Indian tribes protest pipeline route
STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. -- High on a hill overlooking the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers, Dave Archambault II knelt and touched a stone that bears a handprint worn into it by thousands of his ancestors who have done the same for centuries.
There, the leader of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said a prayer for peace.
Below, Archambault could see American Indians from across North America gathered at an encampment a half-mile away, joining his tribe's growing protest against a $3.8 billion four-state oil pipeline that will cross the Missouri River nearby. It's a project they fear will disturb sacred sites and affect drinking water for thousands of tribal members on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and millions farther downstream.