A group of youth runners from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribes reservation are running halfway across the country.
They are running to raise awareness of the tribe’s opposition to the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline and to hand over a petition with 14,000 signatures to the headquarters of the Army Corps of Engineers.
The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a proposed $3.8 billion dollar project that would carry 470,000 barrels a day from North Dakota to a refinery in Illinois.
Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Dave Archambault II said “The Corps puts our water and the lives and livelihoods of many in jeopardy, we have laws that require federal agencies to consider environmental risks and protection of Indian historic and sacred sites. But the Army Corps has ignored all those laws and fast-tracked this massive project just to meet the pipeline’s aggressive construction schedule.”