Published time: 10 Mar, 2017 20:38
Hundreds of Native Americans and environmental activists marched through downtown Washington, DC and picketed the White House to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which has been fast-tracked by the Trump administration.
Protesters first gathered outside the headquarters of the Army Corps of Engineers, the service branch responsible for approving the permit for building the pipeline segment under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. The lake is the primary source of water for the Standing Rock Sioux Nation reservation.
Protests against the pipeline began in March 2016 and succeeded in temporarily halting the construction in December. Within days of his inauguration, however, President Donald Trump ordered the Army to expedite the review. The final segment of the pipeline has since been built, and the oil is scheduled to start flowing as early as Monday.
Gathering outside the White House, protesters called for Trump to meet with tribal leaders and chanted slogans including “Water is life” and “We will resist.”
Among the speakers at the rally were Standing Rock Sioux chairman Dave Archambault III, US Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), and rapper Talib Kweli.
“We do not have the luxury not to resist this administration,” said rapper Talib Kweli, speaking outside the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, as icy rain turned to snow flurries. “You know what’s uncomfortable? Injustice.”
On Tuesday, a federal judge dismissed the complaint by the Cheyenne River Sioux, who tried to block the pipeline on grounds that having the oil flow under the lake would infringe on their religious freedoms.
Source: Word News