The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1200-mile-long underground oil pipeline extending from the Bakken oil fields of northwest North Dakota, southeast through South Dakota and Iowa, and ending near Patoka, IL. The construction of the pipeline, which is in progress, would disturb sacred burial grounds and impact the water rights of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. A number of Native Americans, including the Meskwaki and several Sioux tribal nations, have opposed the pipeline. Extensive protests at the site, as well as the treatment of protesters by local and state authorities, have made national news.
Native youth and supporters protest in NY against Dakota Access Pipeline. By Joe Catron, flickr.com.