Reading the article about the North Dakota pipeline and the Native Americans and Standing Rock Sioux reservation reminded me of a time almost 200 years ago. As I read the article, I remembered a chapter we learned about in APUSH about the Indian Removal Act. In the United States Native Americans have constantly had to fight for their rights even though they were the first ones to inhabit America. The Native Americans near the North Dakota Pipeline are making huge strides in helping to defend their land and stop federal construction in building. Unlike the Indians in the 1800s didn’t have a choice whether or not they got to stay and defend their land. Back then if they fought or argued they were either enslaved or killed. It is good to see that Native Americans today are sticking up for their rights and still embrace their culture. It is also nice to see that Native Americans continue to live on reservations and carrying out their traditions.
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