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Native Americans and supporters gather to back North Dakota oil pipeline protestors

Posted at 6:33 PM, Sep 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-13 23:38:54-04

TAHLEQUAH, Okla.--  As thousands of Native Americans continue protesting a controversial oil pipeline in North Dakota, Supporters from all over the country are rallying to back those protesters-- including an event Tuesday in Tahlequah.

The recent rally comes just a week after several hundred people gathered in Tulsa to show solidarity with the standing rock reservation.

Last week- the Obama administration announced it was halting the controversial project that will carry oil underneath the Missouri river at a North Dakota site Native Americans say is sacred.

But the protests continue-- because the ruling is only temporary and protesters want a permanent halt to the project.

“I’m already seeing that there's a massive uprising if you will but peaceful but an uprising and I hope America sees how important is protect our air or water and our land,” said Principal Chief for the Cherokee Bill John Baker.

While the work has temporarily stopped-- Pipeline Corp- the company building it vows the work will continue and the pipeline will be finished. The company insists it’s creating thousands of jobs and pipelines are the safest way to transport oil.

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