BISMARCK – In an effort to show support for the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, the Cherokee Nation is shipping 19 pallets of bottled water to camps located near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. This action is in response to the State of North Dakota’s Division of Homeland Security removing water tanks in fear of potential damage to equipment, located at the Dakota Access pipeline construction protest site.
The location has become home to protesters who refuse to leave, and have created a makeshift campsite until plans for the proposed pipeline are terminated.
The Cherokee Nation is one of over 100 tribal nations that have passed resolutions and support to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, to demonstrate their opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline, via this humanitarian effort.
The protests have also drawn the attention of Hollywood, as actress Shailene Woodley (Divergent), and filmaker Ann Kleinhenz, have visited the site to raise awareness for the cause. Kleinhenz has also reportedly distributed supplies to demonstrators throughout the three camp sites.
Authorities have reported that dozens of protesters have been arrested for disorderly conduct or criminal trespass, as demonstrations against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline continue.
[Filed by Piper Combs | The Dakota Dispatch]