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"The Violence at Standing Rock Must End" Nevada Senator Harry Reid Speaks out in Support

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Don't forget that Senator Reid is still the Minority Leader for five more weeks. This is a transcript of what he said November 28 on the Senate Floor:

"The Standing Rock Sioux are standing up for their land, their right to clean water, their right to clean air, and their history."

"It is past time that this situation be resolved peacefully. It has lingered for months and the debate has descended into violence."

"What is happening at Standing Rock is about respect for people, where they build their homes and raise their families."

Washington, D.C. -- Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today calling on the relocation of the Dakota Access pipeline and urging for an end to the violence against the Standing Rock Reservation. Below are his remarks:

This month is Native American Heritage Month. During this month, we honor the contributions of American Indians, Native Hawaiians and Alaska Natives.

But we do not have to look far to see how Native Americans continue to have to fight to protect their heritage.

Pick up a newspaper, or turn on the news and you will see what is happening at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is opposing the construction of a portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline that passes near their reservation where it crosses the Missouri River.

They are concerned that construction of the pipeline could not only destroy ancestral burial grounds, but also contaminate the water supply for the tribe, as well as millions of others who depend on water from the Missouri River.

The Standing Rock Sioux are standing up for their land, their right to clean water, their right to clean air, and their history.

And they are not alone. The Standing Rock Sioux have been joined by thousands of others, including members of hundreds of tribes and throughout the United States.

When I was in Nevada last month, members of Nevada's 27 Native American tribes made it clear to me that they stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux.

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