Oil Pipeline Opponents Bring Fight to Capital

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Oil Pipeline Opponents Bring Fight to Capital

On Friday, the Tribe led a protest against the construction of the pipeline with a march through Washington, DC that ended with a rally in front of the White House.

Demonstrators march in Washington, D.C., on Friday, calling on the Trump administration to meet with tribal leaders and opposing construction of the almost complete Dakota Access Pipeline.

Tribe members set up traditional Sioux tepees on the National Mall near the Washington Monument earlier this week, calling them a "symbolic" camp as overnight sleeping is not permitted.

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., denied a last-ditch effort by the Cheyenne River Sioux and Standing Rock Sioux Tribes to halt the flow of oil through the Dakota Access pipeline on Tuesday.

Members of reservation, other Native Americans and so-called "water protectors" brought their fight to the US capital after months of protest at the site of the planned construction ended when their camp was evacuated.

The group held signs with slogans including "Water is Life" and its Lakota translation "Mni Wiconi".

I'm here "to resist, and to bring awareness to what's going at Standing Rock and the water situation", he said.

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Standing Rock Sioux tribe members, other advocates and a few celebrity supporters gathered in the nation's capital on Friday for a series of events, including a massive demonstration outside the White House. In February, authorities cleared Oceti Sakowin camp, the main Standing Rock protest site near the Dakota pipeline in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

In December 2016, the Army Corps of Engineers denied further construction of the pipeline until it finished an environmental impact survey; this was overturned by incumbent President Donald Trump, who ordered the Corps of Engineers to abandon the survey and proceed with construction via his executive order.

"We are in danger, possibly by 2040, of the Missouri River drying up", she said.

The Native Nations Rise march demonstrated that the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has sparked an ongoing movement. On Tuesday U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg rejected a request for an injunction from the two tribes, giving the go-ahead for the final stages of the pipeline.

Trump claimed the project will create 28,000 jobs, but official estimates found that number to be lower: 3,900 direct construction jobs if the pipelines were built over one year, plus 35 full-time permanent jobs and 15 full-time temporary jobs to manage the pipeline, according to a State Department report issued under the Obama administration.

"We had been struggling to commit to a subject when my cousin shared a post on Facebook about the Dakota Access Pipeline", Lattimer said.

In an email from the Fremont County Democratic Party, Dave Archambault, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribes, called on Native relatives and allies to rise with them.

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