Are you following what's happening in North Dakota right now? Thousands of Native Americans have been camping out in North Dakota since April to protest against a pipeline that is meant to cross sacred burial grounds and the Missouri river - the main water source for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. But now, police are using military-style force to protect the corporate interests behind this pipeline. Last week, some protesters moved their camp directly in the path of the proposed pipeline as construction nears the river, but on Thursday morning, police descended on the camp with a show of force not yet seen in the months of peaceful protests. We, by no means, support or endorse violence from either protestors or police, and hope both sides are able to ease tension and not lead to injuries or casualties.
"This hurts so much. I live in a city and know what it's like not to have access to freshwater. But I chose this by living here. These people are trying to protect their livelihood, as without water where they live, they can't live there." Said Lawrence Blake Group Chief Executive, L. Blake Harvey, on Facebook.
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