Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Atchison Activists Protest against Dakota Access Pipeline

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Atchison Activists Protest against Dakota Access Pipeline

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ATCHISON -- About 40 people demonstrated Saturday morning along the banks of the Kansas River near Atchison's Amelia Earhart Bridge against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, said organizer Felicia Smith.

"We're not calling ourselves 'protestors,' we're calling ourselves 'protectors,' " Smith said in a telephone interview Saturday afternoon. "We're trying to protect what's been given to us."

Another protest is planned to take place at the same site in Atchison at 10 a.m. next Saturday, Smith said.

Construction began earlier this month on the crude oil pipeline, which would start in North Dakota and pass through South Dakota and Iowa before ending in Illinois.

The pipeline drew media attention earlier this month when actress Shailene Woodley -- star of the "Divergent" movie series -- joined more than 200 protestors at a "spirit camp" established by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe at the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri rivers. …

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