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TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO G. DIAZ - Members of several tribes, including the Nisqualy of the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, drummed and chanted during Friday afternoon's gathering to support the Standing Rock Sioux Nation protest in North Dakota.Hundreds of people gathered Friday afternoon to show solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation’s weeks-long protest of a $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline that will cut through a swath of Sioux land and threatens the tribe’s water and sacred sites.


The group gathered in Pioneer Courthouse Square offered prayers, drumming and speeches about the protest that has attracted more than 1,000 people, including families who have camped on the site to block the pipeline.

On Friday, Sept. 9, federal officials ordered the work to stop on the section that was the focus of the protests. The order came after a federal judge declined the Standing Sioux’s request for an injunction against the pipeline.

Portland’s gathering was peaceful.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO G. DIAZ - Modesta LaPiere speaks at rally in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation camp in protest of the Access Oil Pipe line in North Dakota.

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