The snow-covered plains of North Dakota seem to have little in common with the murky swamps of South Louisiana. Fifteen hundred miles separate the site of the Oceti Sakowin camp on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and St. James Parish. Yet, recent developments have exposed more similarities between these disparate communities than initially meets the eye. Less than a year after the arrests of water protectors protesting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Oceti Sakowin camp, members of the L’eau Est La Vie (French for “water is life”) camp are organizing a similar protest to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in the bayous of Louisiana and in the ancestral regions of numerous Native American tribes of that area including Houma, Chitimacha, Atakapaw, and Chatah.
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