Protesters gather at Capitol to rally against Dakota Access Pipeline

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Line 5, Keystone and now Dakota Access.

These are the names of oil pipelines that have been met with intense criticism in the last few years.

While oil still flows through Line 5 and President Obama rejected the building of Keystone the fate of the “Dakota Access Pipeline” is still up in the air.

And on-going protests are part of the reason why.

Since April Native Americans from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation have protested the pipeline’s construction because they say it not only goes through sacred native lands but would also threaten their drinking water.

The protests just began to grab attention in the last few months.

First, when dozens of native protestors, including some children, were pepper sprayed and attacked by dogs.

And then again two weeks ago when more than 140 protestors were arrested after what officials say was a “violent confrontation” with police.

And while Michigan is more than 1,000 miles away from the North Dakota demonstrations Michiganders took to the Capitol today to stand in solidarity with those fighting the pipeline’s construction.

Hundreds of people from all across Michigan gathered at the State Capital to have a conversation and bring more attention to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Protester Bucko Teeple explained “this is Michigan’s Indian communities, all of the tribes in Michigan, we have 12 of them, we have representatives from all of those tribes here.”

Linda L. Cypret-Kilbourne, also speaking out against the pipeline said “we’re here to speak for the water because the water can’t speak for itself and it’s time for the people to come together, not only the Nitchabe people in Michigan but also all people all cultures because without the water none of us can survive.”

“Movements like this in here,” added Colin McHugh, “That’s really what it’s all about because it’s showing people around the world that they support this movement. They support clean water.”

The gathering lasted all day with a full slate of speakers.

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