Mandan, ND

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“One of the things that I saw unfold during the protest was a shift in the protest message. The original message of protest seemed to be all about tribal sovereignty and protecting the water. But at a certain point the message was taken over by outside interests and the protest became a much larger environmental protest about oil development in general. I think having a discussion about oil development in general is a good thing, especially in North Dakota, but I think the issues revolving around environmental racism, tribal sovereignty, and protecting the water got lost at a certain point due to the protest shifting to an anti-oil protest.”

-Brian McGinness 
Mandan, ND
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