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Pope Francis appears to back Native Americans over the Dakota Access Pipeline protest

Pope Francis appeared to back Native Americans seeking to halt part of the Dakota Access Pipeline, saying indigenous cultures have a right to defend “their ancestral relationship to the earth”.

The Argentinian pontiff, who has often strongly defended indigenous rights since his election in 2013, made his comments on protection of native lands to representative of tribes attending the Indigenous Peoples Forum in Rome.  Read more.

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