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The Bakken Pipeline was constructed by Dakota Access for the transport of crude oil from the Bakken shale fields. It stretches 1,172 miles across the American Midwest. Though it is only 30- inches in diameter, it will leave a scar across the gridded, Midwestern landscape.


Though this pipeline joins a network of 72,000 miles of crude oil pipeline transit across the United States, the Dakota Access Pipeline is uniquely controversial. It has incited the largest protest of Native Americans in modern history, as they challenge the pipeline’s crossing of both Native burial grounds and the Missouri River in two locations. The public has also questioned the use of Eminent Domain for a private company, Dakota Access. These objections have spurred a nationwide conversation. Our research, field work, activism, and reports culminated into a movable installation which traveled from Iowa to Italy.

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