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Spiritual relay protests Dakota Access Pipeline
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Spiritual relay protests Dakota Access Pipeline

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In solidarity with the ongoing fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline, young Plains Indians and other youthful supporters are participating in a 500-mile spiritual relay from Cannon Ball to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Omaha District office.

The “Run for Your Life: No DAPL” event left Cannon Ball Sunday and is expected to reach Omaha on Tuesday.

The runners will deliver a petition asking the corps to conduct a complete environmental impact statement before issuing a pipeline easement to cross near the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri rivers just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation boundary.

The corps is conducting a less rigorous environmental assessment and would only conduct an EIS if it finds significant impact, says spokesman Larry Janis.

The corps will meet with reservation officials and members at 10 a.m. Friday at the Grand River Casino near Mobridge, S.D.

Jessye Stein, spokeswoman for “Run for Your Life,” said the battle is over protecting one of the largest water resources in the country that provides drinking water for millions of people.

Jasilyn Charger, a young runner from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, said she’s running for everyone who resists the pipeline.

“I run for every man, woman and child that was, that is, and for those who will come to be. I run for my life, because I want to live,” she said.

Dakota Access Pipeline, a project of Energy Transfer, would transport as many as 570,000 barrels daily of Bakken crude from northwestern North Dakota to a terminal in Illinois and cross the Missouri River near Williston and Standing Rock.

Pipeline representatives announced at a recent public meeting that construction on various parts of the pipeline will start in May, excluding unpermitted river crossings at this time.

(Reach Lauren Donovan at 701-220-5511 or lauren@westriv.com.)

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