Sandy Tolan’s article about the North Dakota Pipeline and its effects on the Native American population illustrate a repeating event throughout history: the oppression of natives. Due to the construction of the 1,172 mile pipeline, sacred tribal sites have been desecrated and the Missouri River is in danger of being contaminated. Various tribes and supporters from around the world have joined in to take a stand.
This is not the first time the Native Americans have been pushed off their land and treated unfairly. In the past, tribes were not allowed to practice their ghost dance, a religious ceremony, in fears that it would unite Native tribes against white government. In the article, the author mentioned how the North Dakota police arrested 126 people for holding a peaceful prayer meeting. Mace and batons were used to break up the group in effort to disrupt their unity.