PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. - Right at rush hour, Jesse Nightwalker was with a group of protesters, waving signs near the Tacoma Dome. He’d like to be with relatives who are demonstrating in North Dakota against an oil pipeline. Instead, he settles for doing what he sees as his part in Pierce County.
“I want to represent this Tribe and stand against what is going on,” said Nightwalker.
“If the oil spills into the water, who can drink that,” asks protester C’Na Williams.
Thursday they said they were taking a stand with Standing Rock Sioux Nation.
The Tribe has been demonstrating against the Dakota Access pipeline because they are concerned about oil leaking into drinking water and sacred sites being bulldozed.
The pipeline would move oil through four states, from North Dakota to South Dakota and Iowa ending up in Illinois.
Protests have led to some clashes, and nearly 40 people arrested. North Dakota's Governor is calling in the National Guard to assist with security ahead of a Federal Judge’s ruling on a lawsuit that could temporarily stop construction on the pipeline.
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