Dakota Access Pipeline opponent says shes a protector, not a protestor

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I'm Dr Anthony with, and this is climate connections. For decades Madonna Thunder, Hawk of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe in south, Dakota has fought to protect native land and water. We are a people indigenous to slant and we are attached to the land. We are not protesters we are protectors. Thunder Hawk has become a prominent voice in the movement against the Dakota access pipeline. The pipeline transports crude oil within miles tribal land and Thunder Hawks says, if it leaks or bursts, the oil will pollute local drinking water. We have many small rivers and tributaries on our reservation at pipeline would affect and we know that dangerous. In July, a federal court ordered the pipeline to cease operating until a thorough environmental review is completed. It was a step forward tribal activists and climate advocates worried about the impact of expanding fossil fuel infrastructure. But the pipeline owners have appealed the decision. So its future remains uncertain. And Thunder, Hawks says the work of protecting land and water is ongoing. We've been dealing with this for many years. So it's not a new blight it's just a continuation. So that's why we are always in the protect mode. Climate. Connections is produced by the Center for environmental, communication to hear more stories like this visit climate action's Dot Org.

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