The Dakota Access Pipeline and Why the People in Missouri Care

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Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies

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Since April 2016, American Indian protesters have been gathering outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota, to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The Dakota Access Pipeline will form part of the larger Bakken Pipeline project, running from the Bakken region in northwest North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, where it will join with other extant pipelines to travel to the East Coast and Gulf carrying a projected 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The Dakota Access Pipeline was originally planned to cross the Missouri River just north of Bismarck but was relocated after communities in the proposed area expressed concerns about a leak contaminating the large city’s drinking water supply. The new plan calls for the pipeline to cross the Missouri just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

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