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North Dakota Pipeline Protests Garner Local Tribal Support

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Protests continue in what is being referred to as the largest gathering of Native Americans in modern times. The Dakota access pipeline is set to run through Iowa, Illinois, as well as the Dakotas. The Standing Rock Sioux, a North Dakota tribe, fears it could affect their drinking water and disturb their sacred sites. It's gathering support from several tribes in the four states including the Eastern Shawnee tribe of Oklahoma. Who just recently sent over a resolution to the Sioux.

"Take away the fact that this is a tribe. Very few instances in the United States would we just plow through a cemetery or something like that. We would make accommodations. We would sit down and discuss that. So that's the support that we have shown for the Standing Rock Sioux," says Eastern Shawnee Chief Glenna Wallace.

According to Energy Transfer's website, the pipeline company in charge of the project, 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day would go through the pipeline. A leak in the pipeline could be very detrimental to the (which) tribe's natural resources.

"I'm very concerned that i want this to be a safe gathering on both sides, I don't want violence. I certainly don't want somebody shot."

The protests have been peaceful for the most part, only recently has there been word of clashes between protesters and law enforcement.

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