Dakota Pipeline Protesters Build Bridge to Reach Turtle Island (Video)

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Activists, opposing the construction of a crude oil pipeline through Native American lands, have built a makeshift bridge in order to get access to Turtle Island.

Dakota Pipeline Protesters Build Bridge to Reach Turtle Island (Video)

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A makeshift bridge has been built by activists, opposing the construction of a crude oil pipeline through Native American lands, in order to protect a sacred hill in North Dakota, which is occupied by security and law enforcement.

A number of flashpoints, involving protesters arguing against a 1,172 mile pipeline, which is going to be built according to Energy Transfer LLC’s project, have taken place on Turtle Island hill. According to tribe leaders, the pipeline could threaten local drinking water.

The US Army Corps of Engineers is a current owner of the land, where the hill lies. However, the local Bismarck Tribune claims that the mound was once a place for a Native American burial ground and still remains a spiritual location.

Footage, taken by a drone and published on Facebook by Indigenous Rising Media, which supports protests against the construction of the oil pipeline, shows tens of activists, attempting to get access to Turtle Island on Thanksgiving Day.

The video allows to see a small wooden bridge, which has been erected by protesters in order to let them to cross a small offshoot of the nearby Missouri River, while private security officers and members of the Morton County Sheriff’s Department stand on top of the hill.

Tom Fennario, a reporter of the APTN TV-network, tweeted that activists also used canoes to reach the island.

Earlier this week, a bridge section of the nearby Highway 1806 was occupied by protesters, who were hit with water cannon, while there were sub-zero conditions.

At the same time, some protesters have been accused by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department of rigging propane canisters to explode on Backwater Bridge.

Currently, the controversial $3.8 billion project is suspended due to meetings of government officials and members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. However, Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer LLC, has stated that the company will not consider rerouting the project despite pleas from natives.

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