As people nationwide rallied last year to support the Standing Rock Sioux’s attempts to block the Dakota Access pipeline, a private security firm with experience fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan launched an intrusive military-style surveillance and counterintelligence campaign against the activists and their allies, according to internal company documents.
Law enforcement’s militaristic presence at the Dakota Access Pipeline protests was made possible by the taxpayers of North Dakota.
Despite celebrations at the site of protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, experts say the recent decision to stop the pipeline could be reversed by the Trump administration or the next Congress.
Despite a recent halt to construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the companies behind it say they “fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting.”
For thousands of Native American demonstrators, the announcement that the pipeline won’t go forward is a relief, especially as harsh winter conditions sweep through protest camps. But they’re not all convinced that it’s safe to pack up and go home just yet.