Cultural Heritage and Environmental Protection Challenges: Case of Sakdrisi and Dakota Pipeline
During the last several years Georgians and Native Americans, as autochthonous populations have encountered serious challenges in terms of the fight for their natural resources.
For example, in 2013, the government of Georgia deprived the site of a cultural monument status, which had been conferred on it in 2006, and gave permission to the mining
company RMG Gold to extract gold in the wider area where Sakdrisi is located, sparking protests from academics and preservationists.
In 2016 similar challenge was faced by Native American community, particularly, the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, thousands of Native Americans and
activists brought the fight to the nation’s capital to demand indigenous rights and raise awareness about issues affecting the communities. The Standing Rock protest against
the Dakota Access pipeline became an international rallying cry for indigenous rights and climate change activism, drawing thousands of Native Americans to the rural area
of North Dakota.
Keywords: Dakota Pipeline, Environmental protection, Georgians, Native Americans, Sakdrisi