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Bruce Snyder, a retired Baltimore County firefighter who serves as a spiritual counselor, traveled with his 22-year-old stepson, Jesse Hanlon, to the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota to support the ongoing Sioux protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Snyder provided medical care and Hanlon constructed yurts for winter housing. They witnessed a gathering of thousands of demonstrators who oppose the construction of the DALP near Sioux water supplies and cultural sites on the reservation. Snyder and Hanlon describe their experiences, including their encounters with Sioux elders, in this episode of the podcast. Some 2,000 veterans planned to gather this weekend at Standing Rock to serve as “human shields” for protesters. In Maryland, Sen.-elect Chris Van Hollen called on the Army Corps of Engineers to “de-escalate” the standoff with protesters.
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