Hundreds of Veterans Join North Dakota Protests
Recently, protests at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, in North Dakota, against the installation of an oil pipeline have sparked much criticism against the administration of US President Barack Obama, and had raised much concern among organizations pro human rights, such as UNESCO, Amnesty International, United Nations and others. Many US military veterans have joined activists in North Dakota and are now protesting against the multibillion dollar project to build a massive subterranean oil pipeline that is supposed to cross the nation from West to East. The activists have been demonstrating in subzero temperatures and have been tortured by showering cold water on them by high pressure hoses and water cannons installed on riot control vehicles and fire trucks.
Standing Rock Indian Reservation is a territory that was designated by the US Government to be given to the Native American nations, where they would be allowed to rule themselves, with their own police forces. As such, some Federal Laws do not apply within these territories and state police has no jurisdiction over them either. Standing Rock has its own constitution and its governing body consists of a Tribal Council elected by its people. The US government is violating the agreement and terms of the contract with the Native American nations by forcing the installation of a pipeline underneath Standing Rock’s soil.
Currently, there are many Native American communities camping at the site, who have been joined by many political, environmental and human rights activists. One of the first Native nations to have reacted and publicly spoken against the installation of the oil pipeline was The Sioux, later joined by other Native Americans. Their main concern is that the building of the oil pipeline will run over sacred burial sites, and also contaminate Standing Rock’s water supply.