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Nevadans Take Part in National Day of Action On Dakota Access Pipeline

Happi American Horse chains himself to construction equipment at an August protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Desiree Kane/Wikimedia Commons)
Happi American Horse chains himself to construction equipment at an August protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Desiree Kane/Wikimedia Commons)
November 15, 2016

RENO, Nev. – About a hundred Nevadans are expected to rally in Reno today, part of a 200-city national day of action to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. On Monday, the Army Corps of Engineers announced it will not restart construction for now, in order to facilitate more discussion with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which opposes the project. The Army has to decide whether to grant the company, Energy Transfer Partners, an easement to build the pipeline underneath the Missouri River on tribal land near Cannonball, North Dakota.

Charlene Dressler, an organizer with the group Standing with Standing Rock out of Reno, calls this olive branch from the feds a welcome development.

"It's a step in the right direction and we will take it for all it's worth and make the effort and participate fully. And provide all the information that is relevant for them hopefully not granting that easement," she said.

The tribe has argued that the pipeline poses a threat to their water supply and to sacred sites. Climate activists across the country have joined the tribe in protest. The rally in Reno is set for noon at the Army Corps of Engineers' field office.

Dressler said she hopes the Obama administration takes steps to halt the pipeline before Donald Trump becomes president.

"Our understanding is that he has an interest in the pipeline," she explained. "So we expect that he will allow the pipeline to continue being built. He will allow other pipelines to be built as well."

Energy Transfer Partners' CEO, Kelcy Warren, reportedly donated a $100,000 to the Trump Victory Fund. Trump's financial disclosure forms revealed that the president-elect has from half a million to a million dollars invested in the pipeline company.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV