Native Americans in Ohio protest pipeline, push green energy

JR American Horse, left, raises his fist with others while leading a march to the Dakota Access Pipeline site in southern Morton County North Dakota. Several hundred protesters marched about a mile up Hwy 1806, Friday Sept. 9, 2016, from the protest camp to the area of the pipeline site where some archeological artifacts have been discovered. (Will Kincaid/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Native Americans and allied groups in Ohio have used prayers, speeches and traditional singing to protest a planned pipeline near Indian lands and to call on Ohio to support more renewable energy.

Native groups from central Ohio, Lake Erie and Ohio State University joined the Sierra Club outside Columbus City Hall on Monday, which was Columbus Day.

The peaceful protest followed a federal appeals court decision Sunday allowing construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline to continue. It’s planned near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation in North Dakota.

Both the city and the holiday are named for the explorer Christopher Columbus, whose status as a national hero is disputed. The holiday is dubbed Indigenous Peoples’ Day or Native American Day in some parts of the country. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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