Seattle Severs Ties With Wells Fargo Over Dakota Access Pipeline

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A photo from the protests at the Dakota Access Pipeline, Nov. 20, 2016. Photographer Stephanie Keith chose this as her top photo of the year.
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Protesters in Seattle demonstrating against the Dakota Access Pipeline now have something to celebrate. Earlier this week, the Seattle City Council decided in a unanimous vote to cut ties with Wells Fargo -- which handles about $3 billion a year for the city -- over its role as a lender to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Seattle has decided not to renew its contract after their current agreement ends in 2018, calling this a blow to the bank, as well as "the billionaire class." This measure comes just as the Army Corps of Engineers told Congress that it will allow the $3.8 -billion pipeline project to run under the Missouri River, just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

Kshama Sawant, the Seattle City Council Member who introduced legislation on the measure, talks about what this action means for the battle over the Dakota Access Pipeline.