GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – A group of concerned citizens protested in Green Bay on Saturday in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
The tribe has been protesting against the Dakota Access oil pipeline for months, saying it could harm drinking water and sacred Native American sites. The pipeline is being built across four states from North Dakota to Illinois.
Kenneth Fish, president of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, said he has been to North Dakota twice to support protesters. Fish was among those protesting outside Lambeau Field.
“One of our religious, spiritual values is to protect the water, the air and everything that surrounds us,” he said. “Certainly this pipeline is going to have a devastating effect on the water for the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and everybody downstream from there. We felt the need to protest and to protect that water.”
People in Green Bay chanted, “You can’t drink oil. Keep it in the soil.” Some driving by honked their horns to show their support. The demonstrations were peaceful.
At times, demonstrations in North Dakota have turned contentious, with multiple reports of injuries. Fish said he has seen police pepper spray and shoot protesters with rubberized bullets.
“As a veteran, I’m appalled. I’m shocked that I witnessed firsthand and personally the inhumane civil rights treatment of Indians out there,” he said.
However, Fish said he has been uplifted by the support he has seen among many indigenous people coming together to support the cause.