Indigenous tribes and alliances intensify their fight against the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock. As new tribes join the resistance, a spiritual movement between Native American tribes is augmented.
Protests at Standing Rock began at the end of August when The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe realized the urgency of the situation; 45 miles of the Dakota Access Pipeline had already been built. While the media labels those peacefully protesting at Standing Rock as ‘protestors,’ they’d rather call themselves ‘protectors’ of the earth, water, the sacred, and life.
In a media statement released by the Grand Sioiux Standing Rock Tribe, the Tribe at the heart of the movement, they describe that The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not honor a consultation process with the Tribe before proceeding with construction provisions. The Tribe notes that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ‘did not hold meaningful consultation with our Tribe before approving construction of this pipeline’ and demand a survey of cultural resources and a complete, full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
Claims are made that more than 200 tribes have joined the movement to protect Standing Rock. A certain group, the Winona Dakota Unity Alliance, which is an alliance between the Winona people of Minnesota and the Dakota Nation. They issued a “Formal Resolution in Support of Standing Rock Sioux Nation and the Protectors.”