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Tucsonans rally against the Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted at 10:26 PM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-15 01:39:00-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) -- About 200 people showed up to a rally on Tuesday to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

This comes after months of debate over the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The rally was held outside of the Bank of America at Stone and Pennington. It was organized by Rising Tide Tucson, a branch of a national grassroots effort to confront the root causes of climate change. Dan Beckman is part of the group and says climate change is a global issue everyone should care about.

"We don't want any more pipelines," Beckman said. "And that effects everybody."

"It's time for the world to be getting away from fossil fuels, and not putting more fossil fuel infrastructure on the ground," Beckman said. 

While North Dakota may be far away from Tucson, some of the concerns there are the same here. Opponents of the pipeline are concerned the project may contaminate drinking water, and will destroy sacred Native American lands.

Among the crowd Tuesday was a number of people from Southern Arizona Native American Tribes, including Sal Amador with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.

"What's been happening in Standing Rock right now has been happening for hundreds of years, this is not just now," Amador said.

"I mean yeah I understand fossil fuels have been useful the last 100 years in terms of civilization, but without water there would be no life," Amador said.

Some of the signs said "Pipelines are not progress," and "Tucson in solidarity with Standing Rock."

A federal judge ruled against the tribe last week, then the Obama Administration put a temporary halt on construction.