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Thousands gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Sunday February 17, 2013 to hold President Barack Obama to his promise to combat climate change.

Cowboys and Indians Ride on DC, Protesting Keystone XL for Earth Day

Vincent Schilling
4/21/14

Next week, April 22, former Green Party Vice-Presidential candidate Winona LaDuke and the Cowboy and Indian Alliance made up of Native people, farmers and ranchers will ride on horseback into Washington, D.C. to show their opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline.

The protest on Tuesday will be one of many activities kicking off Earth day 2014 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. LaDuke’s organization, Honor the Earth will be joining forces with the Cowboy and Indian Alliance a group of about 30 Oglala Lakota Indians as well as a group of non-Native ranchers and farmers from North Dakota and Nebraska that have all joined forces in protest.

Additionally on the final day of protest, thousands have been invited to protest in unison against the pipeline and the Canadian Tar Sands. On Saturday April 26 at 11 a.m. at the National Mall between 7th and 9th streets, the Cowboy and Indian Alliance will make closing arguments against the pipeline.

Instructions on the Reject and Protect website state:

4 days after the Cowboy Indian Alliance tipis first go up on the Mall, we’ll gather at 11 AM on Saturday the 26th at the encampment to make our closing argument against the pipeline. As we gather, everyone there will be asked to make their thumbprint mark on a tipi. Then we’ll hear from the farmers, ranchers, tribal leaders and refinery community members who will be directly impacted by Keystone XL and the tar sands — and who have pledged to lead the resistance should it be approved.

Then, those leaders will carry our painted tipi to present to President Obama, with thousands of people standing behind them. This tipi will represent our hope that he will reject the pipeline, and our promise that we will protect our land, water and climate if he chooses to let the pipeline move forward.

Once the tipi is delivered, we’ll return to the encampment in song and make our pledge to continue resistance to the pipeline should it be approved.

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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
SARCASM ON: What is it with YOU PEOPLE? Don't you want jobs? Don't you want cheaper gasoline? You complain about the price of gas, you complain about unemployment, but you're protesting this pipeline? Us "job creators" can't help you if you're not willing to help us help you! SARCASM OFF. We're bound to hear it all when it comes to this subject. Don't buy their bullshit! The only people this pipeline is going to help are the people who already make more money than you or I will EVER see!

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I am wondering what other options are there for the pipeline? I don't mean to be difficult but there has got to be other avenues that are on the table for the pipeline as I have not heard any. Maybe someone hear could give those of us that would like to know what they are. We need cheaper oil as well as not being dependent on other countries and I am open to any other options as would be happy to vote against it if there are. Thanks for listening.

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as long as "america" is held as "economic hostages" by the oil industry, we will never get to a future of smart & alternative energies, we see Russia acting like an warlord using its oil&gas as a weapon, america has been actiung like that for generations now and our citizens are getting dumbed down to accept whatever big oil says, just liked the russian people who are being taught to think they can regain their past glory...will gas&oil ever be cheap again? what are the hidden costs of cheap oil? there are more jobs in a new economy based on alternative energies...

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as long as "america" is held as "economic hostages" by the oil industry, we will never get to a future of smart & alternative energies, we see Russia acting like an warlord using its oil&gas as a weapon, america has been actiung like that for generations now and our citizens are getting dumbed down to accept whatever big oil says, just liked the russian people who are being taught to think they can regain their past glory...will gas&oil ever be cheap again? what are the hidden costs of cheap oil? there are more jobs in a new economy based on alternative energies...

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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
Alex Jacobs: I agree and couldn't help but snicker at this. "Russia acting like an warlord using its oil&gas as a weapon, america has been actiung like that for generations now . . . " Was that a Freudian slip? Did you mean America has been achtung like that . . . Either way it was funny.

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The Keystone Pipeline is NOT a Good Thing for The United States and it's PEOPLE, too include Infrastructure......................................................... ..................................................................................................................... The Technology that will be involved is NOT fool proof, and if an Insurance Underwriter were to create an Insurance Policy; the frailties of the structure would be surfaced ......In fact that isn't a bad idea to have this done to support arguments.................................................................................................... (By an non-involved Third Party !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) ...................................................................................................................... The Security of the Pipeline requires addressing, too include the fact that Canada in the event of a "Spill" will only be effected by lost profits...... ...................................................................................................................... It would be in the "B E S T Interest" if Canada would build a Refinery in Canada and Process the Tar Sands within their own Borders - both Politically and Fiscal wise - it is their Tar Sand !............................................................. ...................................................................................................................... Part of the argument against The Pipeline is the benefits are far less then the benefits as to Pollution, Accidental or Incidental Spills, Negative Effects on Commerce that are NOT being said, Public Health, Transportation, Right of Way, Private Properties Effected, Day to Day Negative Operations, Natural Habitats etc., etc..................................................................................................... .................................................................................................................................. Well Folks, The Oil Barons didn't go away; they just became "Silent Partners" to a devastation waiting to happen........................................................................ ................................................................................................................................... This is NOT a "Tree Hugger" position, it is a "Practical Position" of being "Sane" in an "In-Sane Act of Intentional Negligence".......................................... ...................................................................................................................................

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Even if it wasn't an environmental disaster, it's not going to help anyone but the oil barons. The pipeline is so we can export more oil, thereby increasing demand...driving up prices for everyone. So really...nobody wants it except the people trying to put it in...whether they know it or not...
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