Clean water vs oil – planning for 7 generation in the future. Dozens of tribes have joined the camps against the Dakota Access pipeline in an unprecedented show of unity and the largest Native American mobilization in almost 150 years.
On September 3, the Dakota Access pipeline company attacked Native Americans with dogs and pepper spray as they protested against the $3.8 billion pipeline’s construction. If completed, the pipeline would carry about 500,000 barrels of crude per day from North Dakota’s Bakken oilfield to Illinois. The project has faced months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and members of nearly 100 more tribes from across the U.S. and Canada.
Private security forces attacked anti-Dakota pipeline activists on Saturday with dogs and pepper spray during a nonviolent action, according to activists there, who said six people were bitten and 12 maced.
Activists with the Red Warrior Camp, who led the protest, have been organizing direct actions for a month to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which crosses treaty-protected Native lands and which they fear will contaminate the drinking water of millions if it breaks.
The group of “water protectors” continued their action despite the dog bites and eventually managed to stop construction for the day, they wrote in a Facebook post. One horse was bitten, they added, and state patrol helicopters flew overhead, wrote reporter Ruth Hopkins.
“That kind of approach—with people who are protecting the land from being destroyed, approaching peacefully and unarmed, and met with that kind of violent force—is an indicator of how severely they impact those companies,” said one Red Warrior Camp member who goes by Alas Nocturnas to teleSUR. “When you mess with that money, to them, it is something worth attacking people for.