BISMARCK, N.D. - All the activity inside the legislative chambers prompted another group to get proactive outside the Capitol. Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline set up camp with hopes the lawmakers will take note of their cause.
Last week all federal permits were approved by the Army Corps of Engineers for a 1,100 mile pipeline that will cross four states, and we told you how the Sacred Stone Camp felt about the corps action. This morning activists moved their protest to a visible location.
The tipi's of Sacred Stone camp are mobile. August 2 the base camp was moved 47 miles north to the mall of the state Capitol grounds.
"We came to bring part of the camp to the state capitol to share our message that the Army Corps of Engineers may have issued a permit but to us it's just a piece of paper," says Joye Braun, Sacred Stone Camp.
The pipeline will travel through a number of counties across the state. Some are on tribal lands. Braun says the treaties in place from 1851 and 1868 should be honored.
"It's just another example that the United States government and the Army have done to violate the treaty and a treaty is of course the supreme law of the land according to the United States constitution," says Braun.
Ladonna Allard owns land next to where the pipeline will be going.
"I don't want no pipeline going next to our water, going next to my home, going next to my families graveyard," says Allard.
Allard also says that they were never consulted about the pipeline throughout the whole process.
"Nobody asked us whether we wanted to live in this kind of environment, You know that there has been no safe pipeline. There has been a pipeline spill every other day," Allard.
The protesters demonstrating during the special session say they hope Governor Jack Dalrymple and legislators will put a halt to construction of the pipeline until tribal lawsuits are addressed.
Braun also told me that they hope lawmakers will come out and talk to them while they're at the capitol.