Last night, dozens of demonstrators gathered at TD Bank on Westminster Street to protest the bank’s involvement in financing the Dakota Access Pipeline. According to the Fighting Against Natural Gas Collective, which organized the event, the $3.8 billion pipeline contradicts treaties with the local indigenous peoples and would put the water supply of 16 million people in jeopardy. One of the co-founders of FANG, Pia Ward, said that the most important aspect of the protest was preserving solidarity with the indigenous peoples.

“Indigenous natives have been fighting for their water, their land, their communities…this has been going on for 500 years,” Ward said. 

Photo by John Beck
Photo by John Beck

In an interview with NowThis News, President Barack Obama asserted his commitment to finding a way for the pipeline not to interfere with sacred lands of the Native Americans. According the President, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are currently looking into the possibility of rerouting the pipeline.