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article imageBuffalo herd appears from nowhere at Standing Rock

By Owen Weldon     Oct 30, 2016 in World
A video of a herd of buffalo has been making its rounds online. The clip shows a buffalo heard appearing at the crest of a hill where the Dakota Pipeline protests are taking place.

The Ancestors are always with us....the buffalo remind us and validate we are on the right path.

Posted by Myron Dewey on Thursday, October 27, 2016
Right before the buffalo appeared, Myron Dewey, a videographer, was filming one of the protesters, many of them being Native Americans who are taking a stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The protester was talking about how it felt to see his traditional lands being invaded by law enforcement.
The protester spoke about how he felt hurt and that people won't ever understand. He continued to talk about how he and the other protesters were moving back because law enforcement were armed with riot gear and weapons. As he was talking, he pointed out the buffalo herd in the distance and everyone else took notice.
Tatanka Oyate(Buffalo Nation) coming over the hill. ❤️ please share that our ancestors love us so much they send us signs.

Posted by Holly Young on Thursday, October 27, 2016
In the video, which was filmed Thursday, the protester can be heard shouting the word "Tatanka," which refers to the American bison in Lakota language. However, it's not clear if the bison did come from out of nowhere. Some have said that the animals were being herded by someone and they were previously fenced in.
Native Americans and activists are protesting the construction of a pipeline, the North Dakota Access Pipeline, that is going to cost around $3.5 billion to build. Once completed, it will be capable of carrying 470,000 barrels of oil every day across four states.
Protesters say the pipeline will destroy burial sites and land that is sacred to Native Americans, namely the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. They also argue that any break in the pipe could contaminate water supply to millions living downstream.
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