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Roundtable: the many competing interests at Standing Rock

CANNON BALL, ND - NOVEMBER 30:  Snow covers Oceti Sakowin Camp near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on November 30, 2016 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Native Americans and activists from around the country have been gathering at the camp for several months trying to halt the construction of the  Dakota Access Pipeline. The proposed 1,172 mile long pipeline would transport oil from the North Dakota Bakken region through South Dakota, Iowa and into Illinois.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Snow covers Oceti Sakowin Camp near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on November 30, 2016 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

North Dakota’s governor has set an eviction date for December 5, but there are no plans for forcible removal of the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters, which has led to confusion.

North Dakota’s governor has set an eviction date for December 5, but there are no plans for forcible removal of the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters, which has led to confusion.

Thousands of protesters, who call themselves “water protectors,” continue  to camp near the stretch of land that is to pump nearly 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the Dakotas to Illinois.

AirTalk takes a look at the oil industry’s perspective, the historical context of U.S. government-Tribe relations and environmental factors to parse out what’s happening and how we got here.

Guests:

Shannon Speed, Ph.D., director of UCLA’s American Indian Studies Center and associate professor of Gender Studies & Anthropology; she is also a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation

Sharon Buccino, director of Natural Resources Defense Council’s Land & Wildlife program

John Stoody, vice president of Government and Public Relations with the Association of Oil Pipelines, a DC-based industry group involved in the North Dakota Pipeline project

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