@Regrann from @berning_media - @Regrann from @freedom_faction - Opponents of the #dakotaaccesspipelinewho were pushed out of their protest camp this week have vowed to keep up efforts to stop the multibillion-dollar project and take the fight to other pipelines as well.
The #ocetisakowincamp in #CannonBall, NorthDakota, was cleared by #lawenforcementon Thursday and almost 50 people, many of them , were arrested.
The number of demonstrators had dwindled from the thousands who poured into the camp starting in August to oppose the pipeline that critics say threatens the water resources and sacred land of the #StandingRockSiouxTribe. The tribe has said it intends to fight the pipeline in court.
The 1,170-mile (1,885 km) line, built by #EnergyTransferPartners LP, will move crude from the shale oilfields of North Dakota to #illinoisen route to the #GulfofMexico, where many U.S. refineries are located.
Tonya Olsen, 46, an Ihanktonwan Sioux from #SiouxFalls, #SouthDakota, who had lived at the camp for 3-1/2 months, said she was saddened by the eviction but proud of the protesters.
She has moved to another nearby camp on Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation land, across the Cannon Ball River. “A lot of people will take what they’ve learned from this movement and take it to another one,” Olsen said. She may join a protest if one forms against the Keystone XL pipeline near the Lower Brulé Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, she added.
Tom Goldtooth, a protest leader and executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, said the demonstrators’ hearts were not defeated. “The closing of the camp is not the end of a movement or fight, it is a new beginning,” Goldtooth said in a statement on Thursday. “They cannot extinguish the fire that Standing Rock started.” Many hope their fight against the project will spur similar protests targeting pipelines across the #unitedstatesand Canada, particularly those routed near #nativeamericanland. “The embers are going to be carried all over the place,” said Forest Borie, 34, a protester from #Tijuana, Mexico, who spent four months in North Dakota. “This is going to be a revolutionary year,” he added. ✋🏾More in co