KINGSTON, N.Y. -- Members of the Bard College Chapter of Million Hoodies for Justice took a stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline on Wednesday.
Representatives said they organized the rally outside of TD Bank on Washington Avenue in Kingston because the bank lends to Dakota Access LLC, the company developing the pipeline.
The Standing Rock Solidarity Network, which provides information about what's happening there, said the pipeline will carry hydraulically fractured natural gas from oil fields in North Dakota to the Gulf Coast. They said this will be carried right over the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
People at the rally said it’s important to stand together and protect the natural resources that the indigenous people of Standing Rock depend on.
"The pipeline would be moving 400,000-plus barrels of oil through not only U.S. territory that could pollute the water, but also through sovereign land that we have no right to be constructing on,” said Million Hoodies for Justice Member Lexi Parra. “And this is all a continuing history of capitalism over preservation.”
TWC News reached out to TD Bank in Kingston, but representatives had no comment. Organizers said the demonstration is one of many happening around the country by different groups standing in solidarity with the Sioux Tribe.