Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Trump disrespecting Standing Rock Sioux Tribe with Dakota Access Pipeline

By SJ Otto
After just a few days in office President Donald Trump has
begun his destructive agenda, which will adversely affect Native American Indian, immigrants and Muslims.
First he signed an executive orders that will make it easier for TransCanada to construct the Keystone XL pipeline and for Energy Transfer Partners to build the final uncompleted portion of the Dakota Access pipeline.
Both of these pipelines are a risk to the environment. But the Dakota Access pipeline is a slap in the face to Native American Indians. More than 200 years ago, European invaders stole most Indian land, putting the Native American Indians on reservations, designed to be the worst land available for them, while making sure white people got all of the most valuable land. Fast forward 250 years, our government still disrespects the Native American Indian people and the land they live on.
For months now, members of the StandingRock Sioux Tribe and other supporters have protested to keep the pipeline off of Native American lands. President Barack Obama backed down and stopped the project. Now Trump has pushed ahead, rolling over tribal rights of the Sioux, giving no thought to their needs or religious beliefs. As with other minorities, Trump just doesn’t care.
It seems that this president is not the least bit interested in any minority’s rights. And after almost 250 years Native American Indians still can’t get the respect they need and deserve.
And he is just getting started. Trump plans to discriminate against Muslims coming into the US and he still plans to build a wall along the Mexican border. It is going to be a rough four years for minorities in this country.

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