Cottage Grove Among National Protest Sites Against Pipeline
Activists against the Dakota Access oil pipeline development in the Midwest held an international “Day of Action” today. Among the dozen protest sites in the Pacific Northwest, was Cottage Grove. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.
A small band of activists stood on the corner of 7th and East Main, with signs expressing support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, or calling for an end to further pipeline construction.
Donnie Sevilla is a Cottage Grove resident who claims Cherokee and Choctaw ancestry.
“I’m hoping this is the beginning of the change that we are all hoping for in our world," Sevilla told KLCC.
"And it’s our Native American brothers and sisters that are standing up now, under duress. A company wants to build a pipeline directly across where their water intake is. That’s not healthy for them, it’s not healthy for any of the people downriver.”
Nearby, Annie Odin tapped a drum. She says it’s also about tribal sovereignty.
“There are native nations in the United States, and they need to be recognized. And they are standing up for the sacred. We need to stand in solidarity with them, that’s why we’re here.”
Meanwhile, the Standing Rock Tribe has vowed to keep its protest going, even through the harsh cold winter. The Obama Administration has paused construction while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reviews the tribe’s concerns.