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San Diego Native Tribes Rally Against North Dakota Oil Pipeline

Native Americans held a protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline near t...

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Above: Native Americans held a protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota last week.

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Robert Wallace, member, Barona Band of Mission Indians

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Native American tribes in San Diego are joining what's become a nationwide effort to halt the construction of a 1,200-mile oil pipeline project.

Over the last couple of weeks, local native tribes have held rallies in downtown San Diego. Another one is planned for Saturday in Mission Beach.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota is against the pipeline because members say it could threaten their source of drinking water.

The company behind the project says it has put the necessary safeguards in place, but that has not stopped thousands of Native American activists and environmentalists from joining the protest by camping outside the reservation.

Robert Wallace, member of the Barona Band of Mission Indians, discusses Friday on Midday Edition how local tribes are coming together to support the Standing Rock Sioux.

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