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#NorthDakotaPipeline – Weekend update

September 12, 2016

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The protesters saw a temporary win on Friday after the Obama administration issued a voluntary halt on construction efforts, pending further review.

Thousands of Americans continued to protest in North Dakota Saturday to demand the federal government stop the construction of an oil pipeline near Native American land. The Department of Justice is currently reviewing the case after a federal judge denied the tribes’ request to stop construction on Friday.

Many protesters wore face paint and feather headdresses as they rallied and chanted against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The proposed route of the pipeline approaches the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, and the tribe argues the pipeline would disturb sacred sites and could contaminate drinking water.c

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Thousands of people, including Native American tribes, have rallied to prevent the oil pipeline’s construction.

One teepee in a packed parking lot in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, bore hundreds of signatures and handwritten messages of hope and encouragement.

“Honor our treaties,” one message read. “Water not oil,” read another.

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A teepee near the protests is covered in signatures and messages of support.

The $3.8 billion project would carry 500,000 barrels of crude oil per day from North Dakota to Illinois across 1,172 miles and cross under Lake Oahe.

On Friday, the U.S. departments of Justice, the Interior and the Army announced some relief by declaring a voluntary pause on all construction within 20 miles of the lake.

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A man on horseback protests the Dakota Access Pipeline’s construction during a rally in North Dakota.

“This is a momentary victory,” one protester said in a video posted Saturday to a Facebook page for the Sacred Stone spirit camp.

“It’s not a win,” he said, “but it demonstrates that we are winning, that we remain vigilant, cautious and prepared to put our bodies on the line in defense of Mother Earth and the protection of our rights as indigenous peoples to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.”

Check out more protest photos below.

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A man wears a feather-adorned headdress during a protest in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

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Protesters have gathered by the thousands to fight the pipeline’s construction.

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Protesters wave a flag in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

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The pipeline would stretch 1,172 miles and go beneath a lake that the Standing Rock Sioux rely on for drinking water.

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Protesters rise together against the pipeline’s construction.

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LED lights spell out a message against the construction of the pipeline.

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Teepees mix with camping tents, cars and RVs during weekend demonstrations.

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Protesters called the Obama administration’s effort to help pause the pipeline’s construction a “momentary victory.”

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LED lights form a hashtag that protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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A child speaks during a rally against the pipeline’s construction.

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Protesters gather near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation on Friday.

Courtesy of Huffington Post

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 12, 2016 4:13 pm

    I find it hard to believe the WASPS today can get away with this. We wouldn’t see an oil company get this far in being able to build an oil pipe next to or through sacred Christian American sites – such as a war memorial, so why the hell should they be allowed to do it through Sacred Sioux land?

    It makes no sense and makes me really really mad. We are still treating people as third class citizens, in their own country where they were there first!

    Sorry, rant over, just couldn’t help myself! ;(

    • September 12, 2016 4:16 pm

      ellecoco your rant is perfectly acceptable. It’s shocking that it’s even gone this far. Corporate greed…

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