Thousands of buffalo show up for the Standing Rock protests.
In a battle with the local, state and federal governments, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has appealed to the US Department of Justice, other tribes, and their fellow Americans.
The protest over the construction of an oil pipeline through tribal lands set aside by treaties has grown to include over 90 other tribes as well as non-Indian supporters.
Recently, the protest even brought in the attention of several thousand buffalo.
The protests at Standing Rock have been largely peaceful and with little attention. The protest centers around the construction of an oil pipeline which tribal leaders claim would run through ancestral burial grounds and would threaten the water supply along the Missouri River.
According to an article in the New York Times, the EPA, Department of the Interior, and the Council On Historic Preservation all support the preservation of the tribe’s cultural heritage. However, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the pipeline developers did little to work with the tribe throughout the planning and construction.
North Dakota Lt. Governor has stated that he will do everything in his power to end the protest.
The Department of Justice has said that the construction will not continue until further notice, and that the protesters are exercising their Constitutional rights.
The statement went on to say, “In recent days, we have seen thousands of demonstrators come together peacefully, with support from scores of sovereign tribal governments…It is now incumbent on all of us to develop a path forward that serves the broadest public interest.”
The importance of the buffalo herd appearing is deeper than just being cool. The buffalo is at the core of who the Sioux are. Their existence for centuries was centered on the buffalo as a source of food, clothing and many other important life measures.
The buffalo is always a sign of comfort and cheer to the Sioux Nation and speaks as a good omen.