From the time American children are able to go to school, they are taught, that the US government has always been and is the one main group that the citizens of the United States can trust with everything, but as time has passed, what has happened to this trust bond and why? The government has a lot of influence on today’s society and their decision making processes, such as the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Great Planes Expanse, Border patrol, job creations, and government spendings are all huge parts in today’s dispute over whether or not to go through with it. The Dakota access pipeline, if it is gone through with, it is going to go through sacred Native American burial grounds but, this pipeline will boost today’s economy and create more jobs. The archaeologists, who have worked with the Native Americans for years through all government building on their land throughout the years, still do not see and understand the real problem with the …show more content…
There are roads being built on non-governmental land and it is causing a huge conflict between the Natives and the US government. Great planes expanse has gone through major Native American sites that are very important to them and their history. “A former tribal historic preservation officer of the Standing Rock Sioux, Mentz wore a baseball cap, rimless glasses and two thin braids of graying hair. He was upset and spoke rapidly about the area behind him, an expanse of the Great Plains cut by a new 150-foot-wide road.” (“Government Archaeologists Failed to Review the Dakota Access Pipeline”). Due to the archaeologists failing to see the real problem with both the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Great Planes Expanse, the US government is already budding heads with the Native Americans, which could lead to future problems with them. The roads that are built to boost the economy not only help today’s society, but they run through Native American land which was promised to them and is not supposed to be touched by the US
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Controversy Surrounding the Keystone XL Pipeline To build or not to build, this choice will impact the relationship between the US and Canada and determine the level of dependence the US will have on countries that are not so friendly. “TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL Pipeline would transport oil sands crude from Canada and shale oil produced in North Dakota and Montana to a market hub in Nebraska for delivery to Gulf Coast refineries. The pipeline would consist of 875 miles of 36-inch pipe with the capacity to transport 830,000 barrels per day” (Parfomak, Pirog, Luther and Vann 4). The construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline would strengthen the United States economy, provide energy security and have minimal environmental impact. “The Keystone XL project would create $1.1 trillion in private capital investment at no
The problem of North Dakota Access Pipeline is that the digging of the pipeline under Lake Oahe would affect people who drink from the water. In addition, the North Dakota Access Pipeline was built on scared land. This is a violation of Native Americans culture. There is no respect for Native Americans as oppressors just want to profit from their land. Many
The Dakota Access pipeline is a 1,175 mile oil pipe that pumps crude oil from the Bakken Three Forks oil reserves in North Dakota. The proposed route of the pipe traverses from The Dakotas through Iowa to refineries in Illinois. In the Dakotas the pipeline is a large controversy, with large groups of protesters violently clashing with local law enforcement. Native Americans from around the nation have come as protesters to help conserve the rights and freedom of their people on the reservation. The Dakota Access Pipeline should not be built because the oil industry is stealing from the local economy and the risk of an oil spill destroying the environment and culture of the area is not worth the reward.
Losing one’s cultural knowledge, and therefore the reality of their culture, allows others to have control over their collective and individual consciousness as well as their destiny. In this case, it is clear that the United States government has had the dominant relationship over the Native
The 3.7 billion that the government has to pay does not compare to price that the Sioux tribe has to bare. The United States has a history of reaping the benefits of indigenous people. The government will do anything to further its economic advancement. If the Dakota Access Pipeline is continued to be built, corporations will once again destroy the sacrality
“Benefits of Governmental Compromise Regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline” Nations all have unique governments and differences necessary for demonstrating successful leadership. Every country needs different assistance from their leadership, such as Rio requiring infrastructure or Somalia lacking political power. Some governments concern themselves with their politicians’ well-being more so than the people they lead, which creates a relevant problem in America. The United States Government can easily forget about Native American Reservations, or even ignore the people living on them. Recently, the United States Army Corps of Engineers has worked on the Dakota Access Pipeline project, which would cross over Native American ancestral lands,
Since its construction in 1977, the Trans Alaska Pipeline has transported almost 17 billion barrels of oil, and currently transports about 527,323 barrels a day. It celebrated its 40th Anniversary last year, and, even after all this time, is still facing controversy. The pipeline is highly debated as economically inclined citizens of Alaska are clashing with more environmental types. The Trans Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act, signed by President Nixon in 1973, protected the pipeline by banning all legal challenges against the construction of the pipeline. However, this law did not stop the critics of the pipeline from speaking out.
Could you imagine the government coming to your family 's property you have had for years and taking it and making everyone walk a 1000 miles? Well thats is what happened to the Native Americans. They were drove from there property beaten and killed. Then made them walk over a 1000 miles to their new place that was awful. There was no food or water or anything while the government took there land and made fun of them.
Under influence of president Andrew Jackson, the congress was urged in 1830 to pass the Indian Removal Act, with the goal of relocated many Native Americans in the East territory, the west of Mississippi river. The Trail of tears was made for the interest of the minorities. Indeed, if president Jackson wished to relocate the Native Americans, it was because he wanted to take advantage of the gold he found on their land. Then, even though the Cherokee won their case in front the supreme court, the president and congress pushed them out(Darrenkamp).
During the late 1800’s, many settlers were expanding to the West and the Transcontinental Railroad helped them move from the East to the West. Some wanted to gain 160 free acres of land known as the Homestead Act. The Transcontinental Railroad connected the East and the West. The Union Pacific Railroad and Central Pacific Railroad were the companies that built the Transcontinental Railroad; however, the companies were run by greedy men and felt no guilt as they asked the government to pass special bills for them. The railroad cut through many lands and affected the Native Americans in a perilously way.
In my opinion I am against the pipeline. The negative effects out way the positives of the pipeline. To begin with, there isn't a real need for the pipeline, so why spend billions of dollars on a pipeline that isn't needed. The cost of the pipeline is extremely high whereas the pipeline might not actually be worth that much to the residents here. There would be taxes and fees that the residents and the business owners would have to pay to pay for the pipeline that could be avoided.
Before the 1860’s the native americans were living in peace until the Colonists attacked. The Western Expansion of 1860-90 greatly affected the lives of Native Americans, due to the powerful role
Rachele Liba Professor Whitehead POSC 100 22 July 2016 Placing a Price on a Green Nation Having lived a nomadic lifestyle across the United States, I have had the opportunity to witness the wonders of our flourishing society and the everyday turmoils that we face. Rigorous innovation has helped Americans fulfill countless dreams, however with every gift there is a usually a price-tag or opportunity cost. Now in the midst of the general presidential election, platforms that represent our beliefs can undergo much needed reform to address the opportunity costs that were surpassed in the process of success. Among the various problems found in our society, a key movement that has raised necessary controversy has to do with environmental policy.
Activists, wanting to make a change, have called for government reconsideration, health and safety issues, and discrimination on Native Americans. Thoreau believed that rebelling against the government was good as long as it slowed the “machine”. This can be seen in his essay when he states “...I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine,” (Thoreau, 946) which can be seen as controversial. However, the Keystone Pipeline activists agreed with Thoreau’s
Throughout the 19th century Native Americans were treated far less than respectful by the United States’ government. This was the time when the United States wanted to expand and grow rapidly as a land, and to achieve this goal, the Native Americans were “pushed” westward. It was a memorable and tricky time in the Natives’ history, and the US government made many treatments with the Native Americans, making big changes on the Indian nation. Native Americans wanted to live peacefully with the white men, but the result of treatments and agreements was not quite peaceful. This precedent of mistreatment of minorities began with Andrew Jackson’s indian removal policies to the tribes of Oklahoma (specifically the Cherokee indians) in 1829 because of the lack of respect given to the indians during the removal laws.