Religion And Sacred Sites Of The Sioux Tribe

1114 WordsApr 25, 20175 Pages
The United States is currently attempting to build a pipeline underneath Lake Oahe that will damage Native American burial sites and will contaminate primary source of drinking water for the Sioux Tribe. First there will be a brief description of what happening with the protest at Standing Rock. Following these facts about this atrocity this paper will begin with a historical summary of the Sioux Tribe, the main set of protesters who are fighting to keep the pipeline from being constructed. Following this the paper will discus the culture and sacred sites that the pipeline would be affecting for the Sioux Tribe. Therefore no tribe should have to go through these abuse violation of their lands and such should be a better policy to protect…show more content…
Sadly as of February 2017 there was a camp evacuation and the day after both law enforcement and National Guard preformed a military take over of the site. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe challenged the decision in court, but the tribal council supported the closing of the encampments. This makes the movement divided but not erased from existence. Colonist are known for attempting of genocide to the Native American people, but failed due to the diligence and resourcefulness tribes just like the Sioux. According to Dr. Gagnon, author of Culture and Customs of the Sioux Indians, the Sioux tribe had only existed for seven hundred years. Some had lived in the Woodland areas while others lived in the prairies of Minnesota. Many of these groups vary from historical experiences and different dialect due to the separation of the tribe but they all remained under the same tribal name. The text provides a chronology time line that starts around 10,000 years ago with ancestral Sioux living in the Appalachians probably near Kentucky or Ohio. Ancestral Sioux are descended from Paleo-Indians, who entered into North America millennia ago. They migrated around 1300 AD to northern Minnesota then in 1500AD the Proto-Sioux become the Sioux. Around the mid-1800s the free nomadic way of life for the Sioux came to an end. As for Standing Rock reservation, located in south central North Dakota and in north central South Dakota, there are two different forms of origins for
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