Mpls. group supports ND pipeline protests

Mpls. group supports ND pipeline protests

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - There's a potential setback for work on a controversial oil pipeline.

The federal government says it wants to review its permitting for the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. The line, which is being built right now, would stretch more than 1,000 between North Dakota and Illinois.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe continues to protest the project, fearing the pipeline will destroy water and sacred land.

“The first time I heard about it I thought about it I was like ‘Oh man that’s so great, people living in a community really taking a stand against oppressive measures,’” said Clara Jordan, of Minneapolis.

On Sunday, at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, people gathered to show their support for the tribe. Bands played music and Stewart Perkins got the crowd riled up.

“This is beautiful standing in solidarity,” Perkins said while on stage.

He is a part of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe and says he wishes he could be in North Dakota to support family and friends protesting the pipeline.

“The ultimate goal is save the water, protect the sacred lands and honor the treaties. Those are some of the main three things we need,” said Perkins.

Sunday’s event raised money for the legal defense fund of the tribe and was organized by MN 350, a grassroots non-profit organization which addresses climate change. The group plans to send a bus of people from Minnesota to North Dakota on Friday to be a part of the protest.

“There is wind energy, solar energy, there’s tons of technology that’s proven to work and proven to be clean. We just have to switch over,” said Gabriel Rodreick, organizer of the event.

Last week, a federal judge denied the tribe’s request to temporarily stop construction of the $3.8 billion pipeline. However, the federal agencies asked Energy Transfer Partners, the Texas-based company building the pipeline, to voluntarily pause its work on part of the pipeline in North Dakota near the tribe.

KARE 11 News contacted the company for comment, but has not heard back.


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