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We continue our coverage out of North Dakota. Tribal representivities of Montana's Crow Nation arrived at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation today adding their prayers and support of stopping pipeline construction along the Missouri river. 

Over the past few weeks the people on the Standing Rock Reservation who are saying no to construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline has grown to over 3,000 people. Tribal councils from across the Treasure State have issued statements of support

Greg Grey Cloud says that they are not protesters they are protectors, everyone will be affected if the pipeline is built and there is a leak. At first he says tentsion was high between police and them. 

"And every time someone got close they would arrest them. The elders and John Eagle sr and tribal council put a call out to me and the horses that I have the ones that are all dressed up in regala and asked if we would come pray with them and we said we would.

The American Civil Liberty Union is backing the tribe saying they have the right to gather peaceful  under the First Amendment. Amnesty international represetive Tarah Demant tells us why they are there and what they have seen 

"To ensure the police  authority are up holding are protecting the right of protesters including the right to gather peacefully. People in tents and tipis people parking cars and riding horses families with children a lot of cooking equipment and ceremony time. "

She says she has seen the police barricade and that it prevents people from getting to the camp and even getting to their own homes. 


Grey Cloud says this is not about race this is about protecting and saving the water for everyone and even future generations. His message is the same message Native Americans have said since contact.

"For those who might be non native and don't understand it's ok its alright its not your fault, your afraid of something , your afraid of something that you dont really know what going on your being told by the larger society that this is the way it is and its false, so were here to tell you it's ok to be wrong, it's ok to be angry but in the end.... we are not your enemy."

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