Truthdigger of the Week: Sen. Al Franken, Vocal Supporter of the #NoDAPL Demonstrations

Many politicians have remained silent amid an increasingly troubling situation at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. But Minnesota Sen. Al Franken broke away from his fellow Democrats after Sunday’s violent clash between “water protectors” and law enforcement. The following day, Franken penned a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, urging the Justice… Read more »

Why Sacred Sites Were Destroyed for the Dakota Access Pipeline

This summer, Tim Mentz Sr. told the world via a YouTube video, which has now been removed by the user, about the destruction of his cultural heritage. A former tribal historic preservation officer of the Standing Rock Sioux, Mentz wore a baseball cap, rimless glasses and two thin braids of graying hair. He was upset… Read more »

At Standing Rock and Beyond, What Is to Be Done?

by Eric Martin Near Cannon Ball, N.D. — “We love you!” yelled someone from our line, linked arm in arm. We were facing Dakota Access Pipeline workers threatening us with baseball bats and wrenches, one of whom had only moments ago sped his large truck through our ranks. They had called us “the scum of… Read more »

Pipeline protesters must leave their camp after Army Corps closes land

Dakota Access Pipeline protesters vowed Saturday to remain in their camp after the Army Corps of Engineers told them to leave the federal land they’ve occupied. Activists protesting the continued construction of the pipeline were told to shut down one of their camps by Dec. 5 in a letter sent to the Standing Rock Sioux… Read more »