Dakota Access Pipeline protesters show support for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Published: Sep. 12, 2016 at 9:40 PM CDT
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Hundreds of protesters marched the streets of Sioux Falls Monday evening to show their solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota.

They say the Dakota Access Pipeline would carry 450,000 barrels of oil per day from North Dakota to to Illinois, cutting through land and water sacred to the tribes.

"Indians and oil don't mix. We just don't mix at all. Put he money aside for a second and think about what's in your glass," said Lynn Hart, Yankton Sioux Tribe member.

Hart says opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline comes down to common sense.

"We're dealing with our sacred lands, burial grounds. It doesn't make sense to me if I took a road grader and went though the cemetery here in Sioux Falls. How far would I get if I was going to put a pipeline right through the middle of it?" said Hart.

"We're here in solidarity with the Standing Rock Native Reservation in North Dakota and we're here to support those water protectors making a stand on the front lines to protect their water source just as we are protecting our water source," said Tony Helland, Dakota Rural Action member.

Helland says if the Dakota Access Pipeline isn't permanently stopped, our future is at stake.

"As the Missouri River flows through South Dakota almost 60% of the state, including Sioux Falls, gets the drinking water from that river so any potential contamination would be a threat to our very vital drinking water," said Helland.

"I know when I was growing up I didn't have to think about clean water. I don't think our kids need to think about it either," said Hart.