Native Americans protest Dakota pipeline outside the Alamo

Native Americans oppose Dakota Pipeline

SAN ANTONIO - SAN ANTONIO -- Protests continue to heat up in North Dakota, where dozens of Native American groups are trying to stop the construction of an oil pipeline that would run across four states.

Across the country many are standing in solidarity with those in North Dakota, including a group of Native Americans in San Antonio.

A group met in front of the Alamo on Saturday not to protest they said, but to protect the water in the Missouri River that they believe will be destroyed if the Dakota Access Pipeline is built.

"If they get their way and they get to build this pipeline it means that there could be some serious consequences for mother earth and contamination of one of the major rivers of the United States," Laura Yohualtlahuiz said.  

Through an Aztec dance and ceremony, they wanted to educate and inform visitors to the Alamo about the pipeline that is being built to transport crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois.

"The Aztec dance community is all offering our steps and our dances, our drum beats for mother earth to bring that vibration, to bring that prayer up for our future generations and for all native people of this continent," Yohualtlahuiz said.   

While the Standing Rock tribe in North Dakota is most affected by the pipeline construction, the Native American community here said it's an issue that everyone should care about.

"It's not a race issue, it’s a humanity issue and if we don’t stand up for our water nobody else will," Yohualtlahuiz said.   

(© 2016 KENS)


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