Omaha protest focuses on oil pipeline

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Demonstrators made their way from the Gene Leahy Mall to the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge and back Saturday in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

"Water is life! Water is life! Water is life!"

The CEO of the company in charge of building the pipeline carrying oil from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois says President-Elect Donald Trump will likely help them complete the project.

The planned route cuts through the Missouri River and protestors fear a potential oil spill would contaminate the main source of drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, among others, and disturb tribal cultural sites.

"As a native person, especially coming from the younger generation, I feel like I need to stand up for the people that are fighting to protect our water. especially being here in Omaha," said Kateri Petto. "This affects us here, locally. We are of the 18 million people who depend on the Missouri River for clean drinking water."

The pipeline is complete except for under the Missouri River in North Dakota.