Some things tend to get me angry, but I don’t always do anything about them either through a sense of powerlessness or inability. I may occasionally sign a petition if I feel strongly enough about the subject of the petition. I’m sure that many of you may have found yourself in a similar situation. I was on Facebook this week and I saw an article about a concern all Americans should be worried about.
A North Dakota federal court has prohibited indigenous tribes from protesting the Bakken pipeline on their own reservations.
Dakota Access, a developer of the pipeline, filed the report citing “Worker and law enforcement safety was at risk”.
This reaction originates from the non-violent protest by the Sanding Rock, Rose Bud and lower Brule Sioux.Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said, “as we have said from the beginning, demonstrations regarding Dakota Access must be peaceful.”
Native Americans have been legally considered as American citizens since 1924. The First Amendment of the US Constitution ensures that every American citizen has the right to protest injustices. What is even more ridiculous is that a state court has said that these tribes are banned from protesting the pollution and destruction of sacred land by the oil company. Imagine if a state court had said that you could not protest against a developer tearing down your house, which you own free and clear, because they want to build a parking lot. Would you really let them get away with that? What if it had been a church or synagogue? Would you just let them destroy the only place of worship that your family has gone to for generations?
If you feel that Big Corporations are stealing your Freedom of Speech by possibly paying off Justice in their favor, then please go to change.org and sign the petition . Thank you very much.