Group Runs Across State To Protect Homeland

LINCOLN, Neb.-- Twenty members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe felt their homeland was threatened by the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.

Since Monday, they relayed 477 miles from Gordon, Nebraska to Lincoln in the hopes to send a message to the governor and senators. The message: keep mother nature safe and alive, by preventing TransCanada from building the proposed pipeline project on their land.

Supporters of the pipeline say it will create jobs and provide energy independence. However, the group believes the project is only for money and those in charge of the project need to think of future generations.

"To ensure [the youth] a future," said group coordinator, Ricky Gray Grass. "We want our youth to be able to swim in lakes and creeks."

There is no timeline on when or if the U.S State Department will make a decision on the pipeline. In April, the Obama Administration indefinitely extended the amount of time federal agencies have to review the project. A decision likely won't be made until after the November elections.


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