The Dakota Access Pipeline And Environmental Racism

Tonya Stands recovers after being pepper sprayed by police after swimming across a creek with other protesters hoping to build a new camp to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline
Tonya Stands recovers after being pepper sprayed by police after swimming across a creek with other protesters hoping to build a new camp to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, near Cannon Ball, N.D. on Nov. 2, 2016. John L. Mone / Associated Press
Tonya Stands recovers after being pepper sprayed by police after swimming across a creek with other protesters hoping to build a new camp to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline
Tonya Stands recovers after being pepper sprayed by police after swimming across a creek with other protesters hoping to build a new camp to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, near Cannon Ball, N.D. on Nov. 2, 2016. John L. Mone / Associated Press

The Dakota Access Pipeline And Environmental Racism

A months-long standoff in North Dakota between Native American protesters and law enforcement, along with and private security, has prompted President Obama to suggest that the Army Corps of Engineers look at alternative routes for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.

Representatives from the Dakota and Lakota tribes claim the pipeline could cause catastrophic damage to their lands, drinking water and ancient burial grounds.

Many opponents claim the manner in which the pipeline was planned and executed is racist.

We discuss environmental racism towards Native Americans with Margaret Potts, co-founder of People Over Pipelines, an advocacy organization fighting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.