Some Sacramento State students are on their way to North Dakota tonight driving 1,400 miles to the epicenter of an increasingly violent pipeline standoff.
The students are taking supplies to protestors who are trying to stop a natural gas operator from bulldozing what they say are sacred sites. Monday the first group embarked on the journey and Wednesday a second group will leave with more supplies.
ABC10 did a story about the donations on Saturday and since then the students said they have had monetary donations. The first group to deliver the goods is grad student Cecilia Chavez and Sociology Professor Anne Luna Gordinier.
"We're just really excited to join in on the struggle and join in on this really important issue. We want everyone to keep supporting and focusing their effort and energy on changing and supporting these actions at home as well," Luna-Gordinier said.
She told us the SUV they were driving was filled to the brim and the other vehicle driving on Wednesday will be the same.
"We have just enough clearance to see out of the back window. It is very full of a lot of donated blankets, gloves, hats, scarves, jackets, boots, chapstick, emergency blankets and toothbrushes; sundries that people need to stay warm and keep from getting dehydrated," Luna-Gordinier said.
The two women are set to arrive tomorrow afternoon and a second group will take off from Sac State to take another load of donations tomorrow expected to arrive in North Dakota Friday.