|Items in red boxes indicate violence or breaking the law. Varying reds indicate an escalation level. You will start to see this appear further down the timeline. Green indicates a positive move against violence. The early part of the timeline shows that Standing Rock did, indeed, have much opportunity to participate, and sometimes did while other times choosing to ignore the opportunity. Blue indicates sketchy use of donated funds.||http://nodaplprotest.com||If you want a more conversational version of much of this, read Scott Gates' long article: https://www.facebook.com/notes/scott-gates/on-the-standing-rock-tribes-dakota-pipeline-protest-/10154529600627457. Additional sources worth reading include: https://theprairieblog.areavoices.com/2016/11/30/our-water-is-our-single-last-property/ , http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/10/you_need_oil_to_protest_oil.html , https://fee.org/articles/are-dapl-protesters-defending-or-attacking-property-rights/ , https://youtu.be/J8hUUo4hzew , https://www.facebook.com/notes/jeanna-knoll/nodapl-protesters-are-polluting-our-water-and-destroying-our-environment/1324659750887561, or a simple timeline here http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2017/01/25/timeline-dakota-access-oil-pipeline.html. The state of ND created a website for emergencies, and it includes many links, videos, and a timeline as well: http://ndresponse.gov/ The Bismarck Tribune has also created a good timeline using their comprehensive news coverage: http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/dakota-access-pipeline/collection_3ece8508-fce0-5f0f-a2b3-7092134bee07.html (6212016)|
|6/4/1982||Northern Border Pipeline, carrying natural gas, built through the exact area currently under protest in North Dakota.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/dakota-access-pipeline-follows-existing-gas-line-protest-area/||Standing Rock did not protest this pipeline at the time, despite it going through the same ground the Dakota Access Pipeline is attempting. http://www.upi.com/Archives/1981/09/03/Northern-Border-Pipeline-Co-announced-Thursday-that-mainline-construction/6243368337600/ The laws regarding tribe involvement in these types of projects changed in 1992 (http://www.achp.gov/regs-tribes.html) The current DAPL pipeline has an agreement with Northern Border to share the easement to cross the river at the same spot.|
|11/10/2008||Map released of all hazardous pipelines in the US, showing thousands of pipelines crossing rivers, including the Missouri River currently under protest.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/almost-get-idea-weve-never-built-pipeline-across-river/|
|2/1/2011||Standing Rock passes motion to prohibit fracking.||http://www.wrongkindofgreen.org/tag/fort-berthold-indian-reservation/||The Bakken oil field isn't as prevalent near SRT. The Three Affiliated Tribes of Forth Berthold have an active oil production industry, as they are located in the heart of the Bakken. They signed agreements with Dakota Access. http://www.oilshalegas.com/bakkenshale.html|
|6/1/2011||The Army Corps opens the spillway on the Garrison Dam due to heavy spring melt in the Rockies, sending water surging down the Missouri River and creating months long flooding for some communities downstream. This included Bismarck/Mandan, who saw entire homes washed away and massive flooding and displacement of residents as the flood lasted several months.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/history-and-heartbreak-a-sad-day-at-garrison-dam-as/article_9d90644e-8c97-11e0-aa6f-001cc4c03286.html||This has nothing to do with the pipeline, but many online commenters are saying that the northern route for the pipeline, which would have been north of Bismarck, was moved because the Army Corps doesn't want to hurt the "white people" of Bismarck/Mandan. The current Army Corps probably doesn't have a goal to hurt any people, but there is a precedent where they have made decisions where, indeed, those decisions hurt the "white people" of Bismarck/Mandan. It's worth noting that there is a high number of Native Americans who live in Bismarck as well, and that where the DAPL pipeline crosses the Missouri upstream from both Williston (and therefore, Bismarck) was not protested at all. The pipeline crosses about 17 miles from Williston's water intake. Standing Rock's new water intake (been int he works since 2002) at Mobridge, SD will be 70 miles from where the pipeline protest is occuring. (Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-north-dakota-pipeline-water-idUSKBN13H27D) So, if it's an issue of safer water for white people, this information would apply. It's also worth noting that USACE decisions in the past have also hurt Native Americans (e.g. Pick-Sloan: https://www.facebook.com/tom.isern/posts/10101186445196449).|
|10/1/2011||David Archambault, current Standing Rock Tribal Chairman, purchases the Cannon Ball Pit Stop gas station.||https://votedavearchambault.wordpress.com/2013/07/31/tokahe/#more-122||As road blockades are enacted during 2016 DAPL protest, both by protesters and law enforcement, Archambault's gas station is the best option for gas for the buses, cars, and other transportation bringing protesters to and from the oil protest site. Gas stations on Standing Rock, including the casino, see a spike in fuel sales as the protests begin. (https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/anti-oil-nodapl-protest-great-gasoline-sales/) Archambault addresses his ownership here: http://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/tribal-chairman-discusses-owning-a-gas-station-while-fighting-a-pipeline/619199338|
|5/1/2014||Two routes are considered for the second pipeline crossing of the Missouri River: north of Bismarck, or south by Oahe. Corps evaluated the northern crossing as more sensitive to the environment and as affecting more wetlands. The pipeline DOES cross upstream of both Williston (about 15 miles from their water intake) and Bismarck, futher west by Watford City and Newtown area. There were no protests for those "white" cities.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/pipeline-route-plan-first-called-for-crossing-north-of-bismarck/article_64d053e4-8a1a-5198-a1dd-498d386c933c.html||"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers evaluated the Bismarck route and concluded it was not a viable option for many reasons. One reason mentioned in the agency’s environmental assessment is the proximity to wellhead source water protection areas that are avoided to protect municipal water supply wells. In addition, the Bismarck route would have been 11 miles longer with more road crossings and waterbody and wetland crossings. It also would have been difficult to stay 500 or more feet away from homes, as required by the North Dakota Public Service Commission, the corps states. The Bismarck route also would have crossed an area considered by federal pipeline regulators as a “high consequence area,” which is an area determined to have the most significant adverse consequences in the event of a pipeline spill." To view the data on why the north route was considered more ecologically sensitive: https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/obama-dakota-access-going-let-play-im-not-president/ NOTE: the pipeline does cross the Missouri north/upstream of Bismarck, up by the Little Missouri west of Watford City. That is already in place. The plan has always called for two crossings, and the first was completed without protest a while ago. IT IS NOT TRUE THAT WHITE RESIDENTS DEMANDED THE PIPELINE BE MOVED: http://www.snopes.com/dapl-routed-through-standing-rock-after-bismarck-residents-said-no/|
|6/19/2014||SD tribes banned from meeting with President Obama. They wanted to "ask President Obama to publicly denounce the Keystone XL pipeline, continue to step up efforts to address suicide and language loss on reservations, and “most importantly” hear tribal perspectives about the Black Hills land claim." SRT Chairman Archambault informed the SD tribes they would not be allowed to participate in the meetings.||http://www.indianz.com/News/2014/014106.asp|
|7/29/2014||Dakota Access meets with Iowa Utilities Board||https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakken_pipeline|
|9/17/2014||Army Corps tries to set up meeting with Standing Rock Historic Officer without success.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||Corps Tribal Liason Officer Joel Ames tries five times to setup a meeting with the tribal historic officer, but without any succes.|
|9/30/2014||Dakota Access meets with Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||Pipeline project is presented as a community outreach effort. Dakota Access also meets with the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Waste' Win Young several times in the next months.|
|9/30/2014||Standing Rock Tribe expresses they do not want the pipeline routed as it is during a meeting.||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XARJFdyyfac||https://www.facebook.com/scott.gates.750/posts/10154642366632457 regarding this: "This Sept 2014 meeting, which so many want to claim has ANY relevance, actually only goes to show the DUPLICITY and untruthfulness of the tribes claims. It shows the tribe DEMANDED a full Section 106 NHPA review in that meeting. The Army Corp did EXACTLY what the tribe demanded - and the tribe failed and refused to participate and respond. This recording clearly CONFIRMS the BAD FAITH on falsehoods on the part of the tribe in; (a.) demanding a Section 106 NHPA review, then (b.) failing/refusing to participate in it ... and then (c.) making the untruthful claim to the Court they had not been properly consulted. Those outright untruthful claims to the Court are exactly why the Court ruled the Army Corp HAD properly completed the Section 106 NHPA review the Standing Rock tribe demanded, and HAD fully complied with the Section 106 NHPA requirements, and DISMISSED the tribes claims." ADDITIONAL READING: This is a good take (https://theprairieblog.areavoices.com/2016/11/30/our-water-is-our-single-last-property/), and there is also this: https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/doesnt-matter-standing-rock-voiced-opposition-dapl-one-time-2014/|
|10/2/2014||Corps personnel tried to hold an arranged meeting with Dakota Access and Tribal Council on the Standing Rock Reservation.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||Tribal Chairman David Archambault told them the meeting had started earlier than planned and had already ended. Ames continued to try to schedule another meeting with the Historic Officer for the rest of October, but without luck.|
|10/24/2014||Corps sends out a letter to tribes, including Standing Rock, with information about the construction and maps of sites.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||The maps documented the known sites that the Corps had identified, including sites outside of the effected area. The Corps heard back from other tribes and the SHPO, but not Standing Rock. They provided an extra three weeks to respond.|
|10/29/2014||Dakota Access submits project to Iowa Utilities Board||https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakken_pipeline|
|11/6/2014||New meeting with Tribal Council on Standing Rock Reservation, but DAPL removed from agenda because Standing Rock Historic Officer did not attend.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf|
|11/13/2014||Dakota Access sends centerline files from their cultural survey to Standing Rock Tribe Historic Officer, but they hear no response back.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf|
|12/1/2014||Informational meetings begin in Iowa||https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakken_pipeline|
|12/17/2014||Dakota Access submits application for pipeline project to the ND PSC, describing project and route in detail.||http://www.psc.nd.gov/database/documents/14-0842/001-030.pdf||Page 20 of the application shows the two routes considered, including the longer route north of Bismarck. Included in the application are 13 pages of environmental studies of wetlands and various animal species, three pages listing the state and federal groups they consulted with (US Fish and Wildlife, USACE, Dept. of Interior, US Park Service, US Dept. of Ag., etc.), six pages on avoidance and exclusion areas, 13 pages on impact areas. Includes details on UDP (Unanticipated Discovery Plan) to use if previously unrecorded cultural sites are discovered. The contact listed on the UDP for an archaeological discovery does not include Standing Rock, but does include Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (http://oilpatchdispatch.areavoices.com/2016/11/01/dakota-access-delayed-telling-regulators-about-artifacts-found-in-pipeline-route/)|
