Military veterans to support standing rock protests

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CANNON BALL, N.D. — Frigid, snowy conditions are not stopping thousands of people from trying to block the Dakota Access oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

Several Environmentalists and Native Americans said the pipeline could threaten sacred lands and access to clean water. Now, the cavalry comes to the rescue.

Thousands of U.S. veterans are planning to descend on the site, and shield demonstrators from police. Wesley Clark is a Marine who started the group Veterans Stand For Standing Rock.

He has has been tweeting photos from his journey as he heads to North Dakota.

"We are coming with truth, justice, and the American way," Clark said.

The Governor has ordered protestors to evacuate the area.  Witnesses said police have  used concussion grenades and water cannons on demonstrators.