How young Native Americans built and sustained the #NoDAPL movement

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Tokata Iron Eyes is beaming. Surrounded by journalists, camera crews and activists, the 13-year-old water protector—what she and other demonstrators call themselves—stands in the snow at a camp near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, wearing a heavy gray coat, a large knitted scarf and thick burgundy mittens.

Just minutes earlier, she and the rest of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe learned that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers won’t grant an easement that would have allowed construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to cross under Lake Oahe on the Missouri River. For months, Native American activists and allies have argued that the 1,172-mile, $3.8 billion pipeline project would pollute the region’s water supplies and desecrate sacred sites. Read more…

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Dakota Access pipeline opponents just scored a huge victory

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Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline erupted in cheers on Sunday after U.S. regulators rejected a final permit needed to complete the controversial pipeline.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it won’t grant an easement that would’ve allowed the pipeline’s builders to run the conduit under Lake Oahe, a reservoir near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.

The decision is an enormous victory for the thousands of people camped near the disputed construction site. 

Native American activists and their allies have insisted that the $3.8 billion project would threaten the region’s water supplies and damage sacred sites. Critics also noted the 1,170-mile pipeline would boost U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by allowing for increased oil production in North Dakota’s shale region. Read more…

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Amnesty condemns ‘excessive’ violence at Standing Rock, calls for Obama to act

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Days after local authorities were condemned for spraying people with water cannons in freezing temperatures, Amnesty International has called for an end to America’s “over-militarized” response to the Standing Rock protest in North Dakota.

On Saturday, the organisation demanded President Obama halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. 

It also condemned the “excessive” force used on those seeking to end the nearly 1,200-mile oil pipeline’s advance under the Missouri River — the chief water source for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

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