Standing rock protesters at Bangor mall

Standing Rock protesters at Bangor Mall.

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --   Protests sympathetic to the one in Standing Rock have popped up all over the country, even here in Maine. On Friday, there was another at the Bangor Mall, on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Just as the Dakota Access pipeline has drawn a line on the map... it's also drawn a line in the dirt between corporations and the government on one side... and native tribes on the other.

“People are trying to tell me how I am an Indian, how I am native… I am the Native, don't tell me how my people are from your books, I am telling you how it is,” said protestor, Jeremy Taliman.

He said the current situation in North Dakota is unacceptable, especially where the pipeline comes so close to the Missouri River.

"You know, this is about water. Water is life, without water, none of us can live,” said Taliman.

Although he is more than one thousand miles away from the Standing Rock protests, to Taliman it doesn't matter.

"I'm there in spirit,” he said. “My people are there and I'll be there one day."

But first, he said he needs to rally more troops- and he hopes to do that by staging more peaceful protests like this.

“With the violence that's happening there now and as an indigenous man, it'll be kind of hard for me to get over there,” said Taliman.

He said the situation is more than just about water. It is about sharing the land and respecting history.

"We were the first occupants of this nation and then somebody comes in and says nope, we're now the occupants and you guys have to go stand over there and be quiet,” he said. "As far as being the minority in the majority, you know the majority can just put their food down and say you guys don't matter, when in reality, we do matter."

He said although violence has been used against his brothers and sisters in North Dakota, It will not be reciprocated. Not now, not ever.

“This is all peace and unity and we're here to share this same place. There's no way we can push one out without having the other,” said Taliman. 

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