For many Native Americans pushing to block construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation in North Dakota, Thanksgiving Day serves as a reminder of centuries of broken promises.
About 300 people demonstrated against the pipeline in Mandan, North Dakota, on Thursday, according to The Associated Press, capping off the night with an “Appreciation Dinner” served by actress Jane Fonda and others.
About 50 police officers stood across from the protesters, and the crowd eventually dispersed. At least one demonstrator was arrested, reported The AP.
“Given what we are currently fighting against, Thanksgiving is not really a celebration for us,” Dallas Goldtooth, a Native American activist on the ground in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, told ABC News Thursday.