By Claire Bernish
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II now seems actively opposed to the #NoDAPL movement
Says Dakota Access will not ‘kill our nation’
Takes issue with the phrase ‘water is life’
Wants water protectors to go home or fight the pipeline in Washington
Rumors concerning tribal leadership, law enforcement, and Big Oil have swirled in Standing Rock from the time the first camp broke ground in April to oppose construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline — termed the “black snake” by Native American water protectors.
Fomenting an international movement against the fossil fuel industry, Standing Rock, Dakota Access, and ‘water protector’ have become familiar terms — primarily given the fight to protect water from contamination began with Indigenous peoples but is indisputably universal.