Native Americans and activists across the world are showing their solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in the U.S. state of North Dakota.
For months, thousands of indigenous people and activists have protested the construction of a crude oil pipeline known as the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Why people are protesting the DAPL?
The $3.7 billion project would move crude oil through the U.S. States of North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.
Supporters said the pipeline could produce as much as 374-million gallons of gasoline a day changing the landscape of the U.S. crude oil supply.
Native Americans and environmentalists warn, if completed, the pipeline endangers the primary water source for the Standing Rock reservation.
To discuss the protests:
- Tara Houska, U.S. national campaigns director of Honor the Earth and a citizen of the Couchiching First Nation.
For more on the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline:
- Eryn Wise, a media liaison for the International Indigenous Youth Council
- Tyson Slocum, director of the Energy Program at Public Citizen
- Carl Larry, director and principal consultant for Oil and Gas at the consulting firm Frost and Sullivan