WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- As winter weather nears, some Coloradans thoughts and concerns turn to the oil pipeline protesters in North Dakota.
For months, a Westminster family has been driving to the Standing Rock Reservation to drop off much-needed supplies.
Now their focus is to get hundreds of protesters protection from the cold.
Alece Montez-Griego is Native American and has a big heart for this issue.
In August, she or other family members started driving to North Dakota every week to drop off supplies to support people who say they’re protecting the Missouri River against the threat of contamination by a huge oil pipeline.
Her neighbors are joining in, dropping off cold-weather gear, including blankets, coats and tarps.
Montez-Griego said she feels such compassion for indigenous people because they’ve gotten the shaft from the government.
“This is really an environmental justice issue, where you’ve got people without a voice who’ve been taken advantage of by for-profit companies," Montez-Griego said.
"And you also have people who the Missouri River is the last of their clean water supply. So once the Missouri River is gone they have nothing. So, I kind of feel like if we don’t stand up for them, who does? And then at some point, when we need someone to stand up for us, who’s there to stand up for us?” Montez-Griego said.
Her family will make another trip this weekend. They welcome any cold-weather gear donations at firstname.lastname@example.org.