Fossil Fuel Industry Linked to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
Published a week before Indigenous People's Day, Yes! magazine has written about the connection between the missing and murdered indigenous women and the fossil fuel industry.
Wherever there’s extraction, there are man-camps, housing for men who work in the oil fields, usually near tribal communities. Local activists are trying to protect their land as well as the women living on them.
Due to an increase in man camps over the oil boom in the Bakken fields on the border of North Dakota, there’s been a rise in the number of sexual violence and trafficking of native women. And with the possible approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, activists fear the areas in which the extraction would take place including Alberta, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska, will see an increase in missing women and ongoing sexual assaults.
This is an incredibly informative and important article and I encourage you to read it. The violence against indigenous women has gone on long enough and the more awareness, the more opportunity for change. Go to Yes! magazine for more.