On the 18th of November, thousands of protesters opposing contruction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline paraded a giant “pipeline” stretching for blocks through the streets, marching from Freedom Plaza to the White House and back.
One of the speakers pointed out that over 90% of oil industry experts expected TransCanada to have a permit for the Phase 4 northern leg to cross the border by this time last year and they still do not have it. That is a minimum one year delay even if Obama goes back on the promise he made to pro-Earth voters to block the Keystone XL.
Several Indigenous speakers took the stage after the march. An Ojibwa speaker went so far as to remark that the landowners in Texas and elsewhere losing their lands to Transcanada are “the Indians of today” losing their land for oil the way people lost their land for gold in the past.
This statement comes while the Lakota are comparing the pipeline to the railroad, as it would be driven right down the center of their remaining lands. The railroad brought death and destruction to Native lands, and now is being invoked in reference to the tar sands pipeline. This comparison esentially calls the Keystone XL an act of war against the Lakota and other Native people, something Transcanada ought to think long and hard about.