Students protest North Dakota pipeline at UMass

It's a nearly $4-billion project that would pipe oil across four states

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Students from all five Hampshire County colleges gathered to speak out against the North Dakota pipeline project. 22News explains how a project many miles away is really hitting home.

These students of Native American heritage stood up and spoke out at UMass Friday against a controversial pipeline project in North Dakota.

They say the pipeline would cut through Native American tribal land. The crowd was made up of hundreds of students, professors, and people from the community. Those against the pipeline say it would disturb burying ground and threaten clean water supplies.

Brock Parent, Student Organizer, Divest UMass told 22News, “They redirected this through native lands without any meaningful tribal consultation and also in violation of several federal treaties.”

Andreus Ridley, Organizer, Native American Student Association said, “I think of myself more as a part of a broader community. What hits home for me and hits home for a lot of native people across the country. If folks are suffering in Standing Rock than I need to support them.

It’s a nearly $4-billion project that would pipe oil across four states. They told us their fight is even more important because November is Native American Heritage Month.