When I first read about the pipeline, I knew right away something was up. I did some digging and according to the Treaty of Fort Laramie of 1851, it is illegal. That land belongs to the Lakota, and to the Lakota alone. The Sioux call it the Black Snake, and not without reason. The corporations behind the pipeline are corrupt and unjust. They poison everything they touch. They could give two shit about Standing Rock. All they care about is whether they get their money.
How does this affect us as Jews? In the words of Tevye the famous milkman, I’ll tell you. The Sioux, like countless other groups, have been forced off their land and onto the reservation. It’s all they’ve got left. How many groups have forced the Jews off their land? Jews have been forced to leave homes in Russia, Germany, Persia, and Italy, among countless other places. It would be an outrage if an oil pipeline forced its way through one of our graveyards. That’s exactly how the Lakota see it, and I agree.
Now think about the fact that Bnei Israel were a desert people. They valued water, not gold, to quote the 2000 version of the movie The Mummy. The Standing Rock Sioux are no different. They just want to be left alone, to protect the water and the land that is rightfully and legally theirs. Look me in the eyes and tell me honestly that you think that’s a bad thing.
The Dakota Pipeline would poison the Missouri River, which is the primary source of water for the Sioux. Thousands of people could get sick and possibly die. America has enough problems. Do we really need more blood on our hands?