Hundreds of locals and Native Americans joined at the Capitol Nov. 5 to protest the proposed construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The pipeline would disrupt North Dakota’s Standing Rock Indian Reservation, home to the Hunkpapa branch of the Lakota Native American tribe. The Standing Rock protests of North Dakota have gained the nation’s attention over the past few months as protesters and police alike became less peaceful.
During the four-hour march, many Lansing locals marched, danced, and held signs. Sandy Richardson, 57, said she felt deeply moved by the cause. “My heart breaks when I see what the government is allowing to happen to such a peaceful people,” Richardson said. “The government says they will figure this out in a couple weeks but I say that’s too late. We need to see action now.”
Tribal members say the pipeline endangers their supply of fresh drinking water and disturbs sacred lands and burial grounds.