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Military Vets, US Politicians Joining Standing Rock Protest

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Hundreds of US military veterans are arriving at a snowy camp in North Dakota to stand with the thousands of activists and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. Calling themselves “Veterans Stand for Standing Rock,” some 2,100 veterans have signed up to form a human wall in front of the police to protect the protesters. Among the group is veteran and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, currently a major in the Army National Guard. “I’m participating in the Dakota Access Pipeline protest because of the threat this project poses to water resources in four states serving millions of people,” Gabbard said.

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