This year has been a mess relating to politics, equality, nature, and so much more. An example of this would be about the North Dakota pipeline. In Sandy Tolan’s article, she describes the accounts of their actions from the protestors themselves.
Going back to our American history, Native Americans were never treated fairly in any circumstance. Yes, they did have treaties that benefitted them, but these treaties would be easily broken by the other settlers that were not colored. First of all, Native Americans were actually one of the first human beings to find land, known as America today. The leader of the settlers, Christopher Columbus, decided to bring a bad reputation upon Indians while taking their land. This hatred would not just end here, but continue for a long time to come. For example, Andrew Jackson had a dirty view of Indians and committed an act that he thought was great for them. It was the Indian Removal Act, also known as the Trail of Tears. The Indian population was already scarce, but this made it worse because it killed thousands on the way to their new land. They were never treated fair.
And now, here we are in 2016 with still the same atmosphere of despise. Finally, the Indians have rights and they are able to express themselves by protesting for what is right. They have come a long way from the beginning of their existence. Although there is no way of rejuvenate the lives of the past Indians, I feel like this is an important historic symbol of their culture.
One thing that made me enraged while reading this article is when the author quoted, “The protests are in fact riots, says Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney” (Tolan). However, before this was stated, Tolan also said that it was a “peaceful prayer meeting at the encampment” based on the activists. Something I do not understand is that prior to my knowledge about this event, there was no one hurt or injured during this protest besides the Indians if they refused to back down for their right to protest. According to the 1st amendment in the Bill of Rights, groups of people are allowed to hold a peaceful protest. Aren’t the guards inflicting on their 1st amendment?
The Indians deserve more than this, but this is all they could do. I give a lot of respect to them for having to endure such pain for many, many years. I am not confident on the result of many weeks of protesting, but I hope it is good for the Indians and the environment.