MANDAN, N.D. - While the Dakota Access Pipeline protests have been contentious and even dangerous at times, a group of young demonstrators is trying to de-escalate the situation.
Several weeks ago, law enforcement dealing with DAPL protests sent out a list of goods they could use if the community would like to donate them.
The International Indigenous Youth Council saw that list and decided to use it as an opportunity for de-escalation. Lead by the council, demonstrators dropped off Gatorade, water, batteries, breakfast bars and more.
The teens said they wanted the police to know they have compassion for all people and all walks of life.
"As American citizens, as the good American citizens that we are, we went ahead and we supplied them with that. We gave them water because water is life," says Thomas Lopez Jr., IIYC member.
We reached out to the Morton County Sheriff's Department who declined to comment on camera. Instead, they directed us to a Facebook post that read:
"Thank you to the members of the International Indigenous Youth Council who stopped by with gifts of supplies and snacks for our employees. Your kindness and support is very much appreciated!"