Standing with Standing Rock

TAMAQUA -- There was no chanting, just a peaceful protest.

About a dozen people in Tamaqua stood in solidarity with the thousands protesting against an oil pipeline project in North Dakota.

"It's a fight to protect the water besides the human right's factor," said Maureen Thomas-Nornan of Tamaqua.

For months, Native Americans with the Sioux tribe at Standing Rock, and many from all over the country have been trying to stop the pipeline project from running across a reservoir on the Missouri River in North Dakota.

Protesters have had violent clashes with law enforcement. Some have been tear-gassed, hit with rubber bullets, and water cannons.

Recently, thousands of veterans from all over the country headed to North Dakota to protect protesters.

"They are standing in line, holding hands today, separating the protesters from the police."

In Tamaqua, Vietnam veteran John Suzadail stands in this protest in solidarity with his comrades in North Dakota.

He said, "We fought in Iraq, we fought in World War II in Germany, now we are also fighting for our own citizens here in the United States. The Sioux Nations and all the Native American nations are American Citizens."

Protesters in Tamaqua feel there is still a fight against the pipeline project, even though the Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the pipeline path.

The companies that are behind the pipeline say they still plan to continue with their desired path through the reservoir, and near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

"It is time for corporations not to say what we want, or what they will do. It's time for us to say, 'this is our country; we are taking it back.'"

Protesters are passing out a list of businesses and banks funding the pipeline project to people coming by, telling them another way they can protest what is going on in North Dakota is by pulling their money from these banks.

Protesters are also trying to make the land in Standing Rock a national monument of sorts so that it can be protected from the next administration that potentially could overturn the decision to deny a permit to build a pipeline here.

3 comments

  • common sense stuff

    There are currently 2.4 million miles of energy pipeline in the united states, and these dopes are worried about another one being built?

  • McCracken

    How many of these protesters have a pension, 401k, or IRA? Many of the mutual funds, and other positions, that compromise these assets have a stake in big oil. I don’t see them selling them in favor of mutual funds that don’t fund big oil, though.

  • How have you lived your life?

    Maybe, centuries later, you should look at how your people lived thier lives. And yourself. You cant claim a treaty after living your lives voting in American politics. Claiming citizenship when necessary. And collecting welfare. You lose your argument. Get out of the way and let America fuel themselves for once. Or maybe I should say again. Get out of the way.

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