At the Vikings’ final home game against the Bears, two water warriors climbed the rafters of US Bank Stadium and unfurled a sign that read “Divest #NoDAPL.”

The action continued through the game, though play was unaffected.

The banner, which read “Divest #NoDAPL” and carried the US Bank logo, was hung in the US Bank Stadium by two people. One of the water warriors, wearing a No4 Brett Favre Vikings uniform, rappelled down the banner.

Members of the media were reportedly sent a message that said the stunt was designed to urge US Bank to divest from the pipeline project, which is run by Energy Transfer Partners, a Dallas-based company.

At halftime, stadium manager SMG released a statement that said: “Two individuals appear to have climbed over a guard rail to access the ridge truss.

Energy Transfer Partners was the company leading the proposed construction for the 1,172 mile-long pipeline originally routed from Illinois upstream to sacred Native American reservation lands in North Dakota. The pipeline would carry 470,000 to 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day. On Dec. 4, the Army Corps of Engineers halted the construction and announced they will be looking to seek alternative routes for the pipeline.

While climbing up to the top of a football stadium is certainly dangerous, Zimmerman told Pioneer Press reporter Brian Murphy that it wasn't as dangerous as the damaging effect the pipeline can have on people using the Missouri River for water supply.

"It's not as dangerous as for the communities of Standing Rock and those of the Missouri River," Zimmerman said.

"Desperate times call for desperate measures."


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