Rallying for Standing Rock

A man stands on a makeshift bridge over the Cannonball River while police officers stand on the opposite shore

Although that change was relatively minor, Obama said it was possible the Army Corps of Engineers could eventually examine much larger ones that would reroute the pipeline in southern North Dakota to alleviate tribal concerns.

On November 1, US President Barack Obama said that the federal government is considering re-routing the pipeline in response to opposition. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave Morton County orders to take down the bridge.

With all the money they've spent and all the pipe they've laid, it's not likely Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the project, would agree to such a change.

Erin was covering a protest against a planned oil pipeline at the site, a Sioux Native American reservation, because they fear it could contaminate the water of the tribe that lives there. A few other shots were fired on the other side, she said.

The protest at the Capitol followed an interfaith day of prayer about 50 miles south at Cannon Ball where hundreds of clergy from the USA and overseas marched near the route of the pipeline and ceremonially burned a copy of a 600-year-old document.

The 1,172-mile (1,885-km) pipeline, being built by a group of companies led by Energy Transfer Partners, would offer the fastest and most direct route to bring Bakken shale oil from North Dakota to IL. "It's done. all of the permits have been granted", North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple told an energy conference last month. The state's emergency commission on Tuesday approved another $4 million loan to support law enforcement during the protests. It could also have catastrophic environmental impacts should it leak, including poisoning the Missouri River, according to CNN. "The injustices done to Native people in North Dakota and throughout the country must be addressed". "We can not respond to oppression with silence", she said.

Not long after the number of check-ins started spiking, the local police department denied monitoring them, saying, "The Morton County Sheriff's Department is not and does not follow Facebook check-ins for the protest camp or any location".

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There are indigenous supporters from as far away as Australia and the Philippines showing solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux.

About 30 people are in waist-deep water confronting law enforcement officers, while others are on the banks.

The protest has drawn the attention of activists and celebrities, including actress-activist Shailene Woodley and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein.

Tom Iverson said 14 people were arrested in the Capitol's judicial wing for refusing to leave the building.

"The pipeline is not OK", said 9-year-old Bo Mendoza.

"It's awesome the spirituality going around this place", said Joe Gangone, who came with an Episcopal church group from South Dakota's Rosebud Sioux Reservation.