How Do You Promote Native American Voices by Attacking Native Americans?


MINOT, N.D. — Earlier this week a group of activists looking to stop construction on Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement project attacked a pump station site.

They vandalized equipment and terrorized workers, dozen of whom were locked in by the protesters. Ultimately, the assault resulted in about 250 arrests, though the group that organized the activists, Treaty People, was prepared for that. They held seminars before the escalation in protests this week at which they assured those who planned to be arrested of monetary assistance with their legal fees and even clothes for court.

But while the protesters, backed by deep-pocketed activist groups and professional public relations personnel, have been the focus of much of the news media’s reporting on the incident, far less has been paid to the pipeline workers under attack.

That’s a travesty, especially given just who some of those workers are.

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