Anti-DAPL activists protest Bemidji City Council, Wells Fargo
January 12, 2017
BEMIDJI—A small group of people gathered outside of Bemidji City Hall on Wednesday to protest the City Council's decision to continue to use Wells Fargo accounts to hold city funds.
The activists, who prefer to be called water protectors, had asked the City Council last month to divest from Wells Fargo due to the bank's investment in the Dakota Access Pipeline. Many Native American communities and environmental activists across the country object to the pipeline, saying it would pass through land sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and endanger water sources.
"Wells Fargo funds big oil and DAPL," said Nancy Beaulieu, one of four people protesting as of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. "We'd hope that our City Council would display stewardship and do their part as leaders and help protect our community."