Native American Issues Native Americans Essay

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Cayden Snow November 17, 2016
Contemporary Native American Issues Native American

There are hundreds of Native American reservations scattered across the United States of America, and many of them are sacred burials and other important archeology sites from their ancestors. In North Dakota, the Dakota Access Pipeline is now being built which will ruin many burial and sacred sites of one of the local reservations near Bismarck. This pipeline will span from North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, polluting and poisoning large areas of lands. The pipeline is approximately 1,172-mile, 30-inch diameter pipe. The pipeline will transport light sweet crude oil and reach major refining markets. Approximately 470,000 barrels of oil will be transported per day. The Native Americans from seven tribes of the Lakota (Sioux) nation and tribe of Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Oregon and of the indigenous nations and dozens of other organizations are preparing to stop the construction of this pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has had many of their burial sites ruined as the pipe line construction workers removed one hundred feet by two miles of top soil across the private lands of the tribe. One of the tribal preservation officers said that they had allowed the pipe line owners to survey the area to the North, but in the process many of the cairn burial rock formations have been ruined. This has outraged many of the people living in the tribe. They have started
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