Memo: Trump backs pipeline based on policy, not investments

  • Memo: Trump backs pipeline based on policy, not investments

Memo: Trump backs pipeline based on policy, not investments

The Sioux fear that the pipeline could burst near their drinking water source in North Dakota and have contended that the plan has disturbed sacred tribal grounds in violation of the Historic Preservation Act. Dan Gunderson, correspondent for Minnesota Public Radio, has been reporting from the Standing Rock protest camps.

"The point is to raise awareness, support and hopefully (money) to support Standing Rock itself and our campaign within Missoula to get people there and establish a permanent community that helps transition people who might not have the resources to get there", William Adams said.

"We are concerned with numerous reports and testimony regarding the use of military-style equipment and excessive force against protesters", the USCCR said in a statement.

Veterans Stand for Standing Rock plans to arrive at the reservation Sunday and stay for four days.

In the end, the protesters at Standing Rock are essentially opposing the DAPL pipeline construction to protect the water in the area that feeds into the Missouri River and provides for millions of people and families.

The Friday event at 63 Eugene O'Neill Drive, held on a day that is payday for many, was one of hundreds of recent protests across the country outlining banks' role in the pipeline project. "I'm very concerned for the safety of the protesters who are down there in a location where next week the temperatures will drop below zero".

Here are some photos of U.S. veterans lending a hand to protesters.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the US Justice Department will send mediators to the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrations to assist in defusing tension between local law enforcement and protesters. In late November, police sprayed water cannons on protesters and deployed tear gas cannisters in below-freezing temperatures.

Nor did she refer to her phone call to Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and over 300 representative tribes are camped on federal treaty land, to stop the pipeline.

"Our goal is to stand there and if need be take the rounds for the First Nations people so they can do their thing", said Mark Sanderson, a former Army Sergeant who served in Iraq.

Members of the North Dakota Veterans Coordinating Council denounced the involvement of veterans in a protest that has damaged property and asked them not to take part.

"People are into shopping locally", she said.

Although the federal agency says they will not forcibly remove anyone, this is a reversal from a statement earlier this year that stated the camps were allowed on the federal land as an expression of free speech.

The Energy Transfer Partners, the company who wants to build the pipeline, has said they will not re-route the project.

"Veterans within the state North Dakota, we really question that as to where their cause truly is", he said.