Locals support protests over pipeline

People gathered in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline

By Carie Kuehn | ckuehn@whbf.com

Published 09/25 2016 05:58PM

Updated 09/25 2016 05:58PM

Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Dozens of people gathered in LeClaire Park on Sunday to show solidarity with those who are protesting in North Dakota. 

The protesters, who call themselves "protectors", are opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline would transport 470,000 barrels of crude oil a day, something that endangers the environment, especially local water. 

The theme is "Water is Life", and the group who gathered on the Davenport Riverfront today was collecting supplies for those protesting. Some have been camping out since April.

Josie Ironshield says she has family in the area who are protesting, and he first question was what could she do from afar. 

"What can I do here," said Ironshield.  "Well, I can use my voice here and gather supplies. So, you know, if that's what I can do to aid them in protecting this water then go for it, that's what I'm going to do." 

People also wore traditional Sioux regalia. They were collecting camping items such as tents, blankets, and heaters. 

Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.