‘They are our brothers. They are our sisters. We are from the same blood,’ Chief Keith Pashe says

People gathered at the Dakota Tipi First Nation in Manitoba on Saturday to show solidarity with Standing Rock.

First Nations leaders organized a protest near the First Nation, located along Highway 1, about 90 kilometres west of Winnipeg. The gathering was to show support for the Standing Rock Sioux and the tribe's allies who have been protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,900-kilometre, four-state pipeline.

"They are our brothers. They are our sisters. We are from the same blood. We are all Dakota, Lakota people," said Dakota Tipi First Nations Chief Keith Pashe.

"We are from the United States, but we never put the border crossing there. It was all one open space. We lived together, we worked together, we helped one another, we trapped together, we fought in wars together, we battled together — all Lakota, Dakota people."

Joe McArthur drove four hours from Saskatchewan to join in the demonstration.

"It just seems so wrong, the force that is being used by defenseless people down there, unarmed people," he said.

"There was something at the core of my being that I had to show some sort of support personally to what is going on down in North Dakota. I just had to be here."

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