- Comedy Central
On Thursday’s episode of “The Daily Show,” host Trevor Noah drew attention to the Dakota Access Pipeline protest, which has found more mainstream news coverage since the end of the presidential election.
Since April, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota has been protesting the completion of an interstate oil pipeline that would go through its reservation, which is sacred land. Protestors are also worried that the pipeline could leak and contaminate the Missouri River, which is the tribe’s main water source.
The concerns are legitimate, especially given the fact that the CEO of the company constructing the pipeline, Kelcy Warren of Energy Transfer Partners, has said that while the pipeline is safe, “human error” can lead to leaks.
Noah brought up one of the biggest issues with the pipeline: It was originally to go underneath the city of Bismarck, which is predominantly white, but when concerns were raised there about potential leaks, it was rerouted to go beneath the Standing Rock reservation.
“That’s right,” Noah said. “This pipeline is NSFW: not safe for whites.”
“It’s just interesting to me that the people with the longest history of getting f—ed over in America are the ones who are getting f—ed over,” Noah said.
“America has spent centuries moving native peoples from place to place,” Noah continued. “Maybe just this one time, you can be the ones who move.”