Oglala Sioux Tribe Members Join Dakota Access Pipeline Protest

Bill Left Hand, of McLaughlin, South Dakota, stands next to a sign at the site of a protest Friday, Aug. 12, against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Bill Left Hand, of McLaughlin, South Dakota, stands next to a sign at the site of a protest Friday, Aug. 12, against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

By – Associated Press – August 15, 2016

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – Oglala Sioux Tribe members are traveling from their reservation in southwest South Dakota to join a growing protest against the construction of a four-state oil pipeline.

Donna Solomon is the tribe’s legislative liaison. She says at least two buses and several cars carrying tribal members will arrive Monday evening to the site of the protest in North Dakota, just north of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

The Standing Rock Sioux had quietly opposed the Dakota Access pipeline for months near their reservation, but protesters’ resistance heated up last week as at least 18 people were arrested.

Pipeline opponents say the project would disturb sacred sites and could affect drinking water on the reservation and for people downstream.

The company says the pipeline would include safeguards such as leak detection equipment.

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