“The Dakota Pipeline Could Devastate Some of the Poorest People in America”

“Nor does the tribe technically own the land they have left, The Atlantic reports; it is held in a trust by the federal government. That means the tribe has little leverage when dealing with massive companies like Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the pipeline. It’s not as if they can buy the land the company wants to build on—they have no money. Relatedly, they can’t develop the natural resources in “their” land to earn any income, they can’t borrow against the land, and they certainly can’t sell it…”