Dogs And Pepper Spray Discharged On Native Americans Protesting North Dakota Pipeline
On Saturday, security guards for the Dakota Access pipeline company discharged dogs and pepper spray on a group of Native American protesters attempting to block the digging for a near $4 billion energy pipeline (DAPL) in Standing Rock, North Dakota.
The demonstrators set up camp last April in defiance of the pipeline they claim will cause catastrophic environmental damage to their lands and drinking water. They also claim it would disturb ancient burial grounds.
A federal judge has ordered a temporary and partial stop to construction. We discuss the potential environmental dangers, the protests, the viral campaign #NoDAPL, and how Illinois could be affected. Al Eastman is a Native American ecologist and spokesperson for the group Chicago in Solidarity with Standing Rock.