Dakota Access Pipeline and the Continued Erasure of Indigenous Rights

Protestors join together in a march against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Protestors join together in a march against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The Dakota Access Pipeline was designed to transport millions of gallons of crude oil from North Dakota to refining facilities in Illinois. This pipeline was approved by the Army Corps of Engineers in July, and as construction has commenced, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are fighting back. Why? The pipeline track is set to travel under the reservation's main source of water (which would have disastrous results in the event of a pipe leak) and through recently discovered sacred Sioux lands.  

This article transcribes the discussion between Vox editor Victoria Massie and Grist.com writer Aura Bogado, who specializes in environmental racism and its disproportionate negative effects on POC and indigenous people. The intersection of minority status and environmental justice is very real and ever-present through several minority communities.