For about a week, hundreds of Native Americans have been facing down police in North Dakota in an attempt to halt construction of a pipeline slated to run through land they consider sacred.
Although protests against the pipeline began months ago tensions ratcheted up last week when the company decided to begin construction ahead of a court date later this month.
The pipeline would run more than 1,100 miles through land the Native Americans consider sacred as well as under 209 rivers and lakes.
If there was a breach in the pipeline, the drinking water of millions of Americans could be affected.
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