Hundreds of demonstrators in North Dakota have been arrested in recent weeks while taking a stand in protest against the building of an oil pipeline on Native American land.
The Dakota Access Pipeline, which is meant to carry crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois, has the potential of damaging the sacred Native American site and priceless artifacts, as well as being hazardous to the drinking water in the area.
North Dakota regulators criticized the pipeline company for not immediately reporting the discovery of American Indian artifacts after it was reveale that they instead waited 10 days before doing so. In response to the rightful outrage over the pipeline, President Obama recently raised the possibility of future reroutes to alleviate tribal concerns.
As we continue to stand in solidarity with the Native American communities in North Dakota, here are 28 riveting photos from the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests.
North Dakota Protests
Protestors demonstrating against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline that has already destroyed sacred burial lands in North Dakota.