More than $1 mil­lion pours in for protest against oil pipe­line

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

The crowd­sourc­ing goal was modest: $5,000, enough to help a few dozen peo­ple camp­ing in North Dakota to protest the nearby con­struc­tion of the four-state Dakota Ac­cess oil pipe­line. The fund has since topped a stag­ger­ing $1 mil­lion.

The fund is among sev­eral cash streams that have pro­vided at least $3 mil­lion to help with le­gal costs, food and other sup­plies to those op­pos­ing the nearly 1,200-mile pipe­line. It may also give pro­test­ers the abil­ity to pro­long their months-long en­camp­ments that have at­tracted thou­sands of sup­port­ers, as the Stand­ing Rock Sioux Tribe pur­sues the fight in court.

And as the num­ber of protest-re­lated ar­rests in­creased this week, so did con­tri­bu­tions — the funds raked in more than $200,000 be­tween Thurs­day and Fri­day alone.

But de­mon­stra­tors are quick to note that the amount of money raised and what they have left isn’t the same.

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