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Tribe’s Fight for Land Rghts Goes Back Long Before Pipeline


Tribe’s Fight for Land Rghts Goes Back Long Before Pipeline

Steven Mufson

In the Dakota language, the word “oahe” signifies “a place to stand on.”

And that’s what the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies in the environmental and activist movements say they are doing: using Lake Oahe in North Dakota as a place to take a stand by setting up camps and blocking roads in order to block the controversial $3.7 billion Dakota Access pipeline.


Excellent summary of the history of the land.

It seems like the phrase that the dispute is "on the Tribe's land that was seized by the Army in 1944" should be repeated in every communication and article.

It is the Morton County Sheriff and the pipeline construction crews who are trespassing -- not the the Water Protectors.


The first treaty the newly formed Goverment of The United States of America signed with any First Nations peoples was with the Delaware and signed in 1778.

The US Goverment broke it within a year.


Great thanks to Steven Mufson for his brilliant history, bringing the current conflict into sharp focus - the US has been, and is still, violating Native American rights, territory and resources since the "discovery" by whites - they have been fighting terrorism since 1492.
"We", through our corrupt and morally devoid 'leaders", have broken every promise and treaty we ever made, and enforced the racism, betrayals and thefts with violence and genocide.................same as it ever was.