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FEATURING NICK TILSEN – While mainstream media attention to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests has already waned, activists are refusing to back down. Since April of this year indigenous leaders and tribal members have set up camp in Cannonball, North Dakota, near one portion of the controversial pipeline project. The protests grew enormously in September when activists of diverse backgrounds joined in to express solidarity. Under the hashtag #NODAPL, spirited demonstrations captured national attention.

Bizarrely, the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest federation of labor unions, recently issued an official position supporting the pipeline claiming it would help create jobs. Despite this, opposition to the project remains firm and has even spread to other parts of the pipeline, which extends across four states.

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Nick Tilsen, Executive Director, Thunder Valley Community Development Corp.

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