North Dakota’s governor has set an eviction date for December 5, but there are no plans for forcible removal of the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters, which has led to confusion.
Thousands of protesters, who call themselves “water protectors,” continue to camp near the stretch of land that is to pump nearly 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the Dakotas to Illinois.
AirTalk takes a look at the oil industry’s perspective, the historical context of U.S. government-Tribe relations and environmental factors to parse out what’s happening and how we got here.
Shannon Speed, Ph.D., director of UCLA’s American Indian Studies Center and associate professor of Gender Studies & Anthropology; she is also a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation
Sharon Buccino, director of Natural Resources Defense Council’s Land & Wildlife program
John Stoody, vice president of Government and Public Relations with the Association of Oil Pipelines, a DC-based industry group involved in the North Dakota Pipeline project