So if I've got this right (and please tell me if I don't), the people of Bismarck, North Dakota objected to the planned route of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) out of concerns that it might affect their water supply, so it was rerouted through the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
When the various Sioux tribes residing within the reservation expressed similar concerns about water quality, as well as claims about tribal sovereignty, self-determination, and quality of life, and construction workers went ahead anyway and bulldozed a section of land that contained documented historic and sacred sites, protesters encountered attack dogs and a militarized police that most recently used water cannons on protesters in sub-freezing temperatures, destroying one woman's arm.
Apparently, if you're white (Bismarck is 92.4% white) and don't want the pipeline - no problem, it will be rerouted for you. If you're Native American and don't want the pipeline, then there's going to be trouble.
Please tell me how this is just, how this is fair, how this is remotely democratic, how this is even legal. Hard mode: tell me how this is compassionate.
Oh, by the way - DAPL is a joint partnership between Dakota Access, LLC, a fully owned subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners LP, and Phillips 66. According to federal disclosure forms filed in May 2016, Donald Trump, who well may have the final say on whether or not the pipeline is completed and where it will be routed, holds between $15,000 and $50,000 in stock in Energy Transfer Partners and between $100,000 and $250,000 in Phillips 66.
Trump stands to profit by the pipeline being completed, creating a clear conflict of interest that the senior Democrat on the Public Resources Committee, Raul Grijalva, has called "disturbing."
But wait, there's more: Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren contributed $103,000 to the Trump campaign.