The conflict goes deeper than it might seem. Over the past few weeks, the standoff by Native Americans protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline has captured the nation’s attention. But for the thousands of tribal members from across the country who have convened in North Dakota, the issue goes far deeper than the pipeline or access to water. As critically important as those issues are, this struggle’s about addressing an entire history of agreements to protect Native lands. The Obama administration has temporarily halted pipeline construction for further consideration of the parties’ concerns.