|12/18/2014||Corps makes determination of "No Historic Properties Affected" and gives the go ahead for soil bore testing, mailing this out in a letter to all tribes affected, and SHPO.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf|
|12/19/2014||Corps emails Standing Rock Tribe Historic Officer requesting January meetings with the tribe to discuss Dakota Access.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||There was no respons from the Standing Rock Tribe Historic Officer.|
|12/22/2014||Application for Dakota Access pipeline is received by ND PSC.||http://www.psc.nd.gov/public/consinfo/docs/SitingApplicationsOctober2015.pdf||The PSC did not evaluate the north-of-Bismarck route because Dakota Access had selected the current Missouri River crossing when it submitted its application in December 2014 (http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/pipeline-route-plan-first-called-for-crossing-north-of-bismarck/article_64d053e4-8a1a-5198-a1dd-498d386c933c.html)|
|12/29/2014||Dakota Access works to secure additional authorizations to continue pipeline construction.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||These applications contained water/wetland information, and cultural surveys. They also requested jurisdictional determination from the Corps for the proposed work.|
|2/5/2015||Corps informs Dakota Access they need more information than provided in their December 29, 2014 application.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf|
|2/12/2015||Corps emails SRT Historic Officer to get comments.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||There was no respons from the Standing Rock Tribe Historic Officer regarding this, but she soon after contacted Ames at the Corps to let him know meetings weren't necessary because she was working directly with Dakota Access.|
|2/17/2015||Corps sends a letter to SRT Historic Officer regarding 55 PCN requests their office had for the pipeline.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||The letter explained most of the work would occur upland, in areas that weren't under the Corps control, though there were crossings of rivers (Missouri, James, Big Sioux, Des Moines, Mississippi, and Illinois) they'd have to permit. The letter noted Dakota Access was doing cultural surveys along the whole route. The Corps asked the Tribe if they had any concerns about such cultural issues, and if they wanted to consult on the project. The Corps asked for an answer by March 30, 2015. They also included Dakota Access proposal information as well as contact information for various Corps personnel.|
|2/18/2015||Corps grants limited exploratory soil bore testing to Dakota Access.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf|
|2/25/2015||SRT Historic Officer sends a letter to Corps Regulatory Branch Chief, Martha Chieply.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||This letter is similar in content to what she sends to the Corps on March 2, 2015.|
|3/2/2015||SRT Historic Officer contacts Corps with concerns over locations of soil bore testing.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||This letter was dated the same day that the Corps had given the OK to start the work. The Tribal Historic Officer mentions the North Cannonball Village site, which is a half mile from the closest "area of potential affect" boundary. The letter also requests the tribe be involved in additional surveys, and in future testing and construction of the pipeline. This letter does not mention earlier Corps letters or invitations to get involved.|
|3/25/2015||Dakota Access provides a complete application to the Corps.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf|
|3/25/2015||Dakota Access application to the ND PSC deemed complete.||http://www.psc.nd.gov/public/consinfo/docs/SitingApplicationsOctober2015.pdf||You can find many documents from the PSC publicly available at http://www.psc.nd.gov/|
|3/30/2015||Corps sends letter regarding the environmental assessment to Standing Rock and other involved parties.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||This letter describes two possible crossing of Lake Sakakawea, and the Lake Oahe crossing (which would later be the target of protests). The Corps asked the tribe for comments.|
|3/30/2015||Corps (Ames) and SRT Historic Officer (Young) exchange emails.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||No record of these emails are available to provide information on what they contained.|
|4/8/2015||SRT Historic Officer responds to Corps (Ames), noting she had received the February 17 letter regarding the 55 PCNs.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||The bulk of the SRT Historic Officer letter, however, was focused on the lack of Corps response to her concerns about the soil bore testing. She wanted the Corps to clarify the "proper sequence of Section 106 National Historic Preservation Act process" (http://www.achp.gov/106summary.html) before continuing with the environmental assessment. She also claimed she hadn't been contacted by the Corps (Ames) and that the bore testing had been done on private land to avoid federal involvement. She ended by saying the Tribe opposed any pipeline drilling through their ancestral lands. She noted the tribe looked forward to full involvement in the tribal consultation process once it commenced.|
|4/8/2015||Corps talks on phone with SRT archaelogist Kelly Morgan to discuss additional pipeline realignments.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||The Corps (Ames) attempted to speak with SRT Historic Officer (Young) over the summer, but she informed him she was on extended leave until July 27, 2015. Ames was unable to determine if anyone was able to do her work in her absence.|
|5/14/2015||Iowa man says pipeline land agent offered him a prostitute for right-of-way land access.||http://bismarcktribune.com/bakken/man-alleges-company-offered-prostitute-for-pipeline-right-of-way/article_3a0ccfeb-4388-53ec-915c-b88491eba789.html|
|5/20/2015||ND PSC announces public hearings for the proposed Dakota Access pipeline.||http://www.psc.nd.gov/public/newsroom/2015/5-28-15DakotaAccessPipelineHearings.pdf||The meetings will be held in Mandan, Killdeer, and Williston. Detailed dates, times, and locations were provided. A map of the propsed route was provided.|
|5/21/2015||Public hearings for the Dakota Access pipeline project set.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/public-hearing-on-dakota-access-pipeline-set/article_38d43fba-d108-5bf2-a61b-6651cdd9802e.html|
|5/21/2015||Iowa investigates claims that a prostitute was offered in return for a landowner to sign an easement for the pipeline.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/iowa-investigators-looking-into-prostitutes-for-pipeline-claim/article_659ad95c-df68-54ff-b762-9e49384957a6.html|
|5/24/2015||Landowners affected by pipeline route form a group to create an easement that protects their interests.||http://bismarcktribune.com/bakken/landowners-wary-of-huge-pipeline-project/article_4089f349-158d-51e5-bafa-2fd0adc6ebd1.html||"About 60 individuals who own 40 tracts of land along the pipeline route have formed a landowner group to negotiate with the company, particularly on issues related to land reclamation.
“We’re not against the line,” said attorney Matt Kelly, one of the lawyers representing the group. “Our big thing is we want to write the best easement that’s ever been written in North Dakota to protect the landowner.”"
|5/28/2015||Public meeting regarding the pipeline held at Baymont Inn in Mandan. 80 people attend.||http://bismarcktribune.com/bakken/company-landowners-testify-on-pipeline-proposal/article_348dc9a0-15ea-5610-8a62-49cacd0fbd47.html||Primary focus was Mercer, Morton, and Emmons counties (http://www.psc.nd.gov/public/newsroom/2015/5-28-15DakotaAccessPipelineHearings.pdf)|
|5/28/2015||Landowners meet with pipeline officials to voice concerns and discuss the project.||http://bismarcktribune.com/bakken/company-landowners-testify-on-pipeline-proposal/article_348dc9a0-15ea-5610-8a62-49cacd0fbd47.html|
|5/30/2015||Landowners caught in the middle of lawsuits with liens placed on their properties. (This is not directly related to DAPL)||http://bismarcktribune.com/bakken/landowners-face-new-pipeline-twist/article_da41d90a-ff09-5c06-8404-82daf556309f.html||"Great Northern released Mountain Peak during construction and the two parties have filed suit and countersuit in court, says Darren Snow, Great Northern’s vice president of operations.|
The lien, in this case, was filed by a subcontractor, DRM Inc., a directional driller, hired by Mountain Peak.
Snow says DRM Inc. is not the only one and other subcontractors have placed liens on various parcels along the pipeline route. They’re doing so to protect their financial rights while Great Northern and Mountain Peak are in court, Snow said. Great Northern is trying get the landowners out of the middle, Snow said.
“We have asked our legal counsel to explain to us how we can get those liens removed. We don’t know if it will be to pay the subcontractor or post a bond or something else,” Snow said. “It’s very unfortunate that the landowners got drug into this. We don’t feel they should be in this.” DRM Inc.’s attorney, Quinn Fylling, of the Bismarck Pearce & Durick law firm, did not return a phone call or respond to an email message by Friday for this story. Fylling sent the notice to 17 landowners that read “… DRM Inc. intends to file a construction lien on real property titled in your name” within 10 days."
|6/5/2015||Dakota Access pipeline is granted survey access for their project in North Dakota.||http://bismarcktribune.com/bakken/dakota-access-pipeline-gains-survey-access-across-n-d/article_04cb2f02-8535-57a5-bc4e-0314c7e1ee77.html||"Most North Dakota landowners who were sued for survey access by Dakota Access Pipeline reached agreements with the company and had their cases dismissed this week.
One landowner did take the matter to court, but a judge ruled in the company’s favor.
Energy Transfer Partners proposes to build the 1,134-mile pipeline from Stanley to Patoka, Ill. to transport 450,000 barrels of Bakken crude a day.
Dakota Access LLC filed civil lawsuits against several landowners in Williams, McKenzie, Mountrail, Dunn and Morton counties to gain survey access.
Although most landowners granted the survey access, being served a court summons prompted some to join a landowner group that is working with attorneys to negotiate with the company.
“They’d been sued and they wanted to join up with a larger group for more negotiating leverage,” said Montana attorney Matt Kelly, who is representing 64 landowners with Bismarck attorney Derrick Braaten."
|6/15/2015||Public meetings regarding the pipeline held in Killdeer.||http://bismarcktribune.com/bakken/company-landowners-testify-on-pipeline-proposal/article_348dc9a0-15ea-5610-8a62-49cacd0fbd47.html||Primary focus was McKenzie, Dunn, and Mercer counties (http://www.psc.nd.gov/public/newsroom/2015/5-28-15DakotaAccessPipelineHearings.pdf)|
|6/15/2015||Killdeer public meeting regarding the pipeline reveal that landowners are leery of the project over property concerns.||http://bismarcktribune.com/bakken/landowners-leery-of-dakota-access-pipeline/article_a5de5ba1-2828-5b86-8c4f-115b00801717.html||"On the ground, though, Dan Neurohr, of rural Dodge, said he isn’t being offered enough money for the more than 1 mile of easement the company wants across his land. He’s among those who hired Bismarck attorney Derrick Braaten to represent him. Neurohr said reclamation of his native grass is the first priority, followed closely by responsibility. “I want someone when I get on the phone and call, they can’t pass the buck,” he said. “I’m not against it, I just want it done right.”|
Another Dunn County landowner, Robert Ferebee, said he wants Dakota Access to follow some other pipeline route already in existence in Dunn County. He said landowners don’t just have pipeline fatigue. “We have everything fatigue. Will I sign the easement? Eventually, I’ll have no choice," he said."
