- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A southern Nevada Indian tribe is organizing a Las Vegas Strip protest in solidarity with demonstrations in North Dakota against development of an oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

A Las Vegas Paiute Tribe statement says its planned 4 p.m. Friday “act of peace and prayer” near the iconic Bellagio resort fountains is to show solidarity against construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

It says the fight is for clean water, human rights and respect for Native American treaties.

More than 1,000 people are gathered at the protest site near the Cannonball and Missouri rivers.

A federal judge refused Friday to block the $3.8 billion pipeline over environmental concerns.

A Texas-based company is building the conduit for oil from western North Dakota to Illinois.

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