Protest Planned in Support of Standing Rock

By Hillary Hollis

The Razorback Reporter

Nearly 150 people are planning to protest Saturday afternoon in Fayetteville to show solidarity with pipeline protesters in North Dakota, according to the Facebook event post.

Tiffany Holcomb-Pascual of Springdale organized the event on Facebook. NWA Stand with Standing Rock and will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday near Walgreens at the intersection of Joyce Boulevard and College Avenue. The purpose is to raise awareness of the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, she said.

“It just amazes me this has been going on for so many months and there are are so many people who still don’t know this is going on,” Holcomb-Pascual said.

Holcomb-Pascual was surprised by the number of people interested in participating, she said. So far, 145 people plan to attend and 515 have expressed interest in the event, according to the event’s Facebook page.

Olivia Morgan, president of the UA Native American Student Association, is helping with the event but is not going as a representative of the student group, she said.

“We don’t seek to represent all Native Americans on campus, but we want to come together as Native Americans and represent individually,” Morgan said.

The intersection of Joyce Boulevard and College Avenue is one of the busiest in Fayetteville and was once one of the busiest in Arkansas, said Sgt. Craig Stout of the Fayetteville Police.

Holcomb-Pascual hopes the demonstration will inspire the public to contact their government officials, she said.

“We are going to fight for the right to have clean water, and it’s something we shouldn’t have to fight for, but we will,” Holcomb-Pascual said.

Demonstrators will meet at 12:30 at the Vintage Fellowship at 4083 N. Shiloh Drive. For more information, visit the Facebook event post – NWA Stand With Standing Rock –  or contact Holcomb-Pascual at 479-799-3385.