And if they do plan on staying, preparations are needed. Michael J. Dax wrote at YES! Magazine that as “Oceti Sakowin is set in the large, open floodplain of the Cannonball River, it will provide little shelter from winter winds.” But already, as Jaffe wrote, “deliveries of blankets and warm clothing were constant, as was the chopping of wood for fires and discussion of what kinds of structures would allow the camps to stay in place through the bitter cold months ahead.” Thirty-nine-year old Lakota Yuwitawin simply said, “We’re native people. This is just what we do is survive.”
Further south, protests are also continuing along the pipeline’s route in Iowa, and on Saturday, 32 people were arrested and charged with trespassing after attempting to stop construction by tearing down a security fence around a boring site.
Praising ongoing resistance to stop the pipeline, 350.org’s Bill McKibben said to Democracy Now! last week, “They’re holding the line against something that threatens not only their reservation, but threatens the whole planet.”
McKibben’s praise came as nearly 100 scientists denounced in an open letter the “inadequate environmental and cultural impact assessments” for the pipeline, “which is symptomatic of the United States’ continued dependence on fossil fuels in the face of predicted broad-scale social and ecological impacts from global climate change.”
One small section of the pipeline has been halted by the Obama administration, but the Dallas Morning News reports on Monday that “the fate of the project is still unknown.”
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