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Identifying the actual enemy who hides far from the front lines By James Giago Davies

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Who is the actual enemy of the American Indian Tribes, led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, in their ongoing protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline? Is the enemy the militarized police who are using trained attack dogs, tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons to thwart-off the growing number of water protectors? Or is the enemy far off, and not really an enemy at all, but a leader who is at the mercy of a society that is hopelessly addicted to fossil fuels, with an existential and daunting governmental and economic structure that demands the pipeline be constructed? In a Daily Kos opinion piece published Sunday, award- winning journalist James Giago Davies, an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe, ponders these questions in a compelling way. 

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Samuel Vargo worked as a full-time reporter and editor for more than 20 years at a number of daily newspapers and business journals. He was also an adjunct English professor at colleges and universities in Ohio, West Virginia, Mississippi (more...)

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