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Protesters rally against Dakota Access Pipeline in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

More than 70 people gathered outside of U.S. Bank in downtown Dubuque Tuesday afternoon to protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The project, which is mostly completed, would carry oil from the Bakken fields in North Dakota to Illinois.

But the pipeline has come under fire, particularly for the last section to be completed, which would be near the Missouri River, the Standing Rock Sioux's main source of drinking water.

"I'm out here today because we can't stay silent when so many of our brothers and sisters over in the Dakotas, their land is being threatened, and their burial ground and their water resources are being threatened. We can't stay silent any longer," said Adria Hogan from Dubuque.

Allison Mitchell was also among the protesters.

She went into the bank during the protest to close her account with them.

"Today myself and hopefully others are divesting our funds from U.S. Bank and going into other banks or credit unions like Dupaco," Mitchell said.

U.S. Bank has ties with Sunoco Logistics, who is a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, the builder of the pipeline.

One organization, Food & Water Watch, says U.S. Bank is one of 38 banks providing financial support for the pipeline.

Cheryl Leamon, Vice President of External Communications for U.S. Bank, declined to comment on the protest.

Because the pipeline is nearly complete, many of the protesters admit they're fighting an uphill battle.

But many say they still have hope.

"I think we have the power, collectively, to make people sit up and listen, and hopefully to change," said Kathy Flynn, a Sinsinawa Dominican Sister.

Similar protests were scheduled in Des Moines and Iowa City as well.

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