by Jason Simpkins
Imagine an oil company dug up the cemetery in which your family was buried and then sicked dogs on you when you went to protest.
That’s what happened in North Dakota over the weekend, at Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access pipeline site.
There, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe claim centuries-old burial sites and artifacts are being destroyed by the construction.
“I surveyed this land, and we confirmed multiple graves and specific prayer sites,” Tim Mentz, the Standing Rock Sioux’s former tribal historic preservation officer. “Portions, and possibly complete sites, have been taken out entirely.”