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'The whole Pacific Northwest has really rallied behind the people at Standing Rock'

Ralliers in front of the Eugene Army Corps building chanted in unison and said “Keep it in the soil, water not oil.” (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - Daphne Singingtree lives in Eugene but is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

She said protests against the pipeline in North Dakota hit home for her.

"The whole Pacific Northwest has really rallied behind the people at Standing Rock," she said. "I'm incredibly grateful and inspired by the support that we're receiving."

The Army Corps of Engineers issued a December 5 deadline for protesters in North Dakota to leave the area.

So tribe supporters and water advocates gathered at the Army Corps building in Eugene to speak out for the tribe.

Ralliers in front of the Eugene Army Corps building chanted in unison and said “Keep it in the soil, water not oil.”

Singingtree returned just last week after two months at the protest camps in North Dakota.

She helped set up a first aid station for protesters.

"To provide general health care to the people in the camp, and respond to the police violence. So we were treating cases of hypothermia, macing, pepper spray, um all kinds of other wounds from rubber bullets," she said.

Sara Billdt also spent time in North Dakota.

She helped organize a rally in Eugene to support the tribe.

"We want to let the people of Standing Rock know that we support them," said Billdt. "We're just going to keep going, you know keep trying to make things right."

"That's the primary objective," steven Lahman said, "is to get awareness out."

Lahman said "I think it's every body's job to care about the environment, and I also think that it's everybody's job to stand up for basic human rights."

The CEO of the pipeline project said they have not disturbed any historical sites. He said quote: "the pipeline is being built where two existing pipelines exist today."

A request for a phone interview with the Army Corps of Engineers has not been fulfilled.

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