It’s been a day of mixed messages when it comes to the Dakota Access Pipeline — the partially-constructed oil pipeline that’s galvanized thousands of Native Americans to protest in North Dakota.
The pipeline’s route runs right by the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. And the tribe says that threatens both sacred burial grounds and drinking water.
But today, a federal judge denied the tribe’s request to stop construction of the pipeline. Minutes later, three federal agencies stepped in and halted construction on the pipeline’s most disputed segment.
Carina Miller, tribal council member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, took this all in while driving back to Oregon from the protest.
To hear Miller’s conversation with OPB’s Kate Davidson, click play in the audio player above.