Native American youths stop in Columbus during 2,000 mile run to protest pipeline

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Dozens of young activists stopped in Columbus, Monday, on their way to the nation’s capital.

The 39 members of the Oceti Sakowin Nation are running 2,000 miles from their reservation in North Dakota to protest the building of an oil pipeline that will cross sacred tribal lands.

“The run is really not all about the oil. It’s not all about the pipeline. It’s about regaining our identity as a people. It’s about our culture; it’s about our land; it’s about our water,” said Jasilyn Charger, the run organizer.

The group says they want President Obama’s help to shut down the pipeline.

They’re also promoting green energy and youth activism on their trek.

The Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio hosted Monday’s event. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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