As winter creeps closer protestors for The North Dakota Pipeline are still standing strong. According to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe the construction of the pipeline will not only disturb accent burial grounds but also harm the tribe’s water supply from the Missouri River. Not only has The Native American tribe been aided in protests by over 200 other Native American tribes, non-Native American people, but also celebrities.

The protestors, called “water protectors,” have received support from Pharrell Williams who on Facebook stated, “We have so much we can learn from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other Native American tribes,” he said. “The children of Standing Rock ran 2,200 miles on foot to Washington, D.C. to save their sacred land from the oil industry. Let’s help protect them so they can continue to live in peace #rezpectourwater.”

The cast from Justice League—Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller—posted a video endorsing the Rezpect Our Water Campaign. “As a gang of Earth defenders, we want to send a big shoutout to the Oceti Sakowin and those who stand with them in opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline,” Miller says in the video, “To get involved with this movement go to ScaredStoneCamp.org.”

Many celebrities posted on Twitter to share their support and information. Leonardo DiCaprio tweeted, “Standing w/ the Great Sioux Nation to protect their water & lands. Take a stand: change.org/rezpectourwater.” Mark Ruffalo also tweeted asking, “As Dakota Access Pipeline Fight Grows, Where are Obama and Clinton? Common Dreams.” Rashida Jones posted pictures of the “water protectors” and the large police force, tagged President Obama and stated, “Why is this okay? Why is this our response to peaceful protest? @POTUS please talk about this.” Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein are also tweeting about stopping the North Dakota Pipeline.

Willow and Jaden Smith have not only posted on social media protesting the pipeline but was among the crows of marchers in the Los Angeles’s MacArthur Park protesting the pipeline. Walking next to her brother, Willow held a sign that said, “NO DAPL PROTECT OUR WATER” and chanted “Can’t drink oil! Keep it in the soil!”

Shailene Woodley also protested the pipeline on the front lines. Yet, on October 10th she was arrested for criminal trespassing and engaging in a riot. She pled not guilty and upon her release she wrote for Time Magazine stating, “I was in North Dakota, standing in solidarity, side-by-side with a group of over 200 water protectors, people who are fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline,” she went onto say, “it took me, a white non-native woman being arrested on Oct 10th in North Dakota, on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, to bring this cause to many people’s attention. And to the forefront of news publications around the world.” On hearing of this, many other celebrities such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nikki Reed, Mark Ruffalo, Ansel Elgort and John Green all posted on social media to support Woodley.

The “water protectors” and their supporters have been protesting for months to stop the construction of the pipeline or have its route changed. Despite, police brutality that the United Nations are looking into, the Standing Rock Sioux are planning to stand strong in their protests to protect precious burial grounds and their water supply.

 

To learn more about the protests of The North Dakota Access Pipeline visit:

change.org/rezpectourwater, StandingRock.org

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