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PHOTO: By Meghan Francis at the Nespelem Powwow Grounds PHOTO: By Meghan Francis at the Nespelem Powwow Grounds
NESPELEM, Wash. -

A special ceremony was held Friday morning by the Colville Confederated Tribes to bless ten Colville Veterans who left for North Dakota to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. 

"Veterans Stand for Standing Rock" is a national movement of vets who will participate in the fight against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. 

"Colville Veterans will join other vets to form a protective shield for DAPL protestors, and to protect human rights and the sacred water," the Tribe said on Friday in a news release. "The Colville Business Council strongly supports our veterans and their integrity for standing up for Mother Earth and all people."

Joaquin Marchand, Inchelium Councilman Larry Allen, Monte Joseph Sr., Harvey Moses Jr., Adam Bearcub Jr., Edward Cawston, Michael Joseph, Vince McDonald, Ray Watt and Rick Desautel are the ten veterans who left from Nespelem on Friday. 

“This is all about tribal sovereignty. Tribes are trying to protect their sacred burial sites, sacred water, the people and the land.” CBC Chairman Dr. Michael Marchand said. “Tribal Nations and the United States Veterans are organized across the country to take a stand and really show the world what is important: water.”

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