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About 200 people crowded the steps of the Gallatin County Courthouse in Bozeman on Tuesday afternoon as part of a national day of solidarity in support of groups protesting against the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota.

Waving signs that read “We can’t drink oil,” “Water is life” and “Stand with Standing Rock” — a reference to the the American Indian reservation at the front line of the protests — the throng sang, chanted and cheered on several speakers.

“This is not just about Native people, this is about everyone. Recognize that water is important and think about what it feels like to have that water threatened,” said Connie Brownotter, a Montana State University student born in Standing Rock. “With this pipeline threatening our water supply, our way of life is threatened. I want to be able to continue to call Standing Rock my home.”

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