Indigenous Protesters Remain Firm Against Dakota Access Pipeline
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FEATURING WIYAKA EAGLEMAN – It has been nearly 5 months since an occupation in North Dakota to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline began. But only in the past several weeks has the major national media taken notice.
Thousands of indigenous people and environmental activists, led by members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe have camped out near the Cannon Ball River. They’re calling the space, Sacred Stone camp and their effort to stop the pipeline has been met by heavy police presence and arrests. There have even been some reports of cell service being cut to the area. Still, the occupation continues to grow.
The Dakota Access Pipeline was quietly approved by federal regulators even as activists were celebrating the rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The Dakota Access Pipeline is only 7 miles shorter than Keystone. Today we go live to Sacred Stone camp to speak with one activist who has been camping there since April 1st when the occupation first began.
Wiyaka Eagleman, Member of the Sicangu Lakota Tribe, camping at Sacred Stone.