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TOPIC: NO DAPL

NO DAPL 04 Dec 2016 19:33 #11153

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Today through Twitter I learned that the Dakota Access Pipeline will be blocked. This was extremely satisfying news to hear after continuously keeping up with the protests that had been occurring because of it. The purpose of the pipeline was for the US to be energy independent in transporting oil to refineries, but there were a lot of negative impacts that would come with it. The main issue was that it would run through areas that were populated with Native American tribes, possibly contaminating their water source and impacting their air and farming. Another issue was that there were no prior discussions about the pipeline with any of the indian tribes in the area.

The decision to place the pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe was actually a reroute from its previous location, which was supposed to travel north of Bismarck. This was rejected because of a potential threat to Bismarck’s water supply, so why change the route to directly impact indigenous people? It’s clear that this decision was made without consideration of the indian reservation. The pipeline was rerouted from a more urban area and instead targeted an already marginalized community. This didn’t stop the native american tribes that continued to protest and battle the violence they were met with by police officers.

After months of native americans protesting, the Obama Administration and the Army Corps of Engineers ultimately decided on blocking the proposed route, stating that possible alternative routes would be evaluated. This was a huge milestone for indian tribes that have never really stopped fighting for basic rights. To me, this proved that protesting can be a productive way of creating change. It shows that a community organizing for their rights is not pointless. It also justified other movements like Black Lives Matter that continuously get criticized for practicing protest as a means for change.
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NO DAPL 06 Dec 2016 09:02 #11180

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In regards to DAPL I also saw how law enforcement was shooting water towards protestors when in reality they protecting their own. I never really understood what DAPL meant and why people on social media were posting on NO DAPL. Based on your post I am happy that this measure was stopped on time. It is good news to hear that the Obama Administration and the Army Corps proposed other solution routes brings endogenous people peace.
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