Native protesters march through downtown Seattle against the North Dakota Access Pipeline. Photo by Casey Jaywork.

Natives Lead Anti-DAPL March Through Downtown Seattle

“Water is life!”

About two hundred people marched from Seattle City Hall to Westlake Park this morning in solidarity with the protesters blocking the North Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The march was led by members of local tribes.

“It’s really amazing to see all of the tribal people coming together from all over the United States to stand in solidarity with Standing Rock,” said Peggen Frank of the North Arapaho Nation and the Oglala Lakota tribe. “It’s nice to see people…gathering to stop this black snake—the Dakota Access Pipeline.”

Lawrence Hawk of the Suquamish tribe said he was marching “for our water, for everybody…People are forgetting what we’re about, who we are, where we came from.”

Do you have any message for leaders or the public?

“Do what’s right.”

Alchea Wilson of the Lummi Nation said that she just returned from the Standing Rock protests a few days ago. “There is absolutely no violence at Standing Rock camp” from the protesters, she said. “All I seen was the violence from the attack dogs, from the security guards,” said Wilson.

“Our mother earth is getting really disturbed,” she continued. “We’re killing ourselves by killing the earth. What are you going to drink? What are your children going to drink?”

We’ve previously covered local involvement in the anti-DAPL protests.

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