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'Our cause is just,' says tribal leader in pipeline protest

Posted at 11:11 AM, Sep 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-03 14:29:16-04

The leader of an American Indian tribe in North Dakota that is protesting a $3.8 billion four-state oil pipeline says the "cause is just."

Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II is among some 30 people that have been arrested in recent weeks for interfering with the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in southern North Dakota.

His contemporaries say he's the right person at the right time to lead the fight. Native Americans from reservations hundreds of miles away have joined the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's growing protest against the oil pipeline, which they say could disturb sacred sites and impact drinking water for 8,000 tribal members and millions further downstream.