Today our thoughts are with the members of the law enforcement community who for months now have been protecting workers and private property in Morton County, North Dakota. Due to the ongoing security situation, many will not be able to spend Thanksgiving with their families.
We’re thankful for their service to our communities.
We’re also thankful for the many economic opportunities that have already stemmed from construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Because of the construction work, thousands of jobs have been created, generating income for thousands of families.
Small businesses including hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, laundromats, etc. all along the route have also benefitted from the influx of people to construct the pipeline, boosting revenues and bringing new opportunities to communities from North Dakota to Illinois.
Today we are thankful, and we are also hopeful. Hopeful that the violent actions towards police in North Dakota will come to an end, and that we will soon see a completed Dakota Access Pipeline.