Duluth, Minn. -

Protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline took their voices to U.S. Bank Thursday, which is something that also happened at Wells Fargo in Minneapolis.

The protesters are demanding big banks to stop funding companies they say are helping build the pipeline.

"We’re asking customers of U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo to remove their money from these banks and to put their money in credit unions not associated with human rights abuses."

Wells Fargo in Minneapolis delivered a letter to protesters saying they value human rights and the native community and are willing to meet with tribal leaders about the bank's investment in the Dakota access pipeline.

The following text below is the letter from Wells Fargo:

December 1, 2016

We appreciate the dialogue with you this morning.
As I shared, we deeply value our relationships with tribal communities and consider these relationships a point of pride for our company. We have been supporting Native American tribes across the country for more than 50-years, and are committed to continuing to nurture these relationships long into the future.

As a follow up to our previous discussions with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, we would be pleased to meet with a select group of tribal elders to discuss their concerns related to Wells Fargo’s investment in the Dakota Access Pipeline prior to January 1, 2017.

We look forward to speaking with you or other tribal representatives in the coming days to agree on location, attendees, and agenda for this important engagement.

As a company committed to environmental sustainability and human rights, we respect all the differing opinions being expressed in this dispute.

Please let us now who should be the point of contact on your side. Mary Wenzel, head of Environmental Affairs, will be your point of contact at Wells Fargo. You can reach Mary at mary.s.wenzel@wellsfargo.com or 303.681.5737.


Sincerely yours,

Jon R. Campbell
Head of Government and Community Relations
Wells Fargo & Company