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In North Dakota over 300 tribal nations and allies from all four corners have united to Stand with Standing Rock in opposition to the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
The DAPL is a $3.8 billion oil pipeline carrying tar sand oil from 1,172 miles from North Dakota to a refinery in Illinois. Its route takes it under the Missouri River at Lake Ohahe. The proposed crossing point is within half a mile of the reservations northern border.
The pipeline represents a very real risk to the future of Standing Rock as even a small oil spill would have long-lasting and devastating effects on the reservations main water supply and erase tribal history and culture. This - and the almost 20 million people that live downstream of the proposed pipeline - is the reason for this historic movement and peaceful resistance.
Jon Eagle Sr. Standing Rock Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) breaks explains how the movement started and where it needs to take us.