Protestors in North Dakota Divided over Tactics to Stop Oil Pipeline

Groups among the protestors against the Dakota Access pipeline see division over how to stop the pipeline, with younger groups seeking more aggression and older groups seeking peaceful tactics.

After increasingly violent protests, including one that involved fire and gunshots on private land in North Dakota last week, members among the protest group are requesting that children be removed from the camp.

The growing protest camp known as Seven Council Fires camp is located on federal land owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The large camp is made up of smaller protest groups from around the U.S., older and younger crowds alike.

Although the main reason for protest among all groups is to protect the environment, water supply, and sacred sites from the Dakota Access oil pipeline, several protesters believe in different tactics for stopping the pipeline, from peaceful prayer to violence.

Cody Hall, a former spokesman for one of the encampment’s factions, said the camp must stay united in order to successfully fight the pipeline, which is almost complete.