We stand in solidarity with the Native community in North Dakota

Heavily armed police march on a camp where Native Americans prevented construction of an oil pipeline. [Jason Patinkin/Al Jazeera]

Heavily armed police march on a camp where Native Americans prevented construction of an oil pipeline. [Jason Patinkin/Al Jazeera]

A protester calls on his colleagues to step back as over 100 heavily armed police push towards their protest camp. [Jason Patinkin/Al Jazeera]

A protester calls on his colleagues to step back as over 100 heavily armed police push towards their protest camp. [Jason Patinkin/Al Jazeera]

Protesters confront police over ground the Lakota tribe considers as sacred burial grounds but which the Dakota Access oil company dug up earlier this year. [Jason Patinkin/Al Jazeera]

Protesters confront police over ground the Lakota tribe considers as sacred burial grounds but which the Dakota Access oil company dug up earlier this year. [Jason Patinkin/Al Jazeera]

Are you following what's happening in North Dakota right now? Thousands of Native Americans have been camping out in North Dakota since April to protest against a pipeline that is meant to cross sacred burial grounds and the Missouri river - the main water source for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. But now, police are using military-style force to protect the corporate interests behind this pipeline. Last week, some protesters moved their camp directly in the path of the proposed pipeline as construction nears the river, but on Thursday morning, police descended on the camp with a show of force not yet seen in the months of peaceful protests. We, by no means, support or endorse violence from either protestors or police, and hope both sides are able to ease tension and not lead to injuries or casualties. 

"This hurts so much. I live in a city and know what it's like not to have access to freshwater. But I chose this by living here. These people are trying to protect their livelihood, as without water where they live, they can't live there." Said Lawrence Blake Group Chief Executive, L. Blake Harvey, on Facebook. 

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