The story playing out in the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota has finally managed to earn mainstream media coverage after four months of a media blackout. The battle of the Sioux tribe members against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline has caught fire on Facebook this week as the masses finally find a way (and a reason) to show solidarity with the Sioux. And while the online supporters might feel strongly about the alleged violation of the Sioux's ancestral lands and general bullish, unsympathetic machinery of the oil industry - the Facebook protest focused on another issue entirely: protecting the protestors from being silenced by surveillance. The rowdy activists protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near Sioux land and water sources have been subject to some heavy handed police tactics, including intrusive surveillance explicitly meant to "find out who is at [Standing Rock] in order to target them in attempts to disrupt" their activities. Indeed, the Standing Rock protests have finally struck a nerve with other communities and activists who can sympathize all too well with protesting historical injustices and being silenced for doing so.  

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