Hope for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe exists

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Tribe members gather around in fight to stop the drilling of the Dakota Pipeline.

Natalie Perez, Co-Editor in Chief

      There was a small victory for those fighting in North Dakota this week, as the U.S Army declared a halt in the Dakota Access Pipeline and its construction.

      For months, Standing Rock Sioux tribe members and their allies battled the pipeline and the violence it brought, they often referred to it as a “black snake.” They stood in the path of the pipeline  during both peaceful actions and clashes with authorities that turned violent. From being sprayed with water in below freezing temperatures to being shot with rubber pellets that have now caused some to lose their eyesight, it has been proven that Native Americans have yet to be taken seriously in the eyes of the law and what the law is supposed to protect them from. The Army plans on “re-routing” the path away from the Sioux sacred land.

      Protests erupted around the United States, gaining attention of the President Barack Obama and his administration which led to the halt in construction until they developed a more detailed environmental impact and routing. The problem many that are still on Sioux land are facing is that regardless of what the U.S Army states, the Pipeline is still being drilled.

      In fact, this is not the first time corporations have worked with no regard to the law and faced no consequence for it. The Paradigm Energy Partners in North Dakota are facing legal action with the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Tribes as they build a pipeline underneath Lake Sakakawea.  The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation asserts that Paradigm was required, but failed to get the tribe’s permission to begin pipeline construction under the lake.

      The Tribal Business Council voted Aug. 3 to issue a cease and desist order to halt all construction under Lake Sakakawea. While tribal members and allies should celebrate the victory of DAPL, the celebration cover up what companies have the power to do in this country.