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Hundreds gather in downtown Portland to protest ND pipeline

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After a week straight of protests in Portland, Tuesday night was a different tone with a different message, to stop an oil pipeline in North Dakota.

About 1,000 people gathered on the Waterfront to show solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. 

Over the last few months protesters from the Tribe and other supporters have been trying to block the Dakota Pipeline from being built. The Tribe has strongly objected the pipeline saying it would affect their drinking water. 

The 1,200 mile pipeline would go under the Missouri River in Lake Oahe. One of the fears it that it could leak or break contaminating their water supply.

On Tuesday, Hugh Ahnatook spoke to the crowd that had gathered at Waterfront Park.

“When you see a thousand people standing up for you and behind you, that is power, that’s power of love, that’s power of amazement,” Ahnatook said. 

Those in the crowd, like Heater Carver of Portland, feel it was important to support a cause she believes in.

“They say water is life and you can’t live without water but you can live without oil,” Carver said.

Proponents argue the pipeline is the safest and most efficient way to transport oil. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has decided to delay the construction of the pipe line saying more discussion is needed.

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