Here's my little essay on the Dakota Access pipeline controversy. I call it an "essay," because there's no original reporting. I haven't been up there. Rather, this an attempt to bring some order to my very limited understanding of events. If the writing seems too restrained, that's because several days of reading the best available journalism on the subject left me depressed and wary. I hope that a talented, open-minded writer with a book contract, a decent advance, and a reasonable deadline has been spending a lot of time around Cannon Ball, talking to every group involved.