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.