NAVAJO NATION, Ariz. (KSAZ)
Members of the Navajo Nation returned on Thursday from a trip to North Dakota where they joined the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in a peaceful protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline Project.
The pipeline will carry oil from North Dakota to Chicago and is being built very close to the Stand Rock Sioux Reservation.
"What I saw there is that they are making a stand, not just for the tribe, not just for other tribes that are in the area, but for people that live along the river," said Russell Begaye, Navajo Nation President.
"The biggest reason is they needed assurance that the pipe will not break when it crosses the river."
Hundreds of Native Americans from all over the country have traveled to North Dakota to join the protest, along with environmental activists.