Natives vs. Authorities

In this article, we see history repeats itself! This battle between the police and Indians can be related back to when Europeans first arrived in America. The Natives, that referred themselves as water protectors, generate a strong determination to prevent the people of Energy Transfer try to build an oil pipeline close by the Missouri River . Natives did not want the pipeline to contaminate their resources. As the protest, which authorities called a “riot,” proceeded on and on, the police became more involved. Approximately 200 or more people were arrested then they even as far as to pepper spray the protesters. They justified their violence with the people resisting arrest, although a victim witnessed a nice man, who did not resist, sprayed down. One of the quotes that stood out to me was “We’re trying to protect our future,” because these people feel so strongly about fighting for what they think is right that they would put their lives on the line. I hope to feel as strongly about something like these people do. 

Tolan, Sandy. “Clashes, Arrests and Fears — North Dakota Pipeline Protest at a Boiling Point.” Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 2016. Web. 12 Dec. 2016.


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