Activists Head Back to Standing Rock as Trump Does the Unthinkable to the Environment

Credit: Paula Kirman

Trump has already signed two executive orders to move forward with construction of the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines.

Both pipelines have been the subject of huge protests over the past few years. The protest at Standing Rock in North Dakota drew international media attention – as people were shot with teargas and water guns in below-freezing temperatures.

Now, North Dakota is even trying to pass a law to make it so that drivers can “accidentally” hit and kill protesters.

Native American tribes and climate activists have vowed to fight the pipelines “for a lifetime,” if necessary.

Here’s what they’re saying:

  • Americans know this pipeline was unfairly rerouted towards our nation and without our consent. The existing pipeline route risks infringing on our treaty rights, contaminating our water and the water of 17 million Americans downstream.”
  • “I’m staying here. I’m standing with the natives. This is our future,” said Benjamin Buffalo, 45, a Blackfeet tribal member from Browning, Montana. “I disagree with what Trump did because he’s ruining the future for our children.”

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Shaw has written for USA Today, CNN, Capitol Weekly, Independent Voter Network News, and The Energy Collective. At age 19, she was appointed to the Community Health Commission for the City of Berkeley by Mayor Tom Bates and served on the Mayor's Health Task Force. She acts and models professionally and has performed at Carnegie Hall. Shaw is a native San Franciscan. She studied political economy, public policy, biology, and rhetoric at UC Berkeley, and graduated in 2016. Through reformed education and effective communication, she is interested in making complex concepts accessible to broader audiences in hope of creating a more aware and active world.


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