Pipeline protest draws big names

BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) – As protesters prepare for a clash with police along the Dakota Access Pipeline construction route in North Dakota, they’re getting some famous help.

Two people who are used to having the world’s attention, albeit for very different reasons, joined the protest in hopes of shining more light on the issue.

Civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson joined protesters at the main camp in the morning, where he drew comparisons between the pipeline and Flint, Michigan.

“The irony is they sent Native Americans out on these reservations to perish, only to find that there was great wealth beneath the soil,” said Jackson.

Actor Mark Ruffalo, better known as the Incredible Hulk, joined the front lines as well.

“Put yourself in that place. These are all human beings just like everyone out there watching and their livelihood, their families, their sacred places, their cemeteries are all being attacked,” said Ruffalo.