Protestors took to the streets of Sacramento this week against the Dakota Access Pipeline, standing in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Now, Sacramento State students are also getting involved. They believe the pipeline could threaten where the Standing Rock Tribe gets their water from and destroy sacred lands.
"Water is life we can't survive without it," CSUS grad student Cecilia Chavez said.
She and Matthew Trevino along with others from the Ensuring Native American Traditions (ENIT) Club have organized a winter supplies drive for the people of Standing Rock.
"We are collecting clothing, jackets, winter supplies, tarps, things to last through the harsh winter," Trevino said.
Chavez will be driving to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota Monday where thousands are protesting the 1,100-mile Dakota Access Pipeline to deliver the goods. Protests have been going on since April gaining attention worldwide. Energy Transfer Partners is the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline.
"We see these troubles all the time with fighting for our cultural significance in the world today, just because you can't see it, feel it, hold on to it, doesn't mean it's not there," Trevino told us.
UC Davis Professor Gwen Arnold studies fracking governance. We emailed her and asked about the grievances that the native people have and she gave us this response: "While some argue that moving oil by pipeline is safer than moving it via rail or trucks, others point out that the "U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has reported more than 3,300 incidents of leaks and ruptures at oil and gas pipelines since 2010"."
Her answer is why Chavez said they are going to stand in solidarity with Standing rock even though Energy Transfer Partners said they will not stop the project.
"You're taking something from me, you're taking something from my life, you're taking something from everyone's life," she said.
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