Indigenous communities fought back after the federal government allowed an oil company to build a pipeline near the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. The Sioux Tribe was not properly consulted, and the impact on their water and culture was not fully studied.
The pipeline project is a violation of Indigenous people’s human rights – and so is the excessive police response to protests against the project.
Amnesty International deployed several delegations of trained human rights observers to Standing Rock to monitor the police response to the protests, and we have mobilized thousands of people to call local and state officials to demand that they protect everyone’s human rights. We’re also calling on the federal government to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline project and to investigate claims of excessive police force.
This page has Amnesty International’s resources related to Standing Rock, including action alerts, letters to officials, background, and other material.