James Mayer // Op-Ed: What’s Missing from the Dakota Access Pipeline Story? – The Commentator

Op-Ed: What’s Missing from the Dakota Access Pipeline Story? – The Commentator – The Standing Rock Sioux oppose Dakota Access because it destroys their cultural heritage by damaging sacred sites, destroying traditional burial grounds, and degrading ancestral lands, and this is the foundation of their legal challenge to Dakota Access. Central to the community’s legal case is that they were not consulted in the development or permitting of the pipeline, in violation of the National Historic Preservation Act. The Sioux allege that Energy Transfer Partners did not consult with them in surveying the pipeline route and did not approach them for input until permits were nearly approved. Until Dakota Access respects and accommodates the community’s cultural heritage, the Standing Rock Sioux will continue to fight.

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