Demonstrators protested the Dakota Access Pipeline in downtown Ann Arbor in front of the federal building Tuesday afternoon. As of 1:30 there were 20 to 25 protesters demonstrating, but I was told that an hour earlier the number of protesters was much higher.
I spoke with a protester named Barbara, who did not wish to give her last name. Barbara stated, "I stand with the native peoples. They have been trampled on for 500 years. We cannot live with polluted water and air. When will the powers that be wake up to that?" Barbara also added, "I want to urge people to sign the petition put out by change.org that is calling to pressure the electoral college to vote against Trump and vote for Hillary. That's December 19. We need all the signatures we can get."
The Dakota Access Pipeline threatens the entire water supply for the Standing Rock reservation that is situated on the border of North and South Dakota. Standing Rock is a Great Sioux Nation reservation.
Appallingly, in September, the Dakota Pipeline Access hired a private security company. The company used a bulldozer to dig up a portion of the pipeline route that runs through an area of sacred land that may also contain a Sioux burial ground. Many peaceful demonstrators have been attacked and wounded by these guards who were hired to protect and insure the construction of the pipeline, and this is a disgrace.
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|NODAPL protester Ann Arbor Tuesday. Photo Purple Walrus Press.|