North Dakota Pipeline vs. Natives What do students think ?

Nayeli Esquilin and Zachary Larkin

It is certain that natives have had their share of unfair treatments these past centuries. So when a pipeline was announced, the natives, of The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, were infuriated that this pipeline would cross through their sacred land & could tarnish their water supply.  

The Dakota pipeline is a literal pipe that would transport some 570,000 barrels worth of crude oil from Dakota to Illinois almost daily ,according to Time magazine’s website.

According to Mother, ever since the pipeline was scheduled to be built in late July, it has sparked an outrage in the native american community.Protest by the natives have begun to reach a boiling point. The Sioux natives are angry that the pipeline will cross underneath one of their rivers.

Oil can cause multiple factors to the environment .“What happens if there is an oil spill it will harm the animals and the surrounding area,” said Michelle Danglade, 8th grader. Danglade also did not seem pleased with the effects that oil have on the human body.

It will leak into the river which makes underground water pockets and rivers nearby to be filled will oil becoming extremely toxic if breathed in. According to scientific American’s website, oil even touching human skin can cause respiratory problems and skin irritation due to the chemical compounds in oil.

“I’ve heard it through CNN and a friend of mine,” said Brooklyn Moore, 8th grader, “I agree with the natives because it’s their sacred land & it could damage relationships, between the natives & the government of North Dakota.” Moore said.

Although some students knew what the North Dakota pipeline was, most unfortunately did not. For example, Amanda Lugo, 8th grade Dobie student, did not know what the pipeline was.”I don’t read or watch the news so…” said Lugo.

Most of the students who were informed about the situations prior to the interview were very supportive of natives, and didn’t want the pipeline to be built underneath the river.

A lot of students couldn’t think of a solution other than to simply not build the pipe. Moore was very adamant about the absence of a pipeline.

“Life is uncertain, so we have to do what we can to help others..especially our brothers in North Dakota…” said an unnamed chieftain at the 6th annual Indian Pow Wow at Traders Village

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