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Lac du Flambeau tribal members walk in 'Standing Rock Solidarity March' Submitted: 03/10/2017
Story By Allie Herrera

Lac du Flambeau tribal members walk in 'Standing Rock Solidarity March'
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Thousands of people traveled to North Dakota over the last year to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. The $3.8 billion pipeline is mostly complete.

It would carry half a million gallons of oil a day from North Dakota to Illinois and would cross under the Missouri River just upstream of a Native American reservation.


The Obama administration ordered construction on it to stop in December, but the Trump administration ordered its construction resume.

On Friday night, more than 100 people in Lac du Flambeau joined together for a one-mile Standing Rock Solidarity March.

Tribal members said they wanted everyone to remain peaceful and prayerful. They want people from all over the world to come together as one.

"For too long we've relied on the older generation to fight these battles for us," said Lac du Flambeau tribal member Walter Durant. "I think Standing Rock has been a turning point for a lot of people, and they're getting a lot more interest throughout the generations." 

Children of all ages and elders were part of the march in Lac du Flambeau.

Tribal members said the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Native Nations led marches in prayer in other parts of the country on Friday.

"All of that energy and all that positivity that we had in Standing Rock, we want to make sure that we carry that forward and we're more aware of all situations, not focused on just one pipeline," said Durant. "We want to make sure that we're protecting the grand mother Earth on all fronts." 

Lac du Flambeau tribal members like Durant have traveled to Standing Rock. He called this movement a "cultural and generational awakening."


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