COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Dozens of young activists stopped in Columbus, Monday, on their way to the nation’s capital.

The 39 members of the Oceti Sakowin Nation are running 2,000 miles from their reservation in North Dakota to protest the building of an oil pipeline that will cross sacred tribal lands.

“The run is really not all about the oil. It’s not all about the pipeline. It’s about regaining our identity as a people. It’s about our culture; it’s about our land; it’s about our water,” said Jasilyn Charger, the run organizer.

The group says they want President Obama’s help to shut down the pipeline.

They’re also promoting green energy and youth activism on their trek.

The Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio hosted Monday’s event.