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Protesters of the Dakota Access pipeline encampment sits Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, on private property near Cannon Ball, N.D., owned by the pipeline developer, Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners. Both the local sheriff and Energy Transfer Partners have said the protesters are trespassing and must leave. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

An anti-Dakota Access Pipeline protester asked for $5,000. But received $1 million.



Ho Waste Wakiya Wicasa initially set up a GoFundMe account, hoping to raise $5,000 to help those camping in North Dakota to protest the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline that will span four states. 

That goal was certainly met, and exceed. The fund has since reached a staggering $1 million. 

This fund is among several others which have gained $3 million worth of support to help with legal costs, food and other supplies for those protesting the pipeline. 

"It still feels unreal sometimes because it is such an astronomical figure to me," said Wicasa, who set up the fund to help with expenses associated with operating the camp, which was established in April. 

"The money goes as quickly as it comes, but without it having been as much as it is, we certainly wouldn't have been able to be as productive as we have been in the fight," he said.

Opponents of the pipeline have been camping near the Missouri and Cannonball rivers for months, protesting the nearly 1,200-mile pipeline. 

Wicasa added that running a camp hasn't been cheap. As of Friday night, the account Wicasa set up only had about $100,000 left. 

The money has been used for everything from grocery store trips to bail money. 

Tribal chairman Dave Archambault said much of the money has gone to the legal fight against the Texas-based company building the pipeline.

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have previously said they fear the project will negatively impact their drinking water and disrupt cultural artifacts.

The tribe is currently fighting the company responsible for the pipeline in federal court over the project's permitting process.

Since the protests began, more than 400 people have been arrested.

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