Why the DAPL is a Human Rights Issue

The militarized response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters appears shocking if not extremist to say the least. Native American tribes, and many others protesting the pipeline, whatever their motivations, have not done anything to legally justify this kind of response. The purpose of police is to ‘Serve and Protect’ not become the goon of the government or a corporation.

There are many reasons why people are protesting the pipeline, but the main issue is that it violates Native American land rights. The legitimacy of their concerns is followed by the fact that the pipeline was moved from a another route because it could pollute the land/water supply:

“Early in the planning process, Dakota Access considered but eliminated an alternative that would have crossed the Missouri River about 10 miles north of Bismarck instead of the route currently under construction.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers evaluated the Bismarck route and concluded it was not a viable option for many reasons. One reason mentioned in the agency’s environmental assessment is the proximity to wellhead source water protection areas that are avoided to protect municipal water supply wells.”-Bismarck Tribune

The fact is that the environmental rights of individuals who would be affected with the original route were respected and given priority. But when it comes to Native American lands the issue is moot. Why?

America has a long history of making treaties with the Native Americans, but then when it serves a personal, political, or financial gain, to just as quickly break their promises and agreements—with a violent and deadly response. When will we learn from history and respect the rights of Native Americans who themselves have no personal profit from the pipeline, but instead are only looking out for the land that we all live on that they rightfully desire to protect?

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The Best Local Places for Pastries and Dessert in Paris

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There are many places to grab dessert in Paris. But what are the local specialties? What if you are on a brief trip and want to try as many local favorites as possible? Here’s how to pack in as much sweets in a day of Paris favorites:

For breakfast start off with freshly made pastries and a coffee. You could grab some from any bakery (boulangerie in French), that’s what me and my friend did on our first day we were there. I really wanted to have a beignet (kind of like a fritter or donuts with filled hazelnut chocolate creme or preserves). I tried one at a local bakery near our hotel but it was overloaded with chocolate. For the next breakfast we grabbed pastries from Liberte . It has a very modern look to it, and beautiful pastries. I bought a whole box for us to eat with a friend we were meeting that day.

Around later that day we went to the Notre Dame and happened upon a pastry festival. They had live music, baking, and pastries for sale! We tried Pain au raison and Pain au chocolate. I don’t usually like desserts with raisins, but that was actually better than pain au chocolate.

After lunch we craved a pick me up so stopped by my favorite: Lauderee

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With many locations through out Paris, it is known for its macaroons, another famous French treat. This is definitely a Instagram worthy place and is extremely fancy (I even saw a Asian Instagram star with many cameras there taking a million photos of herself). They have a huge dessert, coffee, tea menu and it is impeccably served with beautiful china. Luckily Lauderee has locations in New York city and is just as good!

After the excitement of the day we thought we shouldn’t go to bed early. Why not explore late night Paris? Searching for a nightly haunt, we came upon a part of Paris that was packed with locals and wished we had known about it earlier. The area around the bookstore/cafe La Belle Hortense has restaurants to eat and the cafe itself, though small has dessert and meals. I had some of the best creme brulee there in my entire life.

So there you have it. Some hints on what to try and where to find them. Bon Appetit!