Harding students and teachers protest the North Dakota Access Pipeline
November 15, 2016
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The pipeline starts in the Bakken region of North Dakota, transporting their sweet crude oil across the Midwest.
“About 100 years ago, they would have oil wells there, and they got all the oil out that they could get,” said Lakota teacher Barry Frantum.
Harding students Nina Berglund, Frantum and a few other Harding students and staff went to protest.
“My family, we went out there, the weekend of August 13 and it kind of started around I think 100 people, specifically from around the area,” Nina said.
“Fracking” is another way of extracting oil, which goes through the Missouri River.
The concern people have is that it will leak and go into the Missouri River, which Native Americans in that region use as their water source for living and religious rituals.
“We pray with water, we give thanks for water,” she said. “A native teaching is, ‘water is life.’”