The Dakota Access Pipeline has once again been given the green light, but protesters are letting the White House know they haven’t disappeared.
Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Washington D.C. on Friday morning, ending what would be a four-day protest against the President’s decision to approve the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Those protesting gathered at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers headquarters and then headed towards the White House while chanting “You can’t drink oil, keep it in the soil.”
‘The Native Nations March,’ was organized by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe but its attendees included several other tribes including the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana. Some of these protesters spoke out according to Huffington Post:
“Raymond Kingfisher, of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana, told The Huffington Post that he traveled to Standing Rock six times over the last year to join the protests. His message to the Trump administration: ‘We’re still here.’”
“’They need to start dealing with us because we are not going anywhere,’ Kingfisher said during Friday’s march. ‘They need to honor our treaties and respect our rights.’”
The protesters also set up teepees in front of the Trump International Hotel and in the Mall between the Capitol building and the Washington Monument.
The 1,172-mile pipeline will carry oil from the Bakken formation in North Dakota to oil terminals in Illinois. After Trump’s executive order, the Army Corps allowed easement giving the project the ability to finish.
Credit: Huffington Post