Native Americans picket White House in #NoDAPL protest

  • Native Americans picket White House in #NoDAPL protest

Native Americans picket White House in #NoDAPL protest

Native Americans and their supporters are planning to march on Friday against US President Donald Trump's decision to restart the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines.

The event took place the same day as similar protests across the country and a march in Washington, D.C., that ended at the White House and drew thousands of participants.

Teepees were erected on the National Mall near the White House as tribes from around the US gather for four days of protests against the Trump administration and its advancement of the Dakota Access pipeline.

The Native American tribes, the Standing Rock Sioux and the Cheyenne River Sioux, have been leading the charge against the line, as it runs adjacent to tribal territory in southern North Dakota.

"We know that we have to protect the water for future generations", she said. The Army Corps of Engineers agreed February 8 to grant the final easement for the Dakota pipeline to pass under Lake Oahe.

Iron Eyes also accused the federal government and the army of "treating the original inhabitants of this land as though we are less than human, as though our lives and lands are something to be ignored and discarded in the never-ending quest for profit".

The march is a continuation of a year-long battle between the Standing Rock Sioux and environmentalists against the government and pipeline corporations. The Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes have tried to stop the pipeline, saying that it threatens their drinking water and sacred sites, but so far, they've been unsuccessful. Indigenous activists and their allies began fighting the pipeline in 2015, but their most serious set back took place immediately after the inauguration when President Trump signed executive orders to advance approval of the pipeline. Construction of the pipeline itself is roaring ahead, with some industry figures even hinting at an early opening. Lawyers representing the tribe said they would continue to challenge the pipeline in court.

In February, a USA federal judge rejected a request seeking to halt construction of the final link in the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project, dealing a blow to Native American tribes and environmental activists.

Work on the pipeline, which is owned by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, was halted in December by the Obama administration.

It's been two weeks since protesters were ordered to leave their camps near the Dakota Access Pipeline building area in North Dakota, but that doesn't mean they've given up the fight.

At times, the speeches gathered together a collection of environmentalist, anti-corporatist, and native imagery without fully explaining the connections between them.

Hundreds of protesters descended on D.C. Friday, starting their march outside the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers headquarters and ending it outside the White House.