|6/25/2015||Laborers International Union of America says it supports the pipeline project.||http://bismarcktribune.com/bakken/laborers-union-showing-support-for-pipeline/article_1aba1792-41ba-5484-accc-8fa29a4f37c7.html|
|6/26/2015||Public meetings regarding the pipeline held in Williston.||Primary focus was Mountrail, Williams, and McKenzie counties (http://www.psc.nd.gov/public/newsroom/2015/5-28-15DakotaAccessPipelineHearings.pdf)|
|7/22/2015||Corps Operations Manager Eric Stasch sends letter to Standing Rock describing the planned use of HDD for the Lake Oahe crossing.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||Stasch explained the Corps would consider the work a federal undertaking despite it taking place on private land. He noted Dakota Access' cultural surveys had identified an additional site in the proposed prep and staging area. He asked for a response in 30 days if the Tribe wanted to consult on the Oahe crossing.|
|8/19/2015||SRT Chairman Archambault sends letter to Colonel Cross, the Corps Commander and District Engineer for the Omaha District.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||Archambault said he was frustrated that he hadn't been contacted about DAPL earlier. He invited Cross to Standing Rock to talk about it.|
|8/19/2015||Corps (Ames) emails Archambault's assistant attempting to schedule a meeting, but without success.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf|
|8/21/2015||SRT Historic Officer (Young) sends letter to Corps (Stasch) regarding the Corps offer to the tribe in consulting on the Oahe crossing.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||SRT Historic Officer (Young) again reiterates her stance regarding the soil bore testing, Section 106 NHPA, and her frustration that the Corps didn't respond to those specific issues. She also expressed frustration at being excluded from the Dakota Access surveys. She noted the Tribe wanted to be consulted prior to any work being completed, and to play a primary work in all survey work and monitoring.|
|8/27/2015||Corps staff archaeologist starts planning on site visit for Corps, Tribe, and ND SHPO to Lake Oahe.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf|
|9/3/2015||Corps District Commander, Colonel Henderson, responds to Tribal Chariman Archambault||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||Acknowledges receipts of Tribe's letters, as well as provides information on the requested PCN locations.|
|9/15/2015||ND landowner threatened with legal action and eminent domain for pipeline project access.||http://bismarcktribune.com/company-advises-landowner-of-court-action-for-dakota-access-pipeline/article_d3276200-9588-57b7-a515-64ec2e997c90.html|
|9/16/2015||Corps (Stasch) sends letter to Tribe acknowledging willingness to work with Tribe and address concerns during upcoming visit to Lake Oahe.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf|
|9/16/2015||Corps (Harnois) emails SRT archaelogist, inviting to participate in Lake Oahe visit.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||The two began emailing back and forth about logistics and dates.|
|9/17/2015||SRT archaeologist emails Corps (Harnois) to back out of Lake Oahe visit.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||She explained that the Tribe Historic Office decided it wasn't in their best interest to participate in the on site visits of Oahe and the corridor "at this time until government-to-government consultation has occurred for this project per Section 106 requirements as requested by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe." The Corps did have the onsite meeting with the ND SHPO.|
|9/28/2015||SR Historic Officer (Young) sends letter to Corps (Henderson) noting her concern about the lack of consultation prior to start of archaeological surveys.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||Young again reiterates that the Tribe didn't receive correspondence before the soil bore testing. She complained of the exclusion of tribal participation up to this point. She said that she believed the entire length of the DAPL was under various federal considerations, and that the Corps was trying to avoid "federalization."|
|9/29/2015||Corps (Ames) calls SRT Chairman Archambault to set up a meeting between the Corps and the Tribe's Vice Chair for Oct. 28.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf|
|10/26/2015||Standing Rock Tribe cancels the Corps meeting, saying no one could attend.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||The Tribe also cancels, on the same day, a future meeting with Colonel Henderson, promising to meet with him in a "few months." The Corps documented ten different attempts to contact the Tribe to talk about the pipeline over the month of October. In November, the Corps twice invites the Tribe to attend a general tribal meeting in Sioux Falls, SD. The invitation contained links to Dakota Access cultural surveys.|
|11/12/2015||Iowa Utility Board hears testimony, with 275 people opposing the pipeline.||http://iowapublicradio.org/post/public-voices-support-and-oppose-bakken-pipeline-across-iowa#stream/0|
|11/30/2015||SD approves DAPL, but also calls out the company for abusive practices on obtaining easments via lawsuits.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/s-d-approves-major-pipeline-but-official-calls-company-abusive/article_d2e9215d-66f2-5f3d-8ef5-52a2bd90654b.html|
|12/2/2015||The Three Affiliated Tribes, situated in the heart of the Bakken, approve the Dakota Access pipeline with a 5-0 vote with two abstentions. They are paid an easement by Dakota Access.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/fort-laramie-treaty-actually-requires-standing-rock-accept-pipeline/||The minutes from that meeting have since been removed from the Three Affiliated Tribes website with all links from the December 2 meeting noticeably dead, but a screenshot of the minutes indicate that the ayes were: Chairman Mark Fox, Randy Phelan, L. Kenneth Hall, Fred Fox, and Cory Spotted Bear. The abstentions were: Mervin Packineau, Frank Grady.|
|12/8/2015||Five tribes attend general tribal meeting in Sioux Falls, SD. Standing Rock does not attend.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||Corps makes sure the tribes have copies of the cultural surveys. The group agrees to another meeting in January.|
|12/8/2015||Corps releases a draft of the environmental assessment of the pipeline project.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||The portion of the draft letter regarding Section 106 explains that consultations began in November 2014 which then closed in January 2015. It described the ongoing process, starting in July 2015, for the consultation of actual pipeline construction. The Corps acknowledged a a failure to secure onsite visits and government-to-government meetings. It also noted that SRT Historic Officer (Young) had said in October 2014 meeting with Dakota Access that the Lake Oahe HDD process seemed to avoid impacts to sites of known tribal significance. The Corps requests comments by January 8, 2016. http://cdm16021.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16021coll7/id/2426|
|12/17/2015||Illinois approves DAPL.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/illinois-becomes-second-state-to-approve-major-pipeline/article_87355b21-c771-524d-8115-4c7ef1ffa12a.html|
|1/1/2016||Dakota Access files condemnation lawsuits to gain access to land in ND.||http://bismarcktribune.com/bakken/dakota-access-pipeline-files-condemnation-lawsuits/article_e4473aea-3b7b-534c-9110-7555ae86b6e6.html||"Dakota Access LLC pipeline has filed 23 condemnation suits against 140 individuals, banks and a coal mine to gain easements through North Dakota.
Most of the suits were filed in December against landowners in Williams, Mountrail, McKenzie, Dunn, Mercer and Morton counties, mostly counties where people are feeling pipeline fatigue from numerous oil and gas pipeline projects. No suits were filed in Emmons County, which is far from the oil patch and where the pipeline would exit into South Dakota. Bismarck attorney Derrick Braaten said his firm represents about one-third of the individuals who are still holding out for better terms before they’ll sign, equivalent to about 10 percent of the pipeline’s 358 miles through the state.
Braaten said besides fair compensation, landowners want best-possible reclamation standards, including correct soil stripping, suitable revegetation and noxious weed control.
“Reclamation is the main issue for landowners,” Braaten said, adding that he believes an agreement is at hand and actual trials won’t be necessary."
|1/8/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault responds to Corps.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||Archambault says the Corps failed to consult the Tribe on cultural sites. He referenced the soil bore testing issue. He said the draft EA misrepresented the October 2014 position of the Tribe, because of a false impression provided by Dakota Access. He also said the 400-ft corridor Dakota Access surveyed was too narrow.|
|1/20/2016||ND Public Service Commission issues permit for pipeline.||http://bismarcktribune.com/bakken/psc-issues-permit-for-dakota-access-pipeline/article_1019aaf0-f52f-50e3-9ea9-2087adf5daed.html|
|1/22/2016||Corps (Harnois) meets with SRT Chairman Archambault at Standing Rock.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf|
|1/25/2016||Meeting held with tribes who attended general meeting in Sioux Falls. Standing Rock does attend.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||Corps reviews cultural surveys and routes to consider if other DAPL crossings would affect historic areas.|
|1/25/2016||SRT archaeologist sends letter to Corps saying the Tribe was still interested in involvement in formal consultation in the pipeline project.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||She raised again that the Corps hadn't responded to their concerns regarding the soil bore testing. She said that testing should not go ahead, despite having acknowledged earlier Corps correspondance months earlier in which it was clear the soil bore testing was completed. She said the Tribe wanted a primary role in surveying and monitoring, and that the Tribe would refuse to participate in tribal meetings until Colonel Henderson came to Standing Rock to meet with them first. Corps responds by attempting to set up meetings, but calls were not returned. SRT Historic Officer Young leaves her job on Standing Rock.|
|1/31/2016||Dakota Access deadline to file briefs in court.||https://www.facebook.com/DigitalSmokeSignals/videos/10155533234664746/||After Dakota Access files their briefs, SRT has ten days afterwards to file their replies.|
|2/18/2016||Corps (Henderson) officiates at tribal summit. Standing Rock participates.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf|
|2/26/2016||Corps (Henderson) meets with Standing Rock Tribe.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||Corps committs to imposing additional conditions on DAPL, including double-walled piping.|
|2/26/2016||Youth and tribal members protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.||http://bismarcktribune.com/bakken/tribal-members-protest-dakota-access-pipeline/article_7c26cc47-9e1e-554e-863c-5770f25566ef.html||"A grassroots group of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members protested the Dakota Access Pipeline in front of the tribal administration office Friday. Organizer Dustin Thompson said the group is opposed to the pipeline and feels administration has been close-lipped about the project, not taking into account the concerns of tribal members. Joye Braun, of Eagle Butte and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, made the trip to Fort Yates with her daughter and members of the One Mind Youth Movement youth group. She said a group of tribal members from Cannon Ball was also expected to join the protest. Braun was active in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline project proposed by TransCanada Corp. and is joining the fight against Dakota Access. “I have been fighting from where it starts near the Fort Berthold Reservation,” she said, and she has been meeting with landowners all along the route. [...] “I think the people on Standing Rock are just now learning what is going to happen,” said Braun, adding the tribe did speak against the project in South Dakota."|
|3/3/2016||Corps staff meets with Tribe at Corps headquarters.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||Morgan expresses concern about cultural sites at James River crossing. Corps verifies sites based on that information, and informs Dakota Access to move pipeline to avoid them. Dakota Access complies.|
|3/8/2016||The tribe identifies areas of cultural significance in a meeting with the Corps.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||"Several of the sites they identified were in areas that the Corps had determined were well outside the area of potential impact for the project, such as a cemetery approximately 1.2 miles from the nearest bore pit and .6 miles from the HDD preparation and construction area. Id. The group also toured the Cannonball Village site. Id. At this site, Morgan and Eagle pointed out places in the mole dirt where “pottery shards, pieces of bone, flint and tools used for scraping hides and cutting” were visible. Eagle, in addition, pointed out a sacred stone in the area that is still used for prayer. During the visit, Corps staff acknowledged that they had been previously unaware of some of these cultural resources and committed to further study of them." The Corps later determines that the Cannonball village site was far enough from the construction work and that these areas would not be affected.|
|3/10/2016||State of Iowa Department of Commerce Utilities Board grants hazardous liquid pipeline permit to Dakota Access.||https://iub.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/files/board_activity/board-meetings/2016/Dakota-Access/20160408-order-accepting-compliance-filings-issuing-permit.pdf|
|3/10/2016||Iowa approves DAPL.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/dakota-access-pipeline/collection_3ece8508-fce0-5f0f-a2b3-7092134bee07.html|
|3/24/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault responds to Corps.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||Archambault says the Corps failed to consult the Tribe on cultural sites. Two other tribes indicated they thought they hadn't been fully consulted on the pipeline.|
|4/1/2016||Sacred Stone Camp (the first of the protest camps) is set up.|
|4/1/2016||SRST members hold a ceremonial ride in protest of the pipeline.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/spiritual-political-ride-protests-pipeline/article_e9038f1b-e6d4-5d77-9203-f9a3234af3e6.html||Absent is any discussion of treaty lands in the reasons for starting the ride.|
|4/5/2016||Standing Rock Tribe accepts two donations of $125,000 from green energy companies.||http://freebeacon.com/issues/green-energy-companies-gave-250000-anti-pipeline-tribe/||"On April 5, the Standing Rock Sioux’s tribal council unanimously voted to accept two $125,000 donations from ConEdison Development and Fagen Inc., a green energy design and construction company, according to council meeting minutes.|
ConEdison Development, an unregulated subsidiary of utility company Consolidated Edison, acquired and began construction on a wind power facility near the Standing Rock reservation last year. Fagenwas a contractor on the project.
