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Colville Tribal veterans want to make a protective shield for 'water protectors' at Standing Rock

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Pipeline protests are going on nationwide and now veterans from the Inland Northwest are making it their mission to support them. Colville Tribal veterans left for Standing Rock in North Dakota on Friday. Their goal is to make a protective shield for the protesters who they call water protectors.   

Four buses loaded with veterans from Tacoma, Bellingham, and Spokane all headed to North Dakota. "The water protectors at Standing Rock need a break," said Dave Bilsland, a veteran.

It's a historic battlefield for the tribes in the region. "There's that sense of community there and they're all there for one purpose but everyone is bringing their different skill sets," said Twa-le Abrahamson Swan, a member of the Spokane Tribe. She just got back from spending a week in North Dakota, fighting to protect the water and help future generations.

The vets have set up a Facebook page for their protesting event which is supposed to start December 4th.

The Sheriff's Office in North Dakota says they'll be fining anyone who brings in supplies to the camps.

Despite the ongoing protests, President-Elect Donald Trump announced his support for the pipeline on Friday. There's been speculation he has investments in the pipeline but his team insists that's not true, saying his support is based on policy, not money.

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