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Air Force veteran goes to Standing Rock

Posted at 6:30 PM, Dec 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-08 22:46:54-05

Even in cold windy conditions Bud Clouse says this is a cause he's standing for.

"This is an ongoing issue of big corporations taking advantage of people who can't defend themselves," said Bud Clouse.

The Sioux Tribe and many protesters have been at it for months defending their land and water source from the Dakota Access Pipeline.

"Not only is it walking on American citizens rights its walking on probably the most oppressed group in our society which are the Native Americans."

They say they are not taking no for an answer.

People are still camping out with limited resources hoping to make a point not to build a pipeline near standing rock.

"They are taking land so a corporation can make money,” Clouse said.

“It’s not for you, it’s not for a citizen in Omaha, or for and average citizen in North Dakota,  it’s so a company with investors can make money," Clouse continued.

Clouse says he and at least two thousand veterans showed up with hopes of bringing national attention to the issue and also to supply protesters with materials to survive this winter.

"There was a group of us who felt that this was a worthy cause, who believed in it, who feel like when we took our oath we are here to serve and protect foreign and domestic enemies,” Clouse said.

“We felt like it was our job to go up there and take a stand," Clouse continued.

Clouse says he celebrated with protesters as they got word the Army Corps of Engineers will deny the pipeline company easement but they still have a long way to go.