Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Protest features 'largest gathering of Native Americans'

   The BBC reports that a protest by native Americans in Dakota is "the largest gathering of Native Americans in more than 100 years." The protest has attracted a presidential candidate, and that candidate has been charged with a crime during the protest.
   All the hubbub is over an oil pipeline that the native Americans say will run through land within their treaty boundaries. Hundreds of native Americans have been protesting. This past week, the developer's security force brought in dogs in an attempt to drive off the protesters.
   The presidential candidate, Jill Stein of the Green Party and her running mate, Ajamu Baraka, were charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief for spray painting construction equipment on private property.
   The Native Americans say the pipeline will disturb sacred land and drinking water.

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