ConEdison’s chief executive told a North Dakota news station in April that its donation to the tribe was meant as a show of appreciation for the Standing Rock’s cooperation in building the Campbell County Wind Farm.
However, the timing coincides with intense tribal opposition to the planned Dakota Access Pipeline. The donations from ConEdison and Fagen came a year after the construction of the Campbell County Wind project, but just four days after the tribe’s pipeline protests began."
|4/14/2016||Spirit Camp protest camp is two weeks old.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/spirit-camp-prayers-oppose-pipeline/article_595fcaca-7db5-5c8f-8aae-a3545e115026.html|
|4/15/2016||Linton community welcomes Dakota Access pipeline in a public meeting.||http://bismarcktribune.com/dakota-access-pipeline-reception-strong-in-linton/article_1c83338e-9a0a-5a90-be38-893b78ff3382.html||Protesters were allowed at this public meeting where town residents were positive about the business the construction would bring. A description of the safety of the pipeline was presented: "Chuck Frey, a vice president, said Dakota Access Pipeline, built by Energy Transfer, will be as spill proof as is possible to build and the 7,300-foot section where the pipeline will cross the river just north of the reservation across toward Linton will be thicker than other pipe, backed up by remote-operated shutoff valves on either side of the river and subject to intense pressure testing before it’s put into use.|
In addition, it will be directionally drilled at least 50 feet below the bed of the river and the entrance and exit bore holes will be well back from the river bank, Frey said.
“We can assure them (Standing Rock) we are in full compliance with all regulations,” Frey said."
|4/19/2016||A bald eagle that had been injured but nursed back to health is released at the Spirit Camp.||http://bismarcktribune.com/eagle-to-be-released-at-reservation-protest-camp/article_77b86b0d-1db1-572d-9316-3b5b11332578.html||"A bald eagle, found gravely ill from a gunshot wound to its wing last fall, will be set free at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Spirit Camp north of the Cannon Ball community on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
The Spirit Camp is in its third week of occupation in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a Bakken crude transport line, scheduled to cross near the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri rivers just north of the reservation boundary.
Both the Standing Rock Game and Fish Department and Dakota Zoo participated in the eagle’s recovery. Game and Fish director Jeff Kelly said the release at the camp is intended to raise awareness of the birds’ significance. He said his department is assisting an investigation into the recent discovery of six eagles, dead from ingesting poisoned pairie dogs." (NOTE: By late 2016-early 2017, it is revealed that a landowner had incorrectly used Rozol to kill prairie dogs.
|4/22/2016||The USACE determines no historical sites would be affected.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||Four days later, the NDHPO agrees. Standing Rock formally disagrees.|
|4/27/2016||NA youth participate in a 500-mile relay to protest the pipeline, from Cannon Ball to USACE in Omaha.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/spiritual-relay-protests-dakota-access-pipeline/article_90f22a4f-52b7-5f37-91b4-f4ba9df87704.html||"In solidarity with the ongoing fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline, young Plains Indians and other youthful supporters are participating in a 500-mile spiritual relay from Cannon Ball to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Omaha District office.
The “Run for Your Life: No DAPL” event left Cannon Ball Sunday and is expected to reach Omaha on Tuesday.
The runners will deliver a petition asking the corps to conduct a complete environmental impact statement before issuing a pipeline easement to cross near the confluence of the Cannonball and Missouri rivers just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation boundary."
|4/29/2016||Corps (Henderson) meets with Standing Rock Tribe.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||Archambault says Corps is righting Section 106 issues by their actions. He noted that onsite visits were productive.|
|5/3/2016||Iowa regulators say DAPL started construction too early, but do not fine them.||http://bismarcktribune.com/bakken/iowa-utilities-board-finds-dakota-access-committed-violations-it-considers/article_c55dc7c9-6377-59e6-ab15-4d10d48eb82a.html||"The Iowa Utilities Board determined the early construction occurred but was only on property where developer Dakota Access LLC had obtained voluntary easements; had permission of the landowners; and done work that consisted only of staking for the pipeline and clearing trees using hand tools.
“In this situation, the board determines that Dakota Access should not be assessed civil penalties,” the utilities board stated in the order. “However, Dakota Access is put on notice that any future violations of the board’s orders, especially the requirement for notice to county inspectors, may result in action by the board, including civil penalties.”"
|5/10/2016||Dakota Access has 95% of easements for the total pipeline, with 100% of easements in North Dakota.||https://mwalliancenow.org/blog/dakota-access-easements-95-percent/||All land traversed by the pipeline is private, except for Army Corps land. None of it crosses a Native American reservation.|
|5/14/2016||Corps (Henderson) meets with Standing Rock Tribe.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||(there's more -- I haven't finished going through the court document. I'd encourage you to read the court docs to get the rest of it. SRT did sign.)|
|5/21/2016||Two Iowa landowners sue DAPL over eminent domain concerns.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/iowa-landowners-sue-bakken-pipeline-developers/article_3b62d84e-a010-5de3-9b2b-744e722dbdb7.html|
|5/23/2016||The town of Linton welcomes more than 500 pipeline workers.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/home/headlines/Linton-NDs-Newest-Boom-Town-due-to-Dakota-Access-Pipeline-Construction-380587021.html||"But an Emmons County town of about 1,100 people has quickly taken in more than 500 workers to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Michels Corporation has set up shop one mile south of town. Pipeliners are flowing into the area to work on the Dakota Access Pipeline. The workers have almost double the population and local businesses are working hard to keep up with all their new customers.
"It's really wonderful, there just really nice to get to know and just really warm and welcoming people," says Tiffany Heer, Bayside Resort."
|5/23/2016||Possible archaeological site in Iowa halts construction.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/historic-iowa-site-may-be-in-path-of-bakken-pipeline/article_d74789bc-0982-5b69-9818-596f91346e8f.html||"The Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist has received a claim that a historically significant site falls along the proposed path of the Dakota Access pipeline.|
Iowa State Archaeologist John Doershuk said the call indicated that the site is in Lyon County, the state’s northwesternmost county and one of 18 the Bakken pipeline is slated to pass through. Details on location or what the site entails are vague, he said." http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/bakken-pipeline-permit-yanked-over-possible-sacred-burial-grounds/article_f6a14095-bf09-5694-9e70-1380a6122360.html
|5/24/2016||Construction begins on Dakota Access in ND.||http://www.wrongkindofgreen.org/tag/fort-berthold-indian-reservation/|
|6/1/2016||Sierra Club sues to stop DAPL in Iowa||http://bismarcktribune.com/bakken/sierra-club-sues-to-block-bakken-pipeline/article_73b57d02-9cbe-5778-bdbb-aa25d63daf66.html|
|6/6/2016||DAPL is cleared to continue with construction in Iowa||http://bismarcktribune.com/bakken-pipeline-cleared-to-start-construction/article_69aaada8-9a7a-5b96-98b0-9560845aa832.html|
|6/7/2016||DAPL disputes the findings of Iowa's state archaeologist regarding the possibility sacred site along route.||http://bismarcktribune.com/bakken/dakota-access-disputes-archaeologist-over-tribal-land/article_34672629-cdd5-5b4a-a0bf-e008052cd9e3.html|
|7/27/2016||Standing Rock files lawsuit against the US Army Corps of Engineers||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/3154%201%20Complaint.pdf|
|8/1/2016||Arson suspected in burning of heavy construction equipment at DAPL in Reasnor, Iowa.||http://www.keloland.com/news/article/news/arson-suspected-in-latest-dakota-access-pipeline-fire|
|8/1/2016||Federal Judge Daniel L. Hovland strikes down ND voter ID law, saying it is unfair to Native Americans. The case was brought up by Turtle Mountain Native Americans in northern North Dakota.||https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/federal-judge-blocks-n-dakotas-voter-id-law-calling-it-unfair-to-native-americans/2016/08/01/47a903e0-582c-11e6-9767-f6c947fd0cb8_story.html||"“Voter fraud in North Dakota has been virtually non-existent,” wrote Hovland. He said the state “produced no evidence suggesting the public’s confidence in the electoral process would be undermined by excusing those voters who cannot reasonably obtain an ID.” The state has growing concerns about the number of outsiders in the protest camps in regards to the upcoming election, and how that will be handled. North Dakota has bare residency requirements due to the oil boom and man camps, as well as being the only state without voter registration. It is very easy to vote in North Dakota with few checks to see if you are actually legally allowed to do so. People only need to sign an affidavit stating they are legally allowed to vote. No Morton County officials (including the sheriff) are up for re-election in November. (https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/activists-organizing-dakota-access-protesters-vote/)|
|8/3/2016||Vandalism and arson committed against pipeline equipment near Newton, Iowa.||http://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Pipeline-opponents-condemn-recent-vandalism-389043332.html|
|8/3/2016||Dakota Access submits final 136-page environmental assessment to the USACE.||https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3036302/DAPLSTLFINALEAandSIGNEDFONSI-3Aug2016.pdf|
|8/4/2016||Native American youth start a run to Washington DC to protest the pipeline.||https://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/08/04/native-youth-run-2000-miles-washington-dc-protest-dakota-access-pipeline-165377|
|8/5/2016||Pipeline contractor Kenny Crase says he has concerns about the pipeline that goes beneath Lake Sakawea (15 miles upstream from Williston, ND, south of Newtown). The contractor says fired individuals are disgruntled. The PSC is investigating.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/former-worker-says-lake-at-risk-of-oil-leak-pipeline/article_37636560-3d35-541c-a48c-51dfde7e5210.html||There was no protest at this pipeline crossing location. "Pipeline contractor Kenny Crase writes in a sworn statement filed with the PSC and federal regulators that he was ordered to skip a final coating inspection on a section of the Sacagawea Pipeline before another contractor installed the pipe under Lake Sakakawea in July. External coating protects the steel pipe from corrosion. “To me, it’s an accident waiting to happen,” Crase said in an interview with Forum News Service. Crase said he came forward with his concerns after being fired by contractor Boyd & Co. because he fears there are defects in the pipe coating that could cause oil to spill in the reservoir, which is the drinking water source for several western North Dakota cities. [...] Mike Boyd, owner and CEO of pipeline contractor Boyd & Co., disputes the claims. Boyd said there was a section of pipe that did not meet the standards, but those workers were fired and the coating work was redone “to perfection.” The work was also approved by inspectors working for Paradigm Energy Partners, which is part of Sacagawea Pipeline Co., Boyd said. “I have 100 percent confidence in the job that was done,” Boyd said. “It’s going under the lake, we have to do it right.” Boyd said the coating crew was fired for not meeting standards set by the contractor and Paradigm, and now they’re making false accusations. “We fired people over it,” Boyd said. “When we fired people over it, they got mad. All this amounts to is disgruntled employees that were terminated due to not working at the high standards that we expect.”|
