To The Daily Sun,
It was great to read the Sun's coverage of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the story of Jennifer Hyslop from Tilton making a trip to Standing Rock to fight for the tribe and its water. She is right that no one seems to be aware of what is happening out there in Cannonball, North Dakota.
While the proposed oil pipeline threatens the tribe's water supply and violates the tribe's 1851 treaty with the United States, what is so perplexing about the issue is that the pipeline was initially proposed to be built to go by the City of Bismarck, some 40 miles north of Cannonball. But, when there was public outcry due to the oil pipeline threatening the city's water supply, the line was rerouted to go by the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation instead. The demographics of Bismarck is 95 percent white.
As Hyslop pointed out, law enforcement was militarized at the site of the protest. Police and private security detail were hosing down protesters with water in sub-freezing temperatures, shooting rubber bullets at protesters' heads, and blasting people with flash grenades. People lost limbs and broke bones because of police brutality and excessive force.
It's because of the dedicated people like Hyslop, who have come together with the tribe, to temporarily stop the madness. Unfortunately, there is much to worry, as Hyslop points out. Though the Army Corps of Engineers is requiring an environmental study of alternative routes, the new administration could allow the pipeline to be built. While the Chief of the Tribe has requested a meeting with Trump, a government-to-government meeting may produce nothing but a typical charade.
We can only hope that the Standing Rock Sioux get the respect and understanding they deserve.
East Glacier, Mont.
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