I’ve had several people ask me about Standing Rock. This is a very brief overview of what is going on at Standing Rock. I’ve supplied more detailed links in the text.
Standing Rock is a Native American Reservation located in North Dakota and South Dakota. There have been continuous protests by indigenous people as well as other supports in an effort to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,172-mile pipe slated to carry crude oil from North Dakota to Southern Illinois.
Native Americans are concerned that the pipeline, which would pass underneath the Missouri River half a mile upstream of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation boundary, will contaminate the tribes only clean water source.
For the government, the Pipeline is a cost-effective way to transport crude oil to major markets. For the Native Americans, the Pipeline is a threat to sacred land and safe drinking water for their people.
There are a lot of things to consider about the protests at Standing Rock including the history that the U.S. Government has with Native Americans and their land. The preservation of Native Americans and their culture has taken a back seat to government interests many times in the past.
You can read a more detailed timeline of the protests at Standing Rock here.
Also, if you’d like to help the efforts at Standing Rock you can find out how to here.