|8/10/2016||Pipeline protests begin in earnest North Dakota, near Oahe crossing where Cannonball River joins the Missouri River.||Earth Justice was heavily responsible to get people riled up against the pipeline. Until they decided to use the tribe for their ends, no one had intended to protest (https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/trent69050/episodes/2016-10-04T08_36_23-07_00)|
|8/12/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault arrested at a protest.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/video-standing-rock-chairman-david-archambault-get-arrested/||In video, he is seen scuffling with law enforcement.|
|8/12/2016||Mother Jones magazine reports on the "quiet approval" of Dakota Access Pipeline.||http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/08/new-american-mega-pipeline-youve-never-heard-dakota-access-bakken|
|8/12/2016||Report of possible archaeological human remains results in inspection. SRT Chairman Archambault and Tim Mentz, Sr. (from SRT) were present. Inspection reveals no human remains.||http://oilpatchdispatch.areavoices.com/2016/11/01/dakota-access-delayed-telling-regulators-about-artifacts-found-in-pipeline-route/||Dakota Access notifies ND PSC three days later, on August 15.|
|8/13/2016||Law enforcement officers take precautions after receiving threats via social media.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/law-enforcement-officers-dakota-access-pipeline-protests-take-precautions-social-media-threats/||Troopers stop wearing name badges while on the front lines, though they still have badge numbers visible. Specific threats to individaul officers via social media led to the removal of name badges as well as a tightening of social media accounts. I've been hearing from several people associated with LE of the threats, but the specific information isn't being released because it is an ongoing investigation.|
|8/15/2016||ND Gov. Jack Dalrymple issues state of emergency due to protests.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/governor-issues-emergency-declaration-in-response-to-pipeline-protests/article_6b189499-0d39-5223-93a4-5f10e53e735c.html|
|8/15/2016||Dakota Access LLC files lawsuit against Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault and other protesters.||http://www.startribune.com/dakota-access-pipeline-owners-sue-north-dakota-protesters/390210751/||They are seeking restraining orders and unspecified monetary damages.|
|8/16/2016||Dakota Access gets restraining order against specific individuals||https://oilpatchdispatch.areavoices.com/2016/09/16/judge-axes-restraining-order-against-pipeline-protesters-but-blasts-unlawful-activity/||The restraining order prohibited Archambault, tribal council member Dana Yellow Fat and other defendants they had sued in court from unlawfully interfering with pipeline construction.|
|8/17/2016||Highway 1806 is closed.||http://newsok.com/north-dakota-highway-leading-to-protest-site-to-reopen/article/feed/1071065?articleBar=1||Highway 1806 is the highway leading to the protest site.|
|8/17/2016||ND PSC defends approving pipeline, saying they held 13 months of hearings and the protest groups did not show up.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/ND-PSC-defends-approval-of-Dakota-Access-Pipeline-despite-controversy-390499682.html|
|8/17/2016||A green laser is directed towards the pilot of a state aircraft.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/FBI-to-investigate-claim-protesters-pointed-laser-beam-at-a-state-plane-cockpit--390945731.html||Incident occurred at 5:15 a.m., momentarily blinding the pilot.|
|8/21/2016||A green laser is directed towards the pilot of a state aircraft.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/FBI-to-investigate-claim-protesters-pointed-laser-beam-at-a-state-plane-cockpit--390945731.html||Incident occurred at 12:45 a.m.. Pilot was able to look away. Eventually, the FAA placed a temporary flight restriction (TFR) over the area for a period of time. The FBI was called in to investigate, as shining a laser at aircraft is a federal offense. http://kfgo.com/news/articles/2016/aug/22/fbi-to-probe-laser-beam-incident-at-pipeline-protest-site/|
|8/21/2016||Size of protest camp grows to about 3,000.||https://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/08/24/manning-so-many-ways-we-have-already-won-165567|
|8/21/2016||Protesters engage police lilne (law enforcement does not engage) by rushing horses at them.||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUTlbuCjGoY|
|8/22/2016||Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox writes letter of support for protest indicating he would like to see the pipeline moved to a different location or an alternative means for transporting oil found, but not stopped.||https://www.facebook.com/MHAMarkFox/photos/a.1597968623807434.1073741834.1590812071189756/1751227135148248/?type=3&theater||33% (or 16%, depending on your source) of Bakken oil from North Dakota has come from Three Affiliated Tribes lands, providing large profits to the tribes. At one point, the tribes brought in about $10 million a month. The Three Affiliated Tribes signed an easement with Dakota Access back in December of 2015. Mark Fox voted to support this, part of a 5-0 vote. They were paid to allow the pipeline to cross their land. It also crosses the Missouri River in that region. (https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/three-affiliated-tribes-keep-mind-nodapl-isnt-pipeline-safety-protest/).|
|8/23/2016||Cannonball Ranch owner David Meyer reports damange to property.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/no-hard-evidence-connected-to-alleged-vandalism/article_6743977a-3795-5104-bc24-ad897b94ebcf.html||Meyer's Quonset, an ATV, some tools, and windows in equipment were vandalized. Meyer did not report it to law enforcement officially. The Cannonball Ranch property will play heavily into future incidents. Read up on its history here: http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/burial-ground-at-center-of-police-confrontations-is-known-historical/article_8a11a527-2119-58c4-a242-a04f3806a251.html|
|8/23/2016||Extreme right-wing group (Oath Keepers) reports on protest favorably.||https://www.oathkeepers.org/jason-van-tatenhove-coalition-peaceful-tribal-protestors-block-pipeline/||Insists there is no violence, fixates on police presence.|
|8/24/2016||Tribal Chairman David Archamabult says in interview that Standing Rock had been against the pipeline since they first heard of it.||http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/25/opinion/taking-a-stand-at-standing-rock.html?_r=0|
|8/24/2016||Actress Shailene Woodley speaks at demonstration in front of US District Court in Washington, DC, to express solidarity with the protest.||http://www.insidesources.com/what-the-dakota-access-pipeline-protesters-arent-telling-you/|
|8/25/2016||Environmental organizations send letter to President Obama protesting the pipeline||https://www.sierraclub.org/sites/www.sierraclub.org/files/blog/ED%20Letter%20President%20Obama%20Dakota%20Access%20Pipeline.pdf||Organizations said that it was "yet another example of an oil pipeline project being permitted without public engagement or sufficient environmental review."|
|8/27/2016||Daily Beast claim that ND Law Enforcement was using drones with tasers and gas was refuted as untrue.||http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1737113-no-north-dakota-police-arent-deploying-drones-with-tasers-and-tear-gas/||In North Dakota, the use of surveillance drones without a warrant is forbidden except for the patrol of the national border, surveying environmental catastrophes, university research, and during exigent circumstances, such as manhunts for a thief or murderer on the run. When used, they are to be used for surveillance, and not weaponized. Legislators have indicated that upcoming sessions will clarify drone law language regarding such use.|
|8/27/2016||Native American protesters, led by Chris Big Eagle, reject help from the Anonymous collective to target various individuals and groups, but Anonymous said they planned to go through with attacks anyway.||http://news.softpedia.com/news/anonymous-not-welcome-in-dakota-access-pipeline-protests-507675.shtml||The Anonymous Twitter account associated with the NoDAPL operation is: https://twitter.com/OpNoDapl. A tweet claims they speak for the Native Americans. The ND National Guard, the ND government, and various oil companies were initial targets: https://ghostbin.com/paste/5oy52|
|8/28/2016||David Meyer, owner of Cannonball Ranch, calls SRT Tim Mentz regarding possible artifacts on his land.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/Suppl-Dec-of-T-Mentz-Sr.pdf||According to Mentz, Meyer invited several tribal individuals to accompany him to survey the corridor the pipeline would go through on the west side of Highway 1806. It is during this time that Mentz says he saw evidence of cultural artifacts. This is later the area that protesters will set up camp and confront law enforcement after Meyer eventually sells his land to Dakota Access out of liability fears of protester actions. His Cannonball Ranch is historic; selling it was likely not easy.|
|8/28/2016||Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley alludes to an instance where protesters went to a LE officers private home.||http://www.grandforksherald.com/opinion/op-ed-columns/4103352-north-dakota-lt-gov-drew-wrigley-qa-unlawful-protest||"Also early on, there was a substantiated case of people believed to be members of the protest traveling to Bismarck, going to the home of a member of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, walking around that property, then going back to their vehicle and leaving. Almost like a recon." NOTE: I follow Wrigley on Twitter and noticed his account went to private a while back, no doubt in part because of the harrassment protesters from around the world have been leveling at him. I, too, have gone back and forth with privacy settings as protesters choose to harass.|
|8/31/2016||8 protesters arrested after tying themselves to construction equipment.||https://oilpatchdispatch.areavoices.com/2016/08/31/eight-arrested-after-protesters-bind-themselves-to-dakota-access-construction-equipment/||Incident was livestreamed on Facebook to an audience of 13,000 viewers. The Mandan Fire Department helped cut the protesters free.|
|8/31/2016||The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, from Oregon, donates $2,500 to the protest.||http://www.grandronde.org/news/smoke-signals/2016/09/01/grand-ronde-supports-standing-rock-sioux-oil-pipeline-protest/||Editorial: Is Fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline really a priority for Native American Tribes? by Rob Port: https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/fighting-dakota-access-pipeline-really-right-priority-native-american-tribes/|
|9/2/2016||Standing Rock Tribal archaeologist says there are cultural artifacts in pipeline path.||https://oilpatchdispatch.areavoices.com/2016/09/26/nd-archaeologist-no-burial-sites-destroyed-by-dakota-access/||"Tim Mentz, former tribal historic preservation officer, wrote in documents filed Sept. 2 in federal court that he surveyed that area and identified at least 27 burials, 16 stone rings, 19 effigies and other features in or adjacent to the pipeline corridor."|
|9/2/2016||Presidental candidate Jill Stein spray paints and vandalizes pipeline equipment.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/charges-to-be-filed-against-presidential-candidate/article_1c8c56e7-5fca-5cff-b039-d8a5061bc27a.html||A warrant is eventually issued for her arrest, but she had left the state by then.|
|9/2/2016||BBC News does a feature on what life is like in the protest camps.||http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37249617|
