U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, is planning to join thousands of veterans in North Dakota to show support for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline project.
Gabbard’s visit is planned for this weekend.
In a statement released Tuesday, Gabbard said she's participating in the protest "because of the threat this project poses to water resources in four states serving millions of people. Whether it's the threat to essential water sources in this region, the lead contamination in Flint, Michigan, or the threat posed to a major Hawaii aquifer by the Red Hill fuel leak, each example underscores the vital importance of protecting our water resources."
She added, "If my participation in this protest helps send one message, it is this: We must protect our fragile water resources for current and future generations."
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has set an early December deadline for protesters to leave the area or face arrest.
Several Hawaii activists have joined the protests, expressing concern about protections for the tribe’s water source and other cultural sites.