On Thursday, September 29th, Monmouth University Sociology Club will be hosting an event to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through land which has significance to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The Dakota Access Pipeline would bring crude oil through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. It is believed that this pipeline would make the United States less dependent on other regions of the world for our energy.
However, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe claims they were not fully debriefed on the construction before it was approved by the US Army Corps of Engineers. As a result, the Native American Tribe is now suing the United States Government. A part of the complaint the Sioux tribe filed to the United States Federal Government stated the pipeline, "threatens the Tribe's environmental and economic well-being, and would damage and destroy sites of great historic, religious, and cultural significance to the Tribe." Despite the conglomeration of tribes joining the Sioux in protest and the laws protecting Native American sites, the Army Corps continued with the project.
Although work has been halted, the future of the pipeline project is still unclear and violence continues to ensue within the protests. As a response to this, Monmouth University Sociology Club has decided to stand with the Sioux in protest to the pipeline. If you agree that the country should respect the Native American land and end the pipeline project, join MU Sociology Club on the patio of the Student Center the afternoon of Thursday September 29th to sign a petition. This petition will be attached to a letter that the club will be sending to congresswomen and men, as well as senators and other political leaders, that have relations to the project. Use the hashtags #ProtestPipeline and #MUStandsWithTheSioux to support the cause.