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Corvallis Event To Show Support For Pipeline Protesters

Jolleen Brown, Lakota Tribal Member

Saturday in Corvallis, there will be a rally to show support for Native Americans protesting an oil pipeline project in the upper Midwest.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

For months, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have voiced concerns over Energy Transfer Partner’s plans to run part of a pipeline near lands they deem sacred, and under their water source, the Missouri River. 

Support includes Corvallis rally organizer and Lakota tribal member, Ken Runningcrane.  He says part of the event will be a teach-in to educate people.

Credit Michelle Lynn, Saginaw tribal member
Descendants of Tatanks Iyotanka (Sitting Bull) and Goyaal'e (Geronimo) join in solidarity with the Standing Rock Tribe at the protest site.

“It’s a water issue.  It’s a people issue. It’s all of us together," says Runningcrane. "We all live downstream, like they say.  So this isn’t just a fight for tribal sovereignty and rights, and the second-rate citizenship of native people, this is about keeping our drinking water clean.”

Another organizer, Corrine Fletcher, says she’s friends at the protest site near the Standing Rock Reservation.  She says an ideal resolution for her would be stopping the pipeline altogether.

“And to include in any kind of decision-making process the voices of people who are most impacted by those decisions in a meaningful way, not just a symbolic way,” adds Fletcher. 

But Runningcrane says most likely, the pipeline would be diverted if anything…where a rupture could still affect the drinking water of a few million people, not just Native Americans.

NOTE: The Corvallis rally event is being coordinated on Facebook, and can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1648918925419340/

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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