CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA-- On September 4, 2016, over Labor Day Weekend, thousands of people from dozens of Native Nations remain gathered near Cannon Ball, ND, to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Pipeline would carry Bakken oil upstream of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and construction of the pipeline has already damaged sacred sites.
The clearing of land by the Dakota Access Pipeline corporation on September 3rd has irreparably harmed Native historic and sacred sites. Working on a Saturday, the corporation scraped away soil and damaged sacred sites along a 150 foot corridor running more than a mile. This happened the day after Standing Rock Sioux notified officials in Washington, DC, of the existence and importance of those sites.
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