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The Cowboy & Indian Alliance celebrates after harvesting sacred Ponca corn planted on ancestral tribal homeland in Nebraska that crosses both the Ponca Trail of Tears, and the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline. (Photo: Mark Hefflinger)

The Associated Press reports that former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said she opposes construction of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would run through Nebraska’s fragile Sandhills and over the precious Ogallala aquifer.

“Clinton says the project has been a distraction and she doesn’t believe it’s in the best interests of ‘what we need to do to combat climate change,’ ” AP reported.

Statement from Bold Nebraska director Jane Kleeb:

“Sec. Clinton stood with farmers and ranchers over foreign oil by opposing Keystone XL today. All front runners in the Democratic Party see the lies Big Oil tried to tell in order to shove this export pipeline down our throats. Now all that is left is for Pres. Obama to reject the permit so landowners and Tribal Nations can get on to producing food with clean water.

Sec. Clinton also just showed the Republicans she is against eminent domain for private gain. The Republicans must answer to their conservative base on why they continue to choose a foreign export pipeline over their property rights.”