Has Standing Rock Fallen?
The Media is fickle and sometimes public indignation raised by a particular issue is as fleeting as the falling of a shooting star – burning brightly at first, then fading quickly as the social-political climate changes.
Many on Facebook will recall the righteous indignation as ‘oil barons’ sought to drive a pipeline through the centre of a First Nation People’s land; many spoke out with anger at the plans for the Dakota Access Pipeline; petitions were shared and so on and so forth.
So what happened to all of that interest, that focussed energy?
Did the issue simply vanish as personal ‘newsfeeds’ choked up with other stories; pictures of fluffy kittens and comments on celebrity body image and style?
Well, The Atlantic Daily had the following headline on the 9th June…
“Oil is flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline”
The pipeline runs more than 1,800 miles, linking oil fields in North Dakota to refineries, ports, and further pipelines in southern Illinois. It is planned to transport more than 520,000 barrels of oil per day. Perhaps more relevantly to this piece, there is oil flowing beneath Lake Oahe which is sacred to local Lakota and Dakota people and their only source of water.
So after 750 arrests, First People protests, social media reportage and the ‘healing prayers’ of the masses the battle seems to have been lost.
The war, however, is not over. There are still legal challenges to be had and these are now being considered by the federal courts in the District of Columbia. Of particular focus is President Trumps ‘rapid approval’ of the scheme in January.
“I just closed my eyes and said, Do It” he has been reported to have said this week.
That’s it – close your eyes and say “Do It?” – and this man is the Commander in Chief of one of the most powerful countries in the world?
This image from The Atlantic
On a positive note, EcoWatch reports that …
The Wallace Global Fund awarded the inaugural Henry A. Wallace Award and a $250,000 prize to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for its unyielding courage in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and its dedication to transitioning to renewable energy. In addition to the $250,000 prize, the tribe will receive up to a $1 million investment from the Wallace Global Fund to support its transition toward fossil fuel independence. (08/06/17)
So rather than letting this issue fade in your minds amid a backwash of cute critters and celebrity critiques, explore Standing Rock Tribal website and see what you can do to keep the eyes of people on the legal process.