Recently there has been an increased dialogue surrounding the demonstrations, protests and other events happening in Standing Rock, North Dakota, where the Standing Rock Sioux and numerous other tribes and allies have come together to protest the North Dakota Access Pipeline or DAPL.
Through chants and protests – as well as tweets and the #NoDAPL hashtag – people are making their concerns about the partially completed pipeline known.
Indigenous peoples in the region state that the current trajectory of the pipeline disturbs sacred sites and threatens to pollute the drinking water of the people living there.
Protesters are facing stiff resistance from law enforcement and private security hired by Dakota Access, LCC and Energy Transfer, the companies building the pipeline who claim that the protestors are trespassing.
As the situation becomes increasingly tense, recordings and claims of protesters being mistreated and abused continue to arise. The topic continues to demand more attention from the public at the national and sometimes global level and many have already pledged solidarity with the protestors.
This is what the reporters of The kNOw Youth Media had to say about the DAPL.