SCRANTON -- Tensions continue in the midwest over a multi-state, multi-billion dollar oil pipeline in the Dakotas. Several hundred people have been arrested during protests in North Dakota.
About 100 people gathered on Courthouse Square in Scranton on Saturday to protest the Dakota Pipeline Project.
"I'm part Seneca so when I heard about everything that was happening, it brought up a lot for me and so I felt compelled to get something together," said organizer Taini Love.
Construction is already underway on the 1,100-mile pipeline, which the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says is tribal land and a threat to the environment.
"It's monumental," added Teresa Dehlman of Factoryville. It shows that when a cause is just and a cause is right that people will come together."
Steve Jarman spent a month protesting at Standing Rock.
"There's tribes out there that 500 years ago would have killed each other," Jarman said. "Now, they're camping 30 feet from each other, standing together. All this old bad blood put away for a greater cause."
Protesters signed a mural, which will be sent to North Dakota to show support.
Carol Lynn Rodriguez sees this situation a little differently. For her, oil is still a necessity in this country so people might as well embrace the domestic opportunity, as opposed to relying on foreign nations.
"Anything that will help the economy or bring jobs or bring things back to America and build us up again, I'm in favor for that," she explained.
The group behind the rally is planning fundraisers for the future to help get supplies to those at Standing Rock.