About 300 people rally for jailed pipeline protester

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Sam Grant of the Omaha tribe addresses members of the Ponca, Santee, Winnebago and Omaha Tribes in Nebraska and Iowa along with others during a rally on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in front of the Army Corps of Engineers offices in Omaha, Neb., to protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline in the Dakotas and Iowa. […]

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) โ€” About 300 people have rallied outside a jail in Mandan to show support for a Dakota Access pipeline protester from South Dakota who remains in custody.

The Bismarck Tribune reports 42-year-old Olowan Martinez is being held at the Morton County Correctional Center. She was arrested last week on a trespassing charge. The arrest triggered a warrant from Nebraska, where she is wanted on charges that include terroristic threats.

Martinez has consented to the extradition to Nebraska.

Protester Cody Hall says the rally’s goal was to show Martinez that the group is “waiting for her to serve her time and just be back at camp.”

The Morton County sheriff’s office says Martinez is the only one of the 69 people who have been arrested in connection with anti-pipeline protests that remains in jail.

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