Indigenous people’s protest against $3bn Dakota oil pipeline escalates; tribes ask Dept of Justice to intervene

Signal of change / Indigenous people’s protest against $3bn Dakota oil pipeline escalates; tribes ask Dept of Justice to intervene

By Charlene Collison / 02 Nov 2016

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have called on the Department of Justice to step in after 127 people were arrested as tensions broke out between protesters and law enforcement officers. Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have been protesting construction of a $3.7-billion oil pipeline, which they say would permanently contaminate the reservation's water supply and destroy lands where many of their ancestors are buried.

So what?

Dozens of indigenous tribes from across the world are coming together in an unprecedented demonstration of unity to protect the Sioux’s land from construction of the pipeline, and over 100 demonstrations in support of their cause have taken place across the US, Europe, Japan and New Zealand.

It’s a sign, among other things, that the environmental and social price of capitalism, and particularly of an energy system based on oil, are increasingly perceived as too high.

Sources

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/tribe-asks-doj-intervene-escalating-dakota-access-pipeline-protests-n671541 https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/13/dakota-access-pipeline-protests-north-dakota-sioux

What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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