WASHINGTON (Gray DC) Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of our nation's capital on Friday, capping a four day protest against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
This comes as a federal judge declined to halt construction of the final section of the $3.8 billion pipeline, meaning oil could begin flowing through it as early as next week.
From the headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the White House, thousands form around the country made their voices heard, marching through drizzling rain and snow.
"All of our nation's stand in solidarity with Standing Rock and what's going on over there," said Jocelyn Jones, with the Seneca Nation.
The protest comes just a month after the army green lighted completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline without an environmental study. The Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes have tried to stop the pipeline, saying that it threatens their drinking water and sacred sites, but so far they've been unsuccessful.
"This whole experience has really been a roller coaster ride of emotions," said Kandi Mossett, a resident from North Dakota.
Mossett says she's been there through every step of this fight.
“I was there in the camps, since April 1st, I had been dropping off supplies and helping out at sacred stone and started camping out myself in August with my three year old," Mossett said.
She says the size of this protest gives her hope.
“This is the natural next phase. Native nations rise," Mossett said.
The rally on Friday revealed some divisions among the activists, with some booing as Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault took the stage.
“If you want to try and holler and shun me, what you’re doing is shunning the youth," Archambault said to the crowd.
Although, a federal judge declined to temporarily stop construction of the final section of the pipeline, Archambault reassured the crowd that the battle isn't over.
"We are not defeated, we are not defeated and we are not going to be the victims," he said.
Attorneys representing the tribes say they haven't decided how they will proceed after this week's ruling.