The now-notorious group of protesters who fought against the Dakota Access pipeline are headed to Flint, Michigan, next, according to reports.
"We don't know when we are going to be there, but we will be heading to Flint," U.S. Army veteran Wes Clark Jr., who helped to organize protesting veterans in North Dakota, told MLive.
"This problem is all over the country. It's got to be more than veterans. People have been treated wrong in this country for a long time," he added.
Flint is wracked with controversy and crisis due to the longtime contamination of its water after the city changed its water source. Thousands of children have been contaminated with lead in the water, leading to a serious public health crisis.
Flint resident Arthur Woodson told MLive that he traveled to North Dakota earlier this month to demonstrate with his fellow veterans. While there, he said he discussed the Flint water crisis with fellow veterans, Native Americans and community activists.
Activist Jay Ponti blamed a lack of enthusiasm and momentum surrounding the Flint water crisis on election coverage, telling MLive:
The flow of information is very low because the media has been concerned with covering ... the presidential election. It's a great disservice. You cannot have a healthy democracy if the citizens are not informed. When there is no information ... the citizens cannot make decisions. ... Our people are suffering. They are suffering in Standing Rock. They are suffering in Flint. They are suffering in Louisiana.
But Woodson credited veteran involvement for the success behind the Dakota pipeline protests.
"I feel that by the veterans coming out and leading up to it all the media attention," Woodson told MLive. "All the media attention that was there brought more attention to Standing Rock. The government had a change of heart."
Woodson, 49, told the Associated Press that he drove 17 hours straight from Flint to get to North Dakota.
"We know in Flint that water is in dire need," the disabled veteran said. "In North Dakota, they're trying to force pipes on people. We're trying to get pipes in Flint for safe water."
Standing Rock protesters celebrated a major victory Sunday after the Army Corps of Engineers declined to grant the company behind the oil pipeline permission to extend it.
Protesters also planned to violate a Monday deadline to leave the federal land in North Dakota where they have been camped. Authorities have said they do not plan to forcibly remove the demonstrators.