Hundreds protest North Dakota pipeline in Bangor

Wabanaki tribe protests North Dakota pipeline

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Hundreds marched along the Penobscot River in Bangor Sunday in protest of a controversial oil pipeline that could cut through Native American lands in North Dakota.

Protestors chanted, "No water, No life," as they crossed the bridge from Brewer to Bangor.

Members of the Wabanaki tribe and others gathered along the waterfront following the march.

They said the water essential to the life of the Standing Rock Sioux is in jeopardy.

"There are tribal people on the front lines of some of these situations where people lives are at risk," said Penobscot Nation member Sherri Mitchell.

The Dakota Access Pipeline would bring thousands of miles of pipeline through the Plains, something proponents say would be of economic benefit to the region.

However, it is now being framed as a threat to the Native Americans in the region.

"They're going to try to bury this pipeline under the waterways that go through their community and supply water to that community," Mitchell said. "No amount of leakage to that waterway is acceptable," Mitchell.

The federal government stepped in on Friday to temporary block the construction in North Dakota due to protests there.

Mitchell said the Wabanaki tribe here in Maine is standing in solidarity with their relatives.

"Don't let this [protest] stop here," Mitchell said to the group.

The protest remained peaceful.

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