VIDEO: Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters Vow To Stay Put On Federal Land
By FOX NEWS // November 26, 2016
ABOVE VIDEO: Hundreds of veterans of the US Military are deploying to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, joining protests against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
(FOX NEWS) – Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters will not follow a government directive to leave the federal land where hundreds have camped for months, organizers said Saturday, despite state officials encouraging them to do so.
Standing Rock Sioux tribal leader Dave Archambault and other protest organizers confidently explained that they’ll stay at the Oceti Sakowin camp and continue with nonviolent protests a day after Archambault received a letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that said all federal lands north of the Cannonball River will be closed to public access Dec. 5 for “safety concerns.”
The Corps cited the oncoming winter and increasingly contentious clashes between protesters, who believe the pipeline could harm drinking water and Native American cultural sites, and police.
Standing Rock tribal members believe the land in which the encampment is on is owned by the Sioux through a more than century-old treaty with the U.S. government.
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