There's new confrontation over the Dakota Access Pipeline
as protesters near the Cannonball River have been
ordered to leave immediately, and now a local group
plans to meet with protesters in their fight.
At Vets Garage in Downtown Spokane, several veterans
are planning a road trip unlike any other. On Thursday,
they plan to pack up an old school bus and head to
North Dakota to protest with the Standing Rock Sioux
"We don't think it's right that 17 million people's
water should be at risk," said David Bisland, who
is helping to organize the event. "And so the veterans
of this country are going to Standing Rock to stand
with Standing Rock!"
The tribe is protesting construction of the Dakota
Access Pipeline. They say it could affect their drinking
water supply, and put downstream communities at risk
for oil leaks and spill.
So, Spokane's local vets will be joining about 2,000
veterans from around the country who plan to join
protesters. They've been collecting supplies, preparing
for just about anything.
"Yesterday I was actually given a bunch of gear from
a friend who does estate sales. I've got a bunch of
wool blankets, a few sleeping bags, some leathers
to help protection against rubber bullets," said Garret
Dupont, who is also helping to organize the protest.
This afternoon, the group heading to North Dakota
met at a Denny's restaurant to discuss plans for the
trip. Rachel Monto is not a vetera, but plans to travel
with the group, because for her this is personal.
"I'm native, Cherokee Nation, and I think what's happening
to our people right now is absolute genocide," she
Over the weekend the Army Corps ordered protesters
to leave Cannonball River by December 5th or face
arrest. The standing Rock Sioux Tribe says it has
no intention of leaving.
This all comes after violent clashes with protesters
last week, in which protesters were confronted with
tear gas and rubber bullets. But, the Army Corps says
its order for demonstrators to leave is for the safety
of the general public.