Re: Dakota Access Pipeline protests
The whole tribal issue is a non-issue. Tribal lands are Federal Lands. It really sucks to be them.
Personally, I think we ought to just go ahead, do away with the Indian Affairs Dept, and force the tribes to incorporate. Give the reservation lands to those "corporations" (non profit, so no taxes) and let the tribes determine how to deal with their issues, under the laws of the states they reside in, as citizens of the states they reside in. No more special treatment.
No more "you're a sovereign nation, but only when I feel like treating you like one". They're citizens, with their own private clubs, and they get to determine who joins / how they join. Done.
Do you hear the people sing / Lost in the valley of the night?
It is the music of a people / Who are climbing to the light.
For the wretched of the earth / There is a flame that never dies.
Even the darkest night will end / And the sun will rise...