One Veteran On Why He Will Stand For Standing Rock

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Flags of Native American tribes from across the U.S. and Canada line the entrance to a protest encampment near Cannon Ball, N.D. where members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their supporters gathered to voice their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), Sept. 3, 2016. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Blizzard conditions, evacuation orders and harsh crowd dispersal tactics have not cleared out the protester camps at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.

This weekend, a group of veterans are heading to the site to act as “human shields” for the protesters. Thousands have registered to go. Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with one of those vets, Dakota Blue Serna (@dakotabusmc), a former Marine.

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