In 1868, the fourteenth amendment to the United States Constitution—the Equal Protection Clause—took effect, providing that “no state shall deny to any person under its jurisdiction equal protection under the law.” That same year, several tribal nations and the U.S. Government signed the Treaty of Fort Laramie, which, among other things, delineated the boundaries of the original territory of the Great Sioux Nation, a part of which would eventually become the Standing Rock Reservation. watch more..
Since then, the Laramie Treaty has been violated through and through. Now, this week a stunning example of North Dakota’s failure to respect the fourteenth amendment was uncovered, thanks to investigative news publication The Intercept. It published an astonishing report that, if accurate (and no information has emerged to discount it) confirmed what many involved with the #NoDAPL movement suspected all along: The State of North Dakota worked directly with and for Energy Transfer Partners, owner of the pipeline, to stifle and undermine the efforts of American Indian activists and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.