Tulsa Man Spends Labor Day Weekend Supporting North Dakota Protestors

Tuesday, September 6th 2016, 10:48 pm
By: News On 6

There are new developments between a Native American tribe and a company wanting to build a pipeline in North Dakota.

Tuesday, a federal judge ruled Energy Transfer Partners could continue construction work only in certain areas before a hearing next Friday.

Supporter Scott Carr drove up to North Dakota from Tulsa to spend his Labor Day weekend with the Standing Rock Sioux.

"It was very personal,” Carr said. “It was my native heritage and I felt compelled to go because of that. So it was my own journey, in a sense, that became that became very much a spiritual journey.”

Native Americans from all over the country are there trying to stop Energy Transfer Partners from building the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux says the pipeline goes right through sacred tribal lands.

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"This is a peaceful protest. Women and children, these camps that sometimes get talked about. This is women and children. There's nothing violent about this," Carr said.

This weekend, protestors fighting the pipeline witnessed bulldozers tearing up areas where the Standing Rock Sioux say are burial grounds.

Attorneys for Energy Transfer Partners filed documents in federal court denying their pipeline crews tore up those areas.

The Standing Rock Sioux is trying to get a federal judge to stop the pipeline. Attorneys for the tribe asked the judge to halt any new construction until the case is heard Friday.

The judge ruled Energy Transfer Partners could only continue digging in certain areas until the hearing.

Carr said the protest in North Dakota affects Oklahomans.

"Ultimately, Standing Rock stands not just for their sovereignty, their rights and their water, they're standing for ours," he said.

Tulsans are expected to gather on the Guthrie Green this Thursday evening to show their support for Standing Rock.