Is a cause worth fighting for, even if it’s built on lies and misinformation?
To some, Native Americans won the battle to keep their tribal lands sacred and their water sources clean when the Army Corps of Engineers declined to give the final approval to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), located near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.
However, there’s more to the story, especially what the mainstream media leaves out.
Let’s set the record straight!
The protests weren’t peaceful:
Several fake stories surfaced about the treatment of the protesters, one claiming police were given the green light to shoot protesters. The protests were far from “peaceful,” as some attacked police, set fires, and damaged private property.
The tribe didn’t give their input in the initial process:
According to court documents, the Army Corps of Engineers attempted several dozen times to meet with the tribe to discuss the DAPL route, but the tribe either failed to respond or dragged their feet.
The North Dakota Public Service Commission told NPR that Standing Rock Sioux did not participate in nearly 30 hours of meetings to determine the pipeline’s southern route, which is odd because the tribe engages with them on other issues.
The Dakota Access Pipeline runs parallel to an existing pipeline:
The DAPL runs parallel to the Northern Border Pipeline, which was built in 1982 to absolutely no protests.
The Government already rerouted DAPL to avoid tribal lands:
Cultural surveys conducted before the pipeline received approval show 91 of 149 eligible sites contained stone features considered sacred by American Indian tribes. The pipeline, which is expected to shuttle more than 500,000 barrels of Bakken oil from North Dakota to Illinois, was rerouted and modified to avoid all 91 of those areas. The modification convinced the U.S. District Court for DC to deny a motion for a preliminary injunction, citing the inability of the tribe to show how the pipeline would damage the group’s sacred ground.
The pipeline doesn’t even run through Standing Rock’s reservation:
The DAPL route is located several miles north of the tribe’s ancestral land, and the entire area the pipeline covers is privately owned. The tribe unsuccessfully tried to prove under the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851 that the land is theirs.
The pipeline was moved over environmental concerns:
Energy Transfer Partners moved the project south closer to Standing Rock reservation because it was 11 miles shorter and considered less damaging to the environment with the least amount of potential damages, according to a report by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Eminent Domain was never invoked on the North Dakota route:
Energy Transfer Partners relied on voluntary easements, which are non-possessory rights to use the property of landowners without owning the land itself. Much of the land protesters are occupying during their demonstrations is private property owned by farmers, however, federal officials refuse to evict them because they don’t want to harm their free speech rights.
Maybe like me, your newsfeed and timeline is filled with good-willing people posting their support and solidarity with the DAPL protesters, but hopefully this clears some things up.
It’s pretty straightforward. These so-called peaceful protesters, and I’m not talking about the Native Americans, are willing to destroy private property and lie about their cause.
Something tells me this is going to change on January 20, 2017 when President Trump takes office.