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Veterans Aid Protesters At Standing Rock

As many as 2,000 veterans planned to gather next week at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to aid protesters who have for months clashed with the police over the construction of an oil pipeline.

The effort, called Veterans Stand for Standing Rock, is planned as a nonviolent intervention to defend the demonstrators from what the group calls “assault and intimidation at the hands of the militarized police force.”

The veterans’ plan coincides with an announcement on Tuesday by law enforcement officials that they may begin imposing fines to block supplies from entering the main protest camp after a mandatory evacuation order from the governor. Officials had warned earlier of a physical blockade, but the governor’s office later backed away from that.

Protesters have vowed to stay put. Opponents of the 1,170-mile Dakota Access Pipeline have gathered for months at the Oceti Sakowin camp, about 40 miles south of Bismarck. The Standing Rock Sioux and other Native American tribes fear the pipeline could pollute the Missouri River and harm sacred cultural lands and tribal burial grounds.

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  1. willard sa Jackson Sr. #

    my name is willard jakson sr. am coming from ketchikan alaska am a vietnam veteran was with the 82 airborne in the nam am tlingit Indian from ketchikan Iam from the brown bear tribe tongas tribe am honor to stand with my veteran siters and brothers at standing rock ill be there Dec 4 thank you for having me on your land this land is still Ours it lives in our hearts

    November 30, 2016

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