|9/3/2016||Pipeline workers began work in area tribal leaders said had cultural artifacts.||https://oilpatchdispatch.areavoices.com/2016/09/26/nd-archaeologist-no-burial-sites-destroyed-by-dakota-access/||"On Sept. 3, Dakota Access construction crews worked in the same area and tribal officials say they destroyed sacred sites. Dakota Access officials have said there were no sacred sites destroyed." http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/Motion-for-TRO-and-memo.pdf|
|9/3/2016||Protest turns violent as protesters clashed with private security personnel who had dogs.||http://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/04/dakota-access-pipeline-protests-in-north-dakota-turn-violent||Both protesters and security personnel were injured in the confrontation. Video shows protesters being bitten and maced as they advance and break down a security fence, but also shows protesters throwing rocks, hitting dogs with sticks, and chasing security personnel back to their trucks. (https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/video-dakota-access-pipeline-protesters-advanced-security-guards-hit-dogs-sticks/) Journalist Amy Goodman was arrested for trespass. The state affidavit describing the event indicated Goodman, in between moments of filming, Goodman encouraged protesters to confront the security personnel, getting them "riled up" according to eye witness testimony of Ashley Welch, one of the security personnel who was a K9 officer. (https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/states-affidavit-claims-activist-amy-goodman-encouraged-nodapl-protesters-confront-security-workers/) Morton County begins investigation into whether the security personnel were allowed to act in North Dakota.|
|9/3/2016||Members of the Nation of Islam, Mosque #27 from Los Angeles arrive at the protest camp an hour after the violent clash between security and protesters.||https://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/09/16/manning-standing-rock-camp-undaunted-committed-peaceful-165809|
|9/4/2016||An anonymous protester at Sacred Stone Camp admits that the exterior image of "non-violence" is the one they want to perpetuate, but not necessarily follow.||https://itsgoingdown.org/conversation-on-sacred-stone-camp/||"Much of the camp’s rhetoric is of the “Non-violent Direct Action” type. Lock your arm to this piece of deconstruction equipment and take a picture with a banner for Facebook. But the Warrior Culture that is so rich in Lakota memory seems to counter a lot of the liberal, non-violent, NGO types. Comrades saw what happened in Iowa, heard about the $1,000,000 in damage and got inspired. I wouldn’t say that it was publicly celebrated because the camp’s tactic of “Non-violence” is the image they want to perpetuate. Like I said, it is a tactic… not everyone thinks that is what we need to dogmatically stick to. It is one thing to use Non-Violence as a rhetorical device in corporate media to spread your inspirational actions but it is another thing to preach it as your dogma in your private circles and use it to stop material damage to the infrastructure of ecocide. I see the former being invoked much greater than the latter."|
|9/6/2016||United Tribe Powwow Parade of Champions cancelled.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/united-tribes-parade-of-champions-canceled/article_96c9c87d-c280-53b5-80f1-8230f1fa9954.html||Powwow organizers said the cancellation was due to cost and logistics.|
|9/6/2016||US District Judge James Boasberg temporarily halted pipeline construction between Highway 1806 and Lake Oahe, but allowed construction west of the highway to continue.||https://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/06/corps-wont-oppose-tribe-request-stop-work-dakota-access-pipeline||The judge said he believes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lacks jurisdiction on private land.|
|9/6/2016||Protester flies drone near a Highway Patrol aircraft.||http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/north-dakota/4142234-2-face-charges-operating-drones-during-pipeline-protests||Authorities issued a warrant last week for Aaron Sean Turgeon, 32, Winner, S.D., for three criminal charges related to his use of a drone. Turgeon is charged with reckless endangerment, a Class C felony, for allegedly of flying a drone near a Highway Patrol aircraft on Sept. 6 during a pipeline protest in Morton County.|
|9/6/2016||North Carolina-based Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians donates $50,000 to the protest.||https://theonefeather.com/2016/09/council-approves-50000-to-support-standing-rock-sioux/||Editorial: Is Fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline really a priority for Native American Tribes? by Rob Port: https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/fighting-dakota-access-pipeline-really-right-priority-native-american-tribes/|
|9/8/2016||Helicopter flies over protest camps||http://www.huffingtonpost.com/georgianne-nienaber/helicopter-allegedly-hire_b_12320482.html||The helicopter, owned by a local aviation company, flew with false N numbers: What appeared to be “N10767” was in fact an altered version of “N16757.”|
|9/8/2016||ND Highway Patrol reopens Highway 1806.||http://newsok.com/north-dakota-highway-leading-to-protest-site-to-reopen/article/feed/1071065?articleBar=1||Highway 1806 is the highway leading to the protest site. The National Guard is manning checkpoints.|
|9/8/2016||Fargo City Commissioner John Strand visits the protest camps and supports the protest.||http://www.inforum.com/news/4110308-fargo-commissioner-visits-pipeline-protest-site||Fellow commissnioner David Piepkorn supported Strand's visit there.|
|9/9/2016||Helicopter flies over protest camps||http://www.huffingtonpost.com/georgianne-nienaber/helicopter-allegedly-hire_b_12320482.html||Helicopter flew with false N numbers: What appeared to be “N10767” was in fact an altered version of “N16757.”|
|9/9/2016||United Tribes 47th Annual International Powwow held in Bismarck||http://www.unitedtribespowwow.com/||Event lasted Sept. 9-11, 2016 at United Tribes campus.|
|9/9/2016||District court rejects the Standing Rock request for an injunction and permits construction to go forward.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/order-denying-PI.pdf||This court order lists the specific dates and considerations to show how Dakota Access met with Standing Rock officials, how the pipeline was altered to not affect historic sites, and how the pipeline closely followed existing utilities in the area.|
|9/9/2016||President Obama halts continued construction of the pipeline minutes after a federal judge declined the tribe's request for an injuction to stop construction.||https://www.scribd.com/document/323474406/DOJ-Dakota-Acccess-Press-Release|
|9/9/2016||Standing Rock issues press release regarding President Obama's halting of construction.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/Press-Release-Standing-Rock-Sioux-Court-and-DOJ-Decisions_FINAL-9.9.16.pdf|
|9/9/2016||Standing Rock Tribe says, in court documents, that the Corps consultation process was flawed.||https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3111278-Judge-s-Order-Denying-Motion.html||The Tribe said the Corps didn’t give them enough time to respond, that they sent a generic form letter to initiate consultation, and that didn’t consider all of the areas that could have been affected by construction.|
|9/9/2016||Photo emerges of out-of-state protesters stuck at a gas station with signage saying "oil kills" as well as indicating they are out of gas and need help.||https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10208790416031153&id=1635619669||NOTE: Not really a big news item, but too ironic to ignore how it captures the zeitgeist of the protest.|
|9/12/2016||Tribe files a request for an injunction, pending an appeal.||http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/Mtn-for-Injunction-Pending-Appeal.pdf||The Tribe is asking the Court to make the Government’s request for a voluntary pause on construction within 20 miles of Lake Oahe an enforceable requirement while the appeal process goes forward.|
|9/13/2016||Black Lives Matter movement makes statement that they support the protest as a means to "defeat their common oppressors", but make no mention of the issue of oil or pipeline.||http://fusion.net/story/346460/black-lives-matter-fighting-alongside-dakota-access-pipeline-protesters/||"For the activists, this kind of support between black and indigenous movements is the only way they’ll be able to defeat their common oppressors.
“It’s a pronouncement of solidarity, empathy, and support for each other in our intersecting movements and attempts to stay alive in a settler state that has targeted us differently for life and for death,” Simpson, a Columbia University professor of Mohawk descent, said. "
|9/14/2016||Multiple arrests made north of Almont, ND, as well as on County Road 86. Some protesters were on private property or had equipment with them to attach themselves to construction equipment.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Felony-charges-being-pursued-related-to-Dakota-Access-Pipeline-protests-393468761.html||Two of those arrested were journalists with Unicorn Riot. "Two journalists with Unicorn Riot, a nonprofit educational collective, were also arrested September at a protest near Glen Ullin. Nicholas “Niko” Georgiades and Christopher Schiano said they were wearing press badges and had a microphone. Georgiades said officers warned them of trespassing, and they followed their orders but were still arrested. "They 100 percent knew we were press," Georgiades said." (http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/journalist-arrested-at-pipeline-protest/article_4df76157-c2ab-57cc-9f2c-936a94bfb5b1.html)|
|9/15/2016||Iran's leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, comes out in support of the Dakota Access protest.||http://english.khamenei.ir/news/4150/Dakota-access-pipeline-dilemma-Another-cruel-example-of-American||The brutal dictator of Iran decides to lecture the U.S. on human rights.|
|9/15/2016||Two vehicles and a cargo trailer vandalized in Bismarck with yellow spray paint spelling out "#NoDAPL"||http://www.inforum.com/news/4149600-oil-poured-nd-state-capitol-believed-be-related-dapl-protest|
|9/16/2016||Army Corps announces it will issue a special use permit to allow protesters to camp on their land.||http://www.jamestownsun.com/news/state/4127962-corps-tries-balance-free-speech-permit-rules-pipeline-opponents-dig-winter||Corps does not grant permission to use of land north of the Cannonball River, location of the large Oceti Sakowin Camp; permission has been granted only the 41 acres on the south side. The north side of the river is under a lease agreement with rancher David Meyer. The Corps as said protesters remain on the north property at ther own risk, and at the risk of Meyer, suggesting the lessee may face responsibility for what protesters do. Meyer is required to return the land to the Corps in the same condition he leased it, i.e. without evidence of the protest camp. Meyer's lease expires at the end of 2018. He expressed no intention of relinquishing the lease.|
|9/16/2016||The D.C. Circuit Court issues an administrative injunction.||http://earthjustice.org/features/faq-standing-rock-litigation||This injunction is to give the court sufficient opportunity to consider the emergency motion for injunction pending appeal.” The court directed “that Dakota Access LLC be enjoined pending further order of the court from construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline for 20 miles on both sides of the Missouri River at Lake Oahe.” The court indicated that the injunction “should not be construed in any way as a ruling on the merits of that motion.”|
|9/16/2016||U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland ends restraining order against protesters, but speaks against violent protesters.||https://oilpatchdispatch.areavoices.com/2016/09/16/judge-axes-restraining-order-against-pipeline-protesters-but-blasts-unlawful-activity/||"Hovland wrote that suggesting the protests have been entirely peaceful and prayerful “is less than forthright and ludicrous at best,” citing examples of vandalism to equipment, trespassing, obstruction to pipeline work and verbal taunts or harassment directed at law enforcement.|
“Nearly every day the citizens of North Dakota are inundated with images of ‘peaceful’ protesters engaging in mindless and senseless criminal mayhem,” Hovland wrote.
