The North Dakota Pipeline

Protesters demonstrate against the Energy Transfer Partners' Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota
Photo credit to newsweek.com

Over the weekend, I read an article concerning the protest of Natives against the building of a pipeline through their land.

The protests concerning the pipeline’s construction have illustrated a recurring theme in American history: oppression. Students throughout the nation have learned about the oppression of minorities in early America, namely African Americans and Native Americans. This event demonstrates how oppression still lingers in our modern society.

The Natives have protested against the construction of the pipeline through their land, since they are afraid it will disturb the lands’ sacredness as well as pollute the Missouri River. They occupy the land and, along with their supporters, lead peaceful prayer meetings. However, local authorities have arrested many of them over the accusations of rioting. The colloquial definition of riot, according to google, is: “a violent disturbance of the peace by a crowd” so the accusations are invalid, since the Natives were peacefully praying, not violently rebelling.

This goes to show how some people are out there for profit rather than preserving human rights. Andrew Jackson and his Indian Removal Act are a prime example of this, since his administration moved the Indians off their land for incoming settlers to arrive and work the land. This event will go down in history as another example of an act of oppression against a minority.

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