The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) was approved by the Army Corps of Engineers and the new administration. It will stretch 1,172 miles from the Bakken oilfields in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois and carry 570,000 barrels per day of crude to refineries across the U.S. By now you've heard of it and maybe also about the protesters, who call themselves "Water Protectors," who were treated violently by police for months as they peacefully camped by the potential site of the pipeline in protest. Over the course of the fight, protectors have been attacked by private security with pepper spray and dogs, and riot police made mass arrests of protectors, medics, and journalists in the area. Several reporters were arrested for simply covering the protests, a clear attempt to intimidate the media to keep them from bringing attention to the pipeline and protests. Since a previous post on how to support #NoDAPL and the Standing Rock Sioux in September, things have moved pretty quickly.
- On December 5, the Army Corps of Engineers denied approval for the final permit that would have allowed the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to cross under North Dakota’s Lake Oahe, into the traditional territory of the Standing Rock Sioux.
- On January 24, in one of his first executive orders, President Trump approved the pipeline to move forward.
- On February 8, the Army Corps of Engineers granted an easement, cancelling its promised environmental review, which could have taken two years.
- On February 22, the largest camp of protesters was forced to evacuate the Oceti Sakowin camp, burning down its remaining structures as they left. Construction continues on the pipeline and drilling has begun to route the pipeline under Lake Oahe, the water source the Standing Rock Sioux and thousands of allies, including hundreds of Native American tribes, fought so hard to protect.
What can you do:
2) Donate to the legal defense fund, for protesters who have been arrested or will be arrested in the course of this fight.
4) Break up with your mega-bank that's funding DAPL and other pipelines and fossil fuels
5) Attend a local action - This calendar is constantly updated with local actions from coast to coast and everywhere in between. Find one near you, or add yours to the list if you organize an event.
6) Join the Native Nations March on Washington - On March 10, Native peoples and their allies will gather on the National Mall and walk to the White House.
7) Call North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple at 701-328-2200. Please provide a succinct and respectful message stating your reasons for opposing the pipeline and your concerns about the treatment of American Indians, protesters, and the intimidation of the media (including arresting reporters).
8) Spread the word.
- Educate yourself and others about Standing Rock and the fight for clean water.
- On social media, use #NoDAPL and #RiseWithStandingRock to connect with others on the conversation.