Hovland added that he recognizes many of the troublesome protesters are from out of state and have political interests or hidden agendas different than the legitimate interests of Native Americans and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who are affected by the pipeline.
|9/16/2016||Neil Young releases song "Indian Givers"||http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/neil-young-protests-dakota-pipeline-with-indian-givers-w440373|
|9/17/2016||ND Sen. Heitkamp speaks out against Anonymous' threat against Gov. Dalrymple and others.||https://oilpatchdispatch.areavoices.com/2016/09/15/protests-subside-as-prosecutors-file-more-criminal-charges-in-dakota-access-pipeline-protest/|
|9/17/2016||Photo taken at Red Warrior Camp shows training poster illustrating Direct Action principles.||https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1262351823838438&set=p.1262351823838438&type=3&theater||Poster says: We are protecters (no protesters), we are peaceful and prayerful, "isms" have no place here, respect the locals, we are proud to stand (no masks), no weapons (or what could be considered one), property damage does not get us closer to the goal, all campers must get an orientation, direct action training for all taking action, no children in potentially dangerous situations, we keep each other accountable to these principles, this is a ceremony act accordingly.|
|9/19/2016||Facebook user Steven Jeffery Chrisjohn posts video to his page showing the protesters skinning and butchering a buffalo.||https://www.facebook.com/chrisjohn12205/videos/10209240813409734/||Local ranchers, some of whom are members of SRT, have seen their buffalo stolen, slaughtered, and some have gone missing. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/nov/14/dakota-access-pipeline-reservation-ranchers-strugg/|
|9/20/2016||Three Affiliated Tribe leader urges civility between all involved in pipeline incidents at ND Petroleum Council event||https://oilpatchdispatch.areavoices.com/2016/09/20/tribal-official-urges-respect-in-pipeline-debate/||The Three Affiliated Tribes have oil on their land and have participated in the recent Bakken oil boom, for which this pipeline is being built.|
|9/21/2016||ND State Historical Society's archaelogical team finds no evidence of cultural or human remains at area in question near the pipeline protest site.||https://www.scribd.com/document/326373597/Memo-From-State-Hist-Soc-of-N-Dak||Paul R. Picha, Chief Archaeologist, described a pedestrian inventory, with seven archaeologists, of a 1.36 mile long area.|
|9/21/2016||Protesters take over the stage at an oil meeting in Minot.||https://oilpatchdispatch.areavoices.com/2016/09/21/pipeline-opponents-take-over-stage-at-oil-meeting/||The protesters took the the podium and microphone while Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms was speaking to the North Dakota Petroleum Council|
|9/22/2016||Cannonball Ranch owner David Meyer sells property to Dakota Access, LLC||http://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/protest-land-sold-to-dakota-access-llc#.V-StdMqaR3E.facebook||Meyer's property is not where the main protest camp is located, but where some activities took place. He said he sold for liability reasons.|
|9/22/2016||News stories begin to emerge on whether or not environmentalists are using Native Americans for their own agenda.||http://www.insidesources.com/are-environmentalists-concerns-over-dakota-pipeline-louder-than-native-american-voices/||See also: "Are Environmentalists Using Native Americans, And Does It Matter?" http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/09/06/are-environmentalists-using-native-americans-and-does-it-matter.html|
|9/24/2016||Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry visits protest camp.||http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2016/09/26/image-gallery-presiding-bishop-visits-standing-rock-sioux-reservation/|
|9/24/2016||Protesters gathered near pipeline construction on private land near St. Anthony. Photos by law enforcement show them sitting and standing on the pipe.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/reports-dead-missing-livestock-near-nodapl-protests/|
|9/25/2016||Pipeline guard injured by protesters west of St. Anthony||https://www.scribd.com/document/325404002/9-26-Guard-Injured-in-Protest|
|9/26/2016||Many tribal leaders go to Washington D.C. to meet with President Obama for his last Tribal Nations Conference.||http://www.npr.org/2016/09/26/495435863/obama-to-discuss-controversial-pipeline-with-tribal-leaders||When the federal govt. stepped in to halt construction, Obama promised to hold a serious of listening sessions with tribes to rethink how consultation happens between the U.S. govt. and tribes.|
|9/26/2016||Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Donates $250,000 to Standing Rock Legal Fund||http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/09/29/agua-caliente-band-cahuilla-indians-donates-250000-standing-rock-legal-fund-165943||Editorial: Is Fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline really a priority for Native American Tribes? by Rob Port: https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/fighting-dakota-access-pipeline-really-right-priority-native-american-tribes/|
|9/28/2016||Protesters traveled from protest camp over to St. Anthony area to protest at active construction site.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/DAPL-construction-halted-Sunday-as-protesters-planted-trees-prayed-near-St-Anthony-ND-394841551.html||Incident occurred near St. Anthony where current construction was continuing along a partially finished segment, and not near the Missouri/Cannonball rivers or protest camps. A pipeline gaurd was assaulted and dragged 100 yards. Protesters were damaging equipment. St. Anthony school went on lockdown out of fear of what might transpire. Red Warrior Camp leader Cody Hall denied knowledge of any assault or damage to private property, and said the protesters prayed and planted a tree instead. Law enforcement officers blocked a caravan of protesters from going through town, but they went around and stopped work at five sites west of town.|
|9/28/2016||21 protesters arrested west of St. Anthony.||https://www.scribd.com/document/325695577/9-28-Release-on-Protest||One protester on horseback rode aggressively towards a law enforcement officer. Five vehicles were impounded. General patrols were increased in this region of the county.|
|9/30/2016||ND Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring claims farmers and ranchers are being threatened by protesters.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/audio-ag-commissioner-says-nodapl-protesters-abusing-threatening-exploiting-farmers-ranchers/|
|9/30/2016||Joyce Braun reads statement in front of Law Enforcement Center in Mandan, saying the LE has broken laws and incited violence.||http://www.bing.com/news/apiclick.aspx?ref=BDIGeneric&aid=C98EA5B0842DBB9405BBF071E1DA7651077B1B5B&tid=5E7B3031BBC446DF8DFE4C981E41BC16&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.kfyrtv.com%2fcontent%2fnews%2fDAPL-demonstrators-deliver-written-message-to-Morton-Co-Sheriffs-Dept-saying-department-has-violated-state-national-laws-395466311.html&c=1542246303655300436&mkt=en-us||Braun said she hoped the public saw that the Sheriff's department was spreading lies about the protesters who were peaceful. She alleged that the Sheriff's department was ignoring Great Sioux Nation laws.|
|10/1/2016||Pam Link of the Local 563 chapter of the Laborers International Union of North America told Jay Thomas on 970 AM WDAY radio that a pipeline worker was beaten by by masked assailants at a gas station.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/audio-union-says-worker-assaulted-nodapl-protesters-gas-station/|
|10/1/2016||32 protesters were arrested in Iowa for scaling, rushing, and tearing down a fence around Dakota Access pipeline equipment.||http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/10/03/32-arrested-after-200-iowa-nodapl-protesters-dismantle-security-fence-bid-disrupt||Since August 31, more than 155 protesters have been arrested in Iowa.|
|10/1/2016||Red Warrior Camp leader Cody Hall says no permanent structures would be built on Army Corps land.||https://www.scribd.com/document/331560613/2016-11-18-Perm-Structures-Winter-Wx-PR|
|10/3/2016||Mercer County Sheriff Dean Danzeisen sends letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel, and Lieutenant General Todd Semonite of the Corps.||https://www.scribd.com/document/326510509/326383131-Mercer-County-Letter||Danzeisen points out the protesters were on Corps land illegally, noting some were violent and there had been incidents. He noted that they've asked the Corps to enforce their own law, and that his requests for federal assistance have so far been ignored.|
|10/3/2016||BOLD Nebraska activist D'Shawn Cunningham reveals violence and corruption in protest camps.||https://www.facebook.com/notes/dshawn-cunningham/first-hand-account-of-lawlessness-at-standing-rock/10210498855489039||Cunningham paticipates in an interview for the Say Anything Blog: https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/audio-nodapl-activist-says-protest-camps-arent-safe-decries-lawlessness/ Cunningham indicates the donations of money and other items to the protest camps were being misappropriated, describing some of the camp leaders as showing up with newly purchased vehicles. He also indicated a presence of drugs, coersion, and feared for his life as he tried to leave.|
|10/4/2016||Protesters gather and protest the ND Governor debate outside of the Belle Mehus auditorium in Bismarck.||http://kfgo.com/news/articles/2016/oct/04/dapl-protesters-disrupt-nd-governor-debate/||No arrests were made, though several protesters were asked to leave when they shouted comments at the candidates in regards to comments on the pipeline.|
|10/4/2016||Mandan law enforcement vacation policy waived as officers not to take vacations until emergency lifted.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/officers-vacation-policy-waived-until-emergency-lifted/article_15a45200-020f-5ef7-a870-777c5c04bd80.html||Some officers have been unable to see much of their family due to working constantly because of the protests. Repeated requests for federal assistance have been ignored.|
|10/4/2016||Law enforcement issues warrant for protester who charged officer on horseback.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/national/oil-pipeline-protester-accused-of-terrorizing-officer/article_5bff0449-218f-533a-b703-544e46aa8d4a.html||Mason Redwing, of Ft. Thompson, South Dakota is wanted on felony charges of terrorizing and reckless endangerment in the Sept. 28 incident near St. Anthony. He's also wanted on a previous warrant for criminal trespass. The Morton County Sheriff's Office says the officer shouted a warning and pointed a shotgun loaded with non-lethal beanbag rounds to defuse the situation.|
|10/4/2016||A sixth pipeline company has applied for a permit to feed into DAPL.||http://bismarcktribune.com/bakken/feeder-lines-tie-into-dapl/article_946dfb13-a680-5588-8db5-c443b760a8ce.html|
|10/4/2016||ND Public Service Commission meets with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a federal agency, regarding federal oversight of the safety inspections being done along the Dakota Access pipeline.||http://www.psc.nd.gov/public/newsroom/2016/10-5-16PHMSA-DAPL-Update.pdf||The PSC had authority over the site of the pipeline, but it is the PHMSA that has regulatory authority over the construction, operation, and maintenance of the pipeline. In the meeting, PHMSA assured the PSC that its regulators had been active during the construction of the pipeline|
|10/4/2016||Local rancher Doug Hille gives a radio interview discussing the the reality of harassment local residents are facing from protesters.||https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/trent69050/episodes/2016-10-04T08_36_23-07_00||"Doug Hille joins today representing the folks in Morton County, ND living in pure hell. School buses have constant police escorts, 15 year olds are manning home doors with loaded firearms and innocent people are being stopped by mobs on the highways. The real story must be told here." Hille wasn't thrilled with Dakota Access himself, and formed a group of landowners to deal with them surveying property. But no landowner was against the pipeline even if they didn't want the pipeline in their backyard. They accepted that the pipeline had to go in, and if it went on their property, so be it. Farmers were paying more to ship their grain because oil was taking up railroad cars.|
