Local Man Joins Fight Against Dallas Oil Company A Thousand Miles Away

Local Man Joins Fight Against Dallas Oil Company A Thousand Miles Away

Russ Stabler, chairman of the North Dakota Veterans Coordinating Council, an umbrella organization representing all of the state's leading veterans groups, called upon the state's veterans to stay away from the protest.

The road into the Oceti Sakowin camp is seen in a snow storm during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, North Dakota, November 29, 2016.

More than 30 local veterans plan to act as a human shield to protect those protesting the 1,172-mile pipeline from North Dakota to IL from security officers, who had used rubber bullets, tear gas and water in attempts to disperse the crowd, 10News reported. As of Wednesday afternoon, it had raised almost $700,000 of its $1 million goal.

Reuters reports that North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple recently ordered that the camp be evacuated by this coming Monday, but protesters have not given any indication they plan to leave the camp or cease their activism on site.

The Republican says the state "is not going to have roadblocks and we are not going to be stopping people" because it would be a "huge mistake from a humanitarian viewpoint".

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently said all federal lands north of the Cannonball River will be closed to public access December 5, including the camp.

Though Bismarck is 92.4 percent white, according to 2015 figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, Van Fossan says many residents in the city are "aghast" by the events playing out in Standing Rock, and are standing in solidarity with the indigenous protesters and other demonstrators.

Native American students and activists from Southern California are pointing to the ongoing protests over a controversial oil pipeline in North Dakota as a way to highlight sovereignty issues on and near tribal lands in the West.

Another notable member of the armed forces, Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic representative from Hawaii and a major in the National Guard, also said that she would join the protest effort on Sunday.

Protesters are pepper sprayed while occupying the proposed route of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

A North Dakota veterans' group is urging the outside veterans not to participate. "Further delays simply prolong the risks to public safety, prolong the hardships endured by area residents and increase costs incurred by the state of North Dakota and Morton County".