Native Americans from across the country march to the White House to protest Dakota Access Pipeline.

The march is a continuation of a year-long battle between the Standing Rock Sioux and environmentalists against the government and pipeline corporations.

The “Native Nations Rise” demonstration demands that the U.S. Congress stop construction of the pipelines, which protesters say threaten the water supply, sacred sites and religious rights of indigenous people.

As part of a four-day protest, demonstrators on Tuesday erected seven tipis on the National Mall in Washington and held cultural workshops and panel discussions. Tribal leaders also lobbied lawmakers to demand the government stop satisfying corporations’ interest at the expense of tribal rights.

With wet snow falling, the Native Nations Rise march started just west of Union Station, as thousands set out from 4th and G streets NW on a course through downtown. Shortly after 11 a.m., demonstrators reached the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue. There, they erected a teepee and chanted.

The demonstration culminated four days of workshops, politicking and prayer in the nation’s capital by tribes from across the country. Organizers say it is intended as a show of solidarity against a federal government that has long shunted aside tribal concerns on a range of environmental, economic and social issues.

The gathering was led in part by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which has been involved in a longstanding dispute over the Dakota Access pipeline. The tribe has argued in court that the 1,172-mile pipeline threatens its drinking water, crosses sacred lands and was approved by the government without adequate consultation.

 Trump Hotel

 Trump Hotel

Responses to "Happening Now: Thousands in Native Nations Rise march approaching White House "

  1. Laura Riddell says:

    Should have marched on Mar-a-Lago, Trumps on vacation Again!

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