The Standing Rock protests may well signal a new paradigm for civil disobedience in the modern corporate age. At the very least, the months-long resistance raises challenging and novel legal issues. First, many who were arrested at Standing Rock did not consider their actions to be illegal because they believe that the land upon which the pipeline was built actually belongs to the Lakota people. Second, the response to the protests appears to have been formulated and implemented by a private security force using tactics developed in the Middle East to fight terrorists but used here in the United States against a largely peaceful resistance movement.
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