Oklahomans participate in Global Day of Action in response to Dakota Access Pipeline

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans participated in Global Day of Action in response to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

People all over the country are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

"This is another incidence of the American people not paying attention to the Native Americans,” said Harriette Porter, a local protester.

The pipeline would transfer light, sweet, crude oil from North Dakota through South Dakota, Iowa into Illinois.

Protesters believe it would negatively affect the water supply and tarnish sacred tribal land.

"I think what's going on in North Dakota is wrong. It violates the treaty of 1851,” protests Tanya Leigh.

"It should be a given reality that we all have access to clean water. That are trying to disrupt the land to put invasive pipelines there for a profit that should not have a precedent over basic human needs,” said Kayla Bonewell.

On November 20, authorities in North Dakota reportedly organized a violent attack inuring hundreds of protesters using fire hoses, tear gas and pepper spray.

"That's awful. I mean it's reminiscent of the South and the dogs and the fire hoses, only now we have big guns and water cannons instead of water hoses in freezing cold weather,” Porter said.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a December 5 deadline for them to leave the protest site, but protesters are remaining defiant.

"We may not be able to help you in an emergency situation. Your health and safety may very well be at risk," said North Dakota’s governor Jack Dalrymple.

Now, local activists are calling for members of Oklahoma City’s financial district to withdraw support for the pipeline.

"I'm just hoping for a peaceful solution to the situation, one that does not violate the treaty and that respects the sacred land as well,” Leigh said.

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