Over 200 hundred Native American tribes have been tirelessly fighting big oil in hopes to prevent the Dakota Access Pipeline from being built. As of last night, they have won a key victory. Judge James Boasberg granted restraining order on part of the land that is considered sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. This ancient burial ground and prayer site, would have been destroyed by the pipeline.
This victory comes after horrific violent clashes, using force and unleashed attack dogs, between protesters and security officers over this last weekend. The company contracted out to build the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, had hoped this past weekend’s holiday would be a good distraction and they could start construction. But thousands of protesters stood their ground.
We shall see after Friday, when the restraining order is lifted, what will happen to the land, the pipeline and the protestors.
— Thom Hartmann (@Thom_Hartmann) September 6, 2016