DAPL Access Denied

Mni Wiconi! (Lakota for Water is Life)

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Michael Boise

Protesters stand strong despite their minor victory in pipeline struggle.

Hunter Watson

For months now, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been battling against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which they dubbed “the black snake.” The peaceful protestors, also called the Water Protectors, have been living at Standing Rock and Cannonball Ranch for months while protesting the pipeline. Their reasoning for the protests are that the pipeline goes directly through one of their sacred sites, was started illegally, and if it breaks, it would contaminate the entire Missouri River. Millions of Americans rely on the Missouri River for water, even though they might not know it. The Native Americans have been trying to protect this water source because they understand the consequences of the pipeline breaking. Now, you may wonder why they’re so worried about it breaking. Of course, you hardly ever hear about things like that so they must not happen often, right? Wrong. The media almost always refuses to cover pipeline issues, but there have been more than 3,300 pipeline leaks this year alone.  80 people have been killed, 389 injured, and they cost $2.8 billion in damages. Knowing that this could happen again, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe took a stand.

We know DAPL can appeal. This battle is won, but the war isn’t over”

— Danny Grassrope

On December 4th, 2016, the Army Corps of Engineers declared that the Dakota Access Pipeline permit will not be granted. One of the last major pushes the protesters gave was when hundreds of U.S. veterans went to Standing Rock to protect the water protectors from the cruelty of the troops up there. However, even now that the pipeline permit has been denied, there are still dark clouds on the horizon. If the DAPL appeals, then this whole process will start over again. A member of the Lower Bruce Sioux tribe, Danny Grassrope, put it best when he said, “We know DAPL can appeal. This battle is won, but the war isn’t over.” With this major victory won, the tribes are celebrating but also remaining wary of the forces that, even now, are working against them.