The history of Native American’s exploitation is repeating itself as Dakota Pipeline protests continue.
What started off as a peaceful protest in April this year at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation has escalated into a desperate fight for the rights of Native Americans. Pictures of protesters holding up paper signs against the forces of tear gas and rubber bullets illustrate a David-and-Goliath-like fight.
Police forces from across the country have been sent to regain control in North Dakota, where liberal democracy has long been abandoned.
Dakota Access Pipeline is a $3.7bn project by the company Energy Transfer Partners. The pipeline is supposedly 1,172-miles long, carrying 470 000 barrels of crude oil across four states of Northern America every day, a tremendous amount of finite fossil fuels.
Despite having treaties with Standing Rock Sioux that recognize the tribe as a sovereign government, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not hold consolations before approving Dakota Access.
With a history of reckless colonialism, the US government fails to reflect on its wrongdoing and deliberately endangers the existence of a Native American tribe all over again.
The Ancestors of the countries cultural history get treated as criminals and enemies on their own land which they’ve been living on for seven generations.
Not only does Dakota Access threaten the tribe’s life quality, water supply and cultural artefacts but the environment too, which president Obama claims to be so passionate about.
In the promise of profit, the government is quick in forgetting about its hypocritical anti-climate change campaign and furthermore neglects its duty to protect the vulnerable.
Once again, Native Americans get exploited in favour of the country’s economic status, welfare and the oil industry. Dakota Access Pipeline is yet another symbolism of the US government overpowering the minority.