INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Protesters gathered in downtown Indianapolis to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The group met at the Eiteljorg Museum at 2 p.m. Tuesday and marched to the PNC and Chase banks. Protesters said the banks are funding construction of the controversial pipeline.
The group began the day with song and prayer, and then march down Washington Street to spend time at PNC Bank to take peaceful actions to let banks and customers know that they do not support their investment in the pipeline project They stoped at Chase bank on Monument Circle to demonstrate, then marched back to the Eiteljorg to conclude their day with prayer by approximately 5 p.m.
The pipeline has received major backlash over its path through Native American lands, and some are concerned that it could harm the water supply in the event of a leak.
“The major focus of this day of action Nationally is rally against the Army Corps of Engineers and other major decision makers calling on them to revoke the permits for this dirty oil pipeline. However, here in Indianapolis, we have only a small Corps field office tucked away in a corner where no one would see us. We have communicated with the organizers of the National Day of Action and agreed the second best target are these banks. Pipelines cost money to build. The money comes from banks. If we put pressure on banks, it’s going to make it a lot more uncomfortable for them to lend money to these projects. So stop the flow of money to build the pipelines, then we stop the flow of oil running through the land. This day of action is one of many calls for solidarity actions targeting not only the Army Corps, but stakeholders at every level, including the banks who are funding Dakota Access and the companies building the project,” the group stated.
Demonstrators handed a petition with nearly 30,000 signatures to the Statehouse demanding Indianapolis officers no longer be sent to help control protests in North Dakota. Indiana has sent 37 officers so far.
Those attending the protest were asked to bring art and banners, as well as to share on social media with #NoDAPL.
Some of the sample messages they asked for protesters to put on art and banners included:
- People over Pipelines
- Army Corps End DAPL Now!
- In Solidarity with Standing Rock
- This bank uses your money to poison the water
- This bank uses your money to pollute the environment
- Water is Life
- Thank You Water Protectors!!
Protesters partnered with the following:
- Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)
- Honor the Earth, 350.org
- Native OrganizersAlliance
- Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
- National Nurses United
- Hip Hop Caucus
- BOLD Alliance
- Greenpeace USA
- Beyond Extreme Energy
- Rainforest Action Network
- Oil Change International
- Our Revolution
- Center for Popular Democracy
- Powershift Network
- Earthworks Food and Water Watch,
- Justice and Witness Ministries
- United Church of Christ
- Center for Biological Diversity
- Daily Kos
- Natural Resources Defense Council
- Sierra Club
- Iraq Veterans against the War
- Ruckus Society
- Friends of the Earth
- Climate Hawks Vote