If you're the leader of a sovereign nation meeting with another sovereign nation to discuss a pipeline that will tote thick, sticky tar sands oil through your land if the project is approved, you might be just a little put out when the head of the other nation doesn't make time to sit down and talk this whole thing out. You might even walk out of the meeting.
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Historically the Native Americans have never fared too well when they go up against the United States. Mainly because they get horrible new-to-them diseases like smallpox, fight and die, fight and are forcibly "relocated", or simply assimilated into the culture. It's a painful history of broken promises, slaughter and the steady ebbing of an entire culture.
But, the thing is, the ones who were relocated to South Dakota and other areas now find themselves in an interesting position - namely, their land is where a company, TransCanada, needs to go through putting in and expanding pipe to make the Keystone XL Pipeline. The project has been an issue of contention with landowners and environmentalists concerned about the impact that a pipeline transporting viscous bitumen, a thick heavy type of crude oil, more than 1,700 miles from the Alberta Tar Sands to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.More »