Demonstrators in Spokane show support for Dakota Access Pipeline protests

Demonstrators in Spokane show support for Dakota Access Pipeline protests

SPOKANE, Wash. - Protestors and law enforcement continue to clash in North Dakota over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

In Spokane, a group gathered to show their support for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

With signs, music, donations, and honks of support from drivers, dozens came together on Saturday with the message: water is life.

"I'm under no delusions that I can stop a pipeline from being built," said organizer Heather Ann Woods. "It has to start somewhere and it starts with the people."

What started as a Facebook post turned into a grassroots rally.

"I don't even like the word organizer because I was just a mom that wanted to come down with a sign because I was tired of feeling helpless and hopeless and then it turned into a thing," Woods explained.

This group says they stand with the Sanding Rock Sioux tribe. For months, the tribe has demonstrated and fought a legal battle against the construction of the more than thousand mile-long pipeline. Demonstrators from across the country are camped out near the tribe's reservation in North Dakota.

This group, almost a thousand miles away, said on Saturday they're showing support and raising awareness.

"This nation barely knows about Standing Rock," said demonstrator Doreen McCormick. "It needs to get out."

Supporters of the project say the pipeline would transport oil safely, boost the local economy, and decrease the nation's use of oil from other countries.