worship and protect sacred places. They believe that sacred areas are places for human remembrance, such as a battle site or a burial. So, the Natives stood up for their sacred place and fought back.

Date & Location: The pipeline talk about removal stated in January of 2016. The pipeline runs from North Dakota all the way to Illinois.

Events Purpose: The purpose was to stop the construction so the Native's camped out across the pipeline in hopes to save the sacred site.

What would be created as a result: Ending the destruction of the pipeline and giving the Natives what they want & deserve.

Who were the people at the trunk of the tree? There were many Native leaders, Lakota leader Dave Archambault Jr. says, "'The Dakota Access pipeline as both a 'sacred place' and a 'burial site,' or as both a place set aside from human presence and a place form human reverence'"(13). The Natives all supported and helped to fight with each other. There were other ethnic groups that helped out and supported as well.

Group Demographics(people in groups): The Natives and other supporters are in a group that stands up for sacred places.

Names of important people: Lakota leader Dave Archambault Jr., Lakota scholar Vine Deloria Jr., Scholar Stephen Pevar, William Graham.

How did those important people impact the event? They all talked and continued to stand up from the move. They helped get the fighters prepared and were there for support.

Obstacles facing the group: Were attacked by the SWAT team and guards. Family members and close one's were taken away because of threats and violence to the guards and SWAT team.

How did they overcome these obstacles? They fought together and stood together, strong, tall, and proud.

What was attacking the tree? The fact that the sacred place was going to be taken away. Also, the people that did not want to pipeline to be there.

Outcome/ Lasting impact of the event: The pipelines may impact oil production, how the pipelines will impact people, how the pipelines may affect animals, what the pipelines mean for climate.

How does the event impact today? Climate change and oil production will change the way people think about the pipeline. People are trying to save animals and the earth but the pipeline and other pipeline's are potentially hurting it.

What are the legacy and lasting effects of the pipeline? Native Americans fighting and standing strong together with the help of other races. Things like oil production, and how the pipeline affects people.


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