Military veterans are building shelters to house protectors at the Standing Rock reservation on Friday to help support the ongoing sacred gathering against the Dakota Access Pipeline project.

 Veterans, who signed up on the Veterans Stand for Standing Rock group's Facebook page, are joining water protectors who are determined to protect the sacred land from the Dakota Access pipeline project.

Tulsi Gabbard, a combat veteran and US representative from Hawaii, has said she will join thousands of fellow veterans on Sunday.

"I figured this was more important than anything else I could be doing,” said a Vietnam War Army veteran who joined the protectors.

"We want to offer them a moment of peace and, if we can, take a little bit of pressure off," said Coast Guard veteran Ashleigh Jennifer Parker

There are tents, teepees and yurts throughout the camp for shelter and a group chops wood throughout the day to create bonfires for warmth in the evenings. “The weather hasn’t stopped anyone,” says Claymore, writes the outlet. “Everyone is adapting because they know we have to win this fight and save our water.”

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The temperature in Cannon Ball is expected to fall to 4 degrees Fahrenheit (-16 Celsius) by the middle of next week, according to forecasts.

"We've been here for hundreds of years," says Eagle Hawk. "We've survived through hundreds of years of winters —we're not going anywhere. If officials think we're not prepared for it, they need to think again."

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 Korean War veteran George Martin, 80, an Ojibwe tribe from Hopkins, Michigan, stands with veterans.

Responses to "US Veterans build shelters for Standing Rock Water Protectors"

  1. Unknown says:

    I see the 1982 Northern Border Pipeline just up the road from where the protestors are now. The DAPL closely parallels that pipeline and is planned to cross the river in the exact location. What if the DAPL were build to the same complaint free, never a concern identified standards as the 1982 pipeline already there? Why is the DAPL being build with cardboard tubes, plastic connectors wrapped in masking tape? What happened to better quality engineering way back in 1982?

  2. Unknown says:

    So Bakken oil planned for the DAPL is currently being transported by rail across the Missouri River. Why is (according Risk Management Oil Transport science) RAIL the preferred method by SR for transport over the less risk (not no risk) oil pipeline? Even Airplanes crash and make horrific headlines, but they remain the safest and least risk method of travel. Wouldn't a science based less risk option be in everyones interest if rather protection is really the concern. Not to mention the relocation of SR's water intake, state of the art water purification system and the huge reservoir provided by the US government.

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