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Portland vets prepare to head to pipeline protests

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A local group put on a special breakfast Friday morning for veterans going to the front lines of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Portland's Native American Youth Center served breakfast to veterans who will join protesters in North Dakota to support members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.

They will join nearly 2,000 other vets from around the country there.

The protesters say the pipeline could threaten sacred lands and the water supply. Some veterans at Friday's breakfast say the movement has transcended race.

"I think what we've put together here is a gathering of people and there's no color at this it's just a gathering of the people we're sharing our country,” Native American and Marine veteran John Nelson said.

The veterans heading to the front lines hope to give protesters there a break and also hope to call attention to police violence toward protesters.

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