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Native American Groups Protest Keystone XL Pipeline

Jan 29, 2013
(Omaha World-Herald)

Native American protesters concerned about pollution of ancestral lands by the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline rallied Monday outside the State Capitol.

Members of the Indigenous Council of Nebraska, the Lincoln Indian Center and a grass-roots movement from Canada called Idle No More called on President Barack Obama to resist growing political pressure and reject the pipeline. They said the project represents a threat to soil, water and the atmosphere by unleashing more greenhouse gases that many scientists have linked to global warming.

“This is more than just a native issue. It's more than just an indigenous issue, it's an issue for everybody,” said Jessica James of Lincoln, a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.