Thanksgiving Meal on Its Way for 2,000 Pipeline Protesters

Meanwhile, North Dakota wants to borrow another $7M for law enforcement
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 23, 2016 6:55 PM CST
Thanksgiving Meal Set for Pipeline Protesters
Protesters against the Dakota Access oil pipeline stand on a burned-out truck near Cannon Ball, N.D., Monday, Nov. 21, 2016.   (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

(Newser) – About 75 people from around the country are planning to serve Thanksgiving dinner to about 2,000 protesters who are demonstrating against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota, the AP reports. The group is to include actress-activists Jane Fonda and Shailene Woodley. The meal is set for late Thursday afternoon at a school in Fort Yates, which is near a camp where hundreds of protesters have gathered for months. Fort Yates is on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The tribe opposes the $3.8 billion pipeline that will skirt its reservation as it carries oil to a shipping point in Illinois. Opponents fear the pipeline will harm drinking water and Native American cultural sites.

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Meanwhile, North Dakota's Emergency Services department will be seeking another $7 million in emergency borrowing to fund law enforcement costs related to ongoing protests of the pipeline. Emergency Services spokesperson Cecily Fong says officials will request the additional funding from the state Emergency Commission on Nov. 30. The commission earlier approved $10 million in emergency spending. The money is being borrowed from the state-owned Bank of North Dakota. Fong says state costs have reached more than $11.8 million. Morton County also has spent more than $8 million policing protests, and county officials have said they might apply for reimbursement from the state. (Read more Dakota Access Pipeline stories.)

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