Trump, In the Wake of Standing Rock's Victory, Is Already Planning Privatization of Native American Lands

The Dakota Sioux living on the Standing Rock reservation celebrated Sunday when news broke that the construction of the North Dakota pipeline had been halted. But their victory may be short lived.


The following day, Reuters published an article detailing the upcoming Trump administration plans for Native American lands.

Reservations contain 20% of the nations oil, gas and coal reserves, despite covering just 2% of United States. Now, President-elect Trump's advisors wants to privatize those lands, destroying over a century of policy protecting Native American tribes' governing the territories as sovereign nations. 

"We should take tribal land away from public treatment," said Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and co-chair of Trump’s Native American Affairs Coalition. "As long as we can do it without unintended consequences, I think we will have broad support around Indian country."

Mullin has been a strong proponent of securing public lands for energy resources for years

"Four out of the five chairs in this group have ties to private oil companies," "Young Turks" host Ana Kasparian also noted in a segment discussing Trump's plans, which she called "disastrous."

"We know what's going to happen," she continued. We have a long history of trying to lure Native Americans in with certain deals in order to take advantage of the land that they govern, and then they end up losing that land." 

Trump’s transition team has yet to comment on the issue, but tribal members have voiced their clear opposition already. 

"Our spiritual leaders are opposed to the privatization of our lands, which means the commoditization of the nature, water, air we hold sacred," said Tom Goldtooth, a member of both the Navajo and the Dakota tribes who runs the Indigenous Environmental Network. "Privatization has been the goal since colonization – to strip Native Nations of their sovereignty." 

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