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Idaho Standing Rock Supporters Announce Protest After Trump Revives Dakota Access Pipeline

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- Sally Monday, left, drove to Boise to participate in a December demonstration in support of protesters at Standing Rock. -  - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • Sally Monday, left, drove to Boise to participate in a December demonstration in support of protesters at Standing Rock.
The Dakota Access Pipeline is back in play. In one of his first acts as the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump revived the prospect of the controversial pipeline Monday, spurring into action opponents of the oil company development through the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

Idaho Stands with Standing Rock has announced a protest of Trump's action slated for Saturday, Jan. 28, which will run from noon-3 p.m. at the Idaho State Capitol. Organizers are asking participants to bring handmade signs and banners, and have also invited Native American singers to join in the demonstration.

If completed, the so-called DAPL would run from North Dakota to Illinois. Trump signed documents Jan. 23 resurrecting both the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, both of which were put on hold by former-President Barack Obama. The executive memorandum authored by Trump encourages Keystone pipeline developer TransCanada to "promptly resubmit its application to the Department of State for a presidential permit."

Reinvigorating the oil pipelines is part of a steady stream of activity coming from the White House undoing the work of Trump's predecessor. On his first day in office, Trump signed an executive order that would weaken enforcement of one of Obama's signature policy achievements, the Affordable Care Act.

Past Boise-area demonstrations against DAPL have focused on raising awareness of the pipeline among the media and at Boise City Hall. Other gatherings have been intended to collect supplies for protesters at Standing Rock itself. An organizer of the Saturday event said there are no plans yet to collect goods for a supply run.


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