Demonstration held in Indianapolis against Dakota Access Pipeline

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Protesters gathered in Indianapolis Tuesday to show their support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its opposition of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The group met at the Eiteljorg Museum downtown at 2 p.m. Organizers said they planned to march to PNC and Chase banks along the route. They said the banks are helping pay for construction and development of the pipeline.

The 1,172-mile pipeline would span from North Dakota to Illinois. Developers want to tunnel under the Missouri River in Lake Oahe, N.D., to finish the project, but the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe objects to the plan. The tribe uses the lake and river for drinking water and says digging the pipeline would disrupt the environment and put communities at risk of contamination.

Police were present at the event, but it was said to be a peaceful demonstration.

Here’s what the group says about Tuesday’s rally, which is part of a larger national effort:

The major focus of this day of action Nationally is rally against the Army Corps of Engineers and other major decision makers calling on them to revoke the permits for this dirty oil pipeline.

However, here in Indianapolis, we have only a small Corps field office tucked away in a corner where no one would see us. We have communicated with the organizers of the national day of action and agreed the 2nd best target are these banks.

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