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January 11, 2017 11:07 AM

Patchwork Of Dakota Access Protests Across US Encouraged

Bismarck, ND (AP)

The front lines of the battle against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline are shifting away from the dwindling encampment in North Dakota.

Main opposing groups asked for activism to be spread around the U.S., a call heeded when a banner was unfurled during an NFL game on New Year's Day and when there was a demonstration at the Rose Parade in California.

Meanwhile, the camp's population is down to a few hundred.

Indigenous Environmental Network organizer Dallas Goldtooth says opposition groups are seeing their request for broader activism materialize.

It's a strategy sociology professors say is advantageous and possibly allows for innovative ways to draw attention to the issue.

Opponents believe the four-state pipeline threatens drinking water and Native American cultural sites, which Texas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners denies.
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