Hundreds gather in St. Paul to protest Dakota Access Pipeline

- Hundreds of protesters hit the streets of St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday in an effort to stop the construction of a controversial oil pipeline in North Dakota. 

The protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline was just one of several taking place in Minnesota and across the country. 

"We come here to demand that the Army Corps of Engineers and President [Barack] Obama revoke the permits given to Dakota Access Pipeline." Jane Prince, a St. Paul city councilwoman said to a crowd of protesters gathered in Mears Park.

The standoff at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation began in August after construction began on the nearly 1,200-mile pipeline designed to transport crude oil from North Dakota to other parts of the country.

Indigenous peoples call the project a threat to their access to clean water and an insult to their forefathers, some of whom are buried in the pipeline’s path.

"There [are] burial grounds, water is life and we cannot drink oil,” Prince said. “I think it is just not right."

A crowd numbering more than one hundred agreed.

Among those attending the protest were state representatives and city councilmembers from both Minneapolis and St. Paul.

"The St. Paul City Council stands in solidarity with native people of St. Paul and the Lakota….nations," Prince said. 

Supporters of stopping the pipeline project then decided to march, heading across Mears Park to the office of the Army Corps of Engineers.

"We ask you revoke the pipelines permit…once and for all,” Prince said.

The letter, symbolic and straight forward, is yet another sign that the North Dakota protests that started small and grew large are here to stay. 

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