Protesters gather in hopes of stopping pipeline construction

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Dozens of protesters gathered outside City Hall Saturday morning as part of a national movement to halt construction on a proposed oil pipeline in the Midwest.

Donald Little Thunder and his family are members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, a tribe whose land and water source is being threatened by the pipeline.

“They did many years ago change over our drinking water from well water,” said Little Thunder. “That runs on the Missouri River. The Missouri River is running all the way from the north to the south connected to all of our relatives reservations.”

The proposed 1,200 mile Dakota Access Pipeline would impact drinking water and sacred sites on the 2.3 million-acre Native American reservation.

“It’s another blow that wants to knock our people down,” said Little Thunder. “I can feel it as a whole to our people. It’s another blow to us. We’re trying to band together.”

“We really want this pipeline stopped because we think it’s time for us to invest in renewable energy, clean energy and to oppose future pipelines and oil construction,” said Ryan Barry, the event organizer.

The project comes with the approval from the state of North Dakota and the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

“We want America to stand strong with us,” said Little Thunder.  “We want America to come and notice that we need this water for life, for the future, for our children and for our children’s children.”

“It affects the people up at Standing Rock and it affects the people down here,” said Barry. “It affects everyone around the world so we should care about it because it affects all of us.”

The Standing Rock Sioux has since sued federal regulators for not properly consulting the tribe. A decision could come as soon as next week whether or not construction will break ground.



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