At an anti-Dakota Access Pipeline rally in Washington, D.C. on Friday, protesters turned on their own as they heckled and booed the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Dave Archambault.
Judith LeBlanc of the Native Organizers Alliance introduced Archambault, and at the mention of his name, the crowd erupted into boos.
“Chairman Dave Archambault of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is a 21st century Indian leader,” LeBlanc said, to a loud outcry of dissatisfaction from the crowd.
The crowd’s anger and heckling intensified when Archambault walked onstage.
Before Archambault spoke, an organizer of the demonstration took the microphone to call for unity. Unconvincing cheers met her plea.
Archambault responded to the hecklers: “I’m standing here with the youth, and I want you to know that the youth have started this movement. The youth are the ones who said ‘we’re going to stand up against something that is not right.’ And these guys are the ones who I make all my decisions on. I make all my choices for them. And I believe in them. And so if you want to try to hollar and shun me, what you’re doing is you’re shunning the youth.”
The crowd continued to heckle Archambualt, upsetting some of the children onstage with him.
Archambault told anti-Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to disband their protest camp in December, after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers halted construction of the pipeline. The Trump administration has resumed the project.
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