Dakota Pipeline Research Paper

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US History Final When people say that history repeats itself, I never really seem to consider if that statement is correct or not, but as I look back and compare the events of our nation to current events, I see that there are ample connections and relations that prove that statement to be true. As I was scanning various news sites, I was alarmed to see a situation strikingly similar to quite a few events in our nation’s past- the construction of The Dakota Access Pipeline. This pipeline was proposed to be set down in between Patoka, Illinois, and lead to the Three Forks Production area in North Dakota in order to have a more cost-efficient, safer way to transport crude oil. Running 1,172 miles long, the 30’ diameter pipe would be incredibly …show more content…
The Europeans saw the Native people as savages, and took the opportunity to oppress their superiority on them. Upon their arrival, they sought out the Native Americans and essentially colonized their land without permission. In North Dakota, the establishment of the pipeline wasn’t allowed by the actual people that live and thrive off of the land. Thus, protests are being held.These conflicts are synonymous, the only remarkable difference is that fortunately the Dakota Pipeline hasn’t resulted in thousands of Native American …show more content…
While the construction of the pipeline isn’t requiring the Native People on the reservation to leave, it is alike in the way that the words of American’s grew false in both situations. In 1830, the Indian Removal Act was set in place by President Jackson, forcing Indians west so that the Americans could have more land and thrive. The issue was not the enforcement of the act itself, but rather the aftermath. The entire act was proposed to give both the Americans and Indians there own space, but as time marched on, the Americans once again grew hungry for land and opportunity, and in what is known as “The Reservation Period”, the Natives were forced to even smaller portions of land, though the reasoning was besides the original purpose of space. So the Americans were wrong with their word, and with the pipeline it is almost the same. The company knows that it is Native American land, yet they still try to push the boundaries of these people’s sacred land, no matter how many times they tell them that it is theirs. The Americans were basically being “ indian

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