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From The Dakota Access Pipeline To The Border Wall, Series Explores Disputes Over Sacred Indian Lands

The confluence, or the place where the Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers meet, is pictured in this undated photo. It is considered sacred to many and an opportunity for economic development to others.
Laurel Morales
The confluence, or the place where the Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers meet, is pictured in this undated photo. It is considered sacred to many and an opportunity for economic development to others.
From The Dakota Access Pipeline To The Border Wall, Series Explores Disputes Over Sacred Indian Lands
From The Dakota Access Pipeline To The Border Wall, Series Explores Disputes Over Sacred Indian Lands GUEST:Laurel Morales, senior field correspondent, KJZZ

Over the past two weeks, KPBS Midday Edition has aired a seven-part series of reports on what some have called the new Indian wars.

For many years, American Indian tribes have struggled to preserve their land and sacred spaces from development. But recently, those efforts have intensified and forged united fronts among some tribes and environmentalists, most notably with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota.

KJZZ Fronteras News Desk reporter Laurel Morales discusses how producing the "Earth + Bone" series changed the way she looks at what is sacred.

"Earth+Bone" series:

Part 1: Standing Rock Sioux Fight Trump And Oil Pipeline

Part 2: Wall Plan Desecrates Tohono O'odham Sacred Land

Part 3: Utah GOPs Try To 'Trump' The Bears Ears Monument

Part 4: Havasupai Stand Up To Mining Company

Part 5: Navajo Demand Human Remains Be Returned To Sacred Canyon De Chelly

Part 6: San Carlos Apache Divided Over Copper Mine

Part 7: Navajo Torn Over Grand Canyon Tourist Attraction