About 60 people gathered in the library’s basement to share their stories during the pipeline protests in Cannon Ball.
“Because of the effort of the water protectors, we have a new awareness of the environment. It has made a dramatic impact,” says Sen. Tim Mathern, (D) North Dakota.
Also in attendance two who were arrested during the protests. One is stuck in state and has been charged with a felony for disarming a man who had a loaded rifle during one of the protests. The other a councilwoman from Wisconsin who was arrested back in October.
“It was very shocking experience. And as shocking as it was for me, I looked around to my sisters who had already been in jail and realized that the local people here have been experiencing that for decades and centuries,” says Rebecca Kemble, City Councilwoman of Madison, Wisconsin.
She still serves as councilwoman for her district in Madison, Wisconsin.
The water protectors, or protesters are fighting many legal battles in North Dakota from misdemeanors to felonies. The Standing Rock tribe is continuing to fight the pipeline in Washington.
Oil began to flow through the Dakota Access pipeline just this week.