During the waning days of the Obama administration protests sprang up in North Dakota, as the Standing Rock tribe of the Sioux sought to keep an oil pipeline from crossing what they believed were sacred lands. Now that a new administration has taken office, it does appear that the protests did not achieve their purpose. The pipeline will go forward. In this post, Martin Marty takes note of the debates and protests, the differing sides, and the question of the sacred. What is sacred land and how do we honor it? I invite you to read and offer your thoughts.