For the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline perpetuates a long history of broken promises made by the U.S. government.
“We live with so many broken promises, there’s no reason for it,” Dave Archambault II, the chairman of the tribe, told ABC News.
“We understand what lands we own, and what lands were illegally taken from us,” he added.
The nearly 1,200-mile-long, $3.7-billion Dakota Access pipeline plans to cross the Missouri River just north of the Standing Rock Reservation, prompting concerns for the safety of the tribe’s drinking water and preservation of its sacred sites.
For months, the Standing Rock Sioux and their supporters have camped out along the banks of the Missouri River in an effort to stop the controversial project. Hundreds of protesters, or water protectors, as they prefer to be called, have been arrested since the protests began, many charged with criminal trespassing. But the protesters say they aren’t trespassing; in fact, they say they are the victims, citing the broken treaties their ancestors made with the U.S. government.