|10/5/2016||Oral arguments are heard on the emergency motion for an injunction at the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Court.||https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1390740274287572&id=402298239798452||A ruling was not issued, keeping the temporary halt to construction in place until the Court issues a decision.|
|10/5/2016||Morton County Sheriff issues press release on St. Antony incidents, and protester arrests.||https://www.scribd.com/document/326552251/10-5-Release-on-Protest-Activity||According to the Sheriff, "To date, authorities have arrested 96 individuals for illegal protest activity. Of those individuals, 14 are from North Dakota 82 are from outside the state." (85% of arrests are from protesters from outside North Dakota.)|
|10/5/2016||A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals have hard questions for stakeholders, including Archambault.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/judges-ask-tough-questions-in-dakota-access-pipeline-appeal/article_3e456778-001f-5e7d-bf6c-92fdb406e9cf.html||"The panel had a range of questions Wednesday for government, pipeline and tribal lawyers. Judge Cornelia T.L. Pillard wanted clearer answers about the required consultation the government did with the tribe as well as the boundaries of where the tribe wants work stopped. "If we're going to issue an injunction we need to say where it stops," said Pillard, who told the tribe's lawyer she was "flummoxed" trying to understand his argument. Judge Janice Rogers Brown suggested the tribe should have filed its underlying lawsuit before July. Judge Thomas B. Griffith questioned why the pipeline company wouldn't halt work near the lake before seeing whether they get the government's permission to continue construction on government land bordering and under the lake. "It looks like you're forcing their hand," Griffith said. Pipeline lawyer Miguel Estrada said the company had been told obtaining such permission was a formality. Griffith responded: "It's not a formality now, is it?" Estrada also said his clients "went the extra mile" to accommodate tribal concerns. The judges didn't say when they'd rule." (http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2016/10/05/judges-ask-tough-questions-dakota-access-pipeline-appeal/91614068/)|
|10/5/2016||The Mississippi Stand camp in Iowa had a midnight deadline to remove their camp from the ditches along the road near Montrose, Iowa.||http://www.mississippistand.com/||More arrests took place over the weekend. (http://littlevillagemag.com/mississippi-stand-pipeline-protestors-evicted-but-still-standing/)|
|10/6/2016||Sheriffs from other states vow to help support Morton County Sheriff Dept.||http://www.inforum.com/news/north-dakota/4130601-dakota-access-pipeline-now-87-percent-complete-nd||Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said 268 local law enforcement officers and 154 Highway Patrol troopers from around the state have been in Morton County over the last two months. Laramie County, Wyoming, Sheriff Danny Glick, who is the past president of the National Sheriffs' Association spent the a few days in North Dakota.|
|10/6/2016||87% of DAPL is completed in North Dakota.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/dakota-access-nearly-complete-in-north-dakota/article_0c513686-e839-59eb-a68b-fa2d9a094429.html|
|10/6/2016||Burleigh County Special Education Unit Director Barry Chathams sends letter to ND Superintendant of Public Schools Kirsten Baesler, informing her that protesters have been harassing special education teachers who are trying to provide regular services to schools in protest areas.||https://www.scribd.com/document/327365855/Burleigh-County-Special-Ed-Unit-Protest-Harassment-Letter-Oct-2016||Incidents include protesters in a pickup harassing a speech therapist in her car, toying with her on the roads and forcing her to take back roads. Several teachers haven't been able to get through and provide services to children with special needs to schools at St. Anthony.|
|10/7/2016||Pro-law enforcement rally held at Mandan Police Dept.||https://www.facebook.com/events/1763418723932333/||"We are going to be getting people together to stand with law enforcement while they are protecting the pipeline workers. Pro pipeline or not, these officers are putting their lives on the line everyday and it seems like there are alot of people who want to help but don't know how. We created this event so those people can have a voice too. Even if people only show up for a bit, at least voices other than just protesters against the pipeline will be heard."|
|10/7/2016||Protester pleads guilty to drunk driving, crashes stolen vehicle into occupied teepee in protest camp.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/man-pleads-guilty-to-dui-at-dakota-access-pipeline-protest/article_6ce8fc6e-45c1-5184-aa38-9f4b98293d16.html||Bryce Ironhawk, from Laughlin, SD, was clocked by a BIA officer going 113 on Highway 1806 in a Camaro. The Chevy Camaro was stolen from Bismarck.|
|10/7/2016||Wisconsin sends 40 sworn sheriff's deputies to help ND law enforcement||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/north-dakota-taps-wisconsin-deputies-for-dakota-access-help/article_c33af215-d252-5a73-bc0e-7eaaa6c69467.html|
|10/7/2016||ND State Superintendant Kirsten Baesler notifies SRT Chairman Archambault that the school operating at the protest camp is operating illegally||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/protest-camp-school-operates-without-state-approval/article_a7b45b90-149c-5c3a-9793-d1df734a1e26.html||Five specific requirements are necessary for an approved school. Archambault did not respond to Baesler. The Defenders of Water School started in August with about 40 students, some from out of state. They are in the Mandan school district, and a bus does travel near there so that the students could attend an approved school. There are two schools at two protest camps, with teachers from a variety of locations teaching several different subjects. (https://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/10/19/standing-ground-nodapl-oceti-sakowin-school-educates-next-generation-166137)|
|10/7/2016||Two protesters locked themselves to machines in Iowa at a pipeline construction site near the Mississippi Stand camp.||http://www.mississippistand.com/|
|10/7/2016||Protesters in Iowa arrested and construction temporarily halted due to locking devices the protesters put on the drill used to bore the path beneath the Mississippi River.||http://littlevillagemag.com/mississippi-stand-pipeline-protestors-evicted-but-still-standing/|
|10/8/2016||We flew over No DAPL protest camps and took photos of entire general area. We were at about 3500-4000 AGL||https://goo.gl/photos/VtNdbpsmQmVN97QAA||Also flew over areas of completed and under-construction pipeline|
|10/8/2016||Protesters plan horseride from near Cannonball to Tioga, roughly following the pipeline route.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/protesters-plan-prayerful-and-peaceful-horseback-ride-along-pipeline-route/article_7cdfe0f6-31d1-53aa-8e72-2c0cb9a02053.html||This is a peaceful ride.|
|10/8/2016||Protester uses drone to surveill private security officials.||http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/north-dakota/4142234-2-face-charges-operating-drones-during-pipeline-protests||The man is charged with stalking (Myron C. Dewey, 44, Marysville, Wash.) after he used a drone to photograph private security workers. "The security officers told law enforcement they were working security for Dakota Access in their vehicles east of Highway 1806 on the Cannonball Ranch when they saw a drone flying above their vehicles that they believed was attempting to get photos or videos of the officers and their license plates, court records say. “Both security officers stated they were in fear for their lives and their families’ lives because the drone was possibly live streaming video to social media." This is not the first accusation that protesters have been gathering license plate numbers and then stalking or locating the families of law enforcement officials involved in the protest, though this aspect has not been widely publicized in the media. Some Bismarck law enforcement officers have had to change their regular routines due to concerns about people knowing where they live and lurking outside of their homes. Protesters have also posted personal information about law enforcement and security personnel online on social media (a.k.a. doxing).|
|10/8/2016||Protesters in Iowa arrested after blocking a road to an access site. One protester locked herself to the axle of a vacuum truck.||http://littlevillagemag.com/mississippi-stand-pipeline-protestors-evicted-but-still-standing/||Construction was temporarily paused.|
|10/9/2016||D.C. Circuit Court denies the Standing Rock Sioux's Tribe's emergency motion for injunction to stop the construction of the pipeline.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Federal--396474741.html|
|10/9/2016||Rancher finds two dead cow heads in a pasture near the protest camp.||http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/news/agriculture/4139248-more-cattle-reported-shot-near-pipeline-protest-site-sioux-county||This is the second reported incident of slaying or wounding of livestock, all from the same rancher. More info on the livestock issue, which involves Archambault family/friend issues and a very convoluted rivalry, can be found here: http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/livestock-killings-near-protest-camp-gain-attention/article_075e9011-a13c-54de-b238-5f6d539a99cc.html|
|10/10/2016||Protests near St. Anthony in which 27 protesters were arrested, including actress Shailene Woodley who shared live video of her experience on Facebook, garnering 2.4 million views.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Law-enforcement-officers-block-DAPL-protesters-from-entering-construction-site-near-St-Anthony-396091951.html||About 200 people arrived on private land west of the town of St. Anthony to protest. Two attached themselves to equipment. A teepee was partially erected. 28 people were arrested across two sites. Highway 6 was closed for part of the day. Flasher and St. Anthony schools went on lockdown, due to protests on nearby land, for the second time since the protests started. SWAT was present, as were deputies from Wisconsin who had earlier pledged to help. Protesters taunted officers. Cannonball Elementary School, Solen High School, and schools in Ft. Yates and Standing Rock sent kids home at noon due to closure of Highway 6 and possible closure of Highway 1806. REGARDING ROAD CLOSURES: Morton County is consulting a state's attorney for the legality of closing roads as they deem necessary. According to ND Century Code 39-10-21.1, local law enforcement can order a roads under their jurisdiction closed due to hazardous conditions for the safety of the public. (http://www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t39c10.pdf#nameddest=39-10-21p1)|
|10/10/2016||First of seven meetings in Phoenix to discuss how various agencies can better allow timely and meaningful tribal input on infrastructure projects.||http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/news/north-dakota/4134049-dakota-access-says-itll-promptly-resume-work-near-lake-oahe-wants-feds||SRT Chairman Archambault called it “a critical opportunity to inform the process moving forward so that other tribes don’t suffer the same losses as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.”|
|10/10/2016||The Corps issus a joint statement with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Interior Department, saying it won’t authorize construction on Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe until it finishes reviewing issues raised by the tribe. The three agencies asked the company to voluntarily pause construction within 20 miles of the lake.||https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/joint-statement-department-justice-department-army-and-department-interior-regarding-dc|
|10/10/2016||Cass County Sheriff (Fargo, ND) calls protests a riot, and says they will help Morton County and other LE officers trying to manage the protests.||http://www.kvrr.com/news/local-news/not-proteststheyre-riots-cass-county-sheriff-on-dapl-protests/42051802|
|10/10/2016||Local news channel KFYR reporters threatened, on video, by protesters.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/video-peaceful-nodapl-protesters-peacefully-threaten-tv-news-crew/||This was the same "peaceful protest" where Hollywood celebrity Shailene Woodley was arrested and where media mocked the use of the term "riot" by Morton County Sheriff. (https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/sheriff-latest-nodapl-incident-not-protest-not-prayerful-riot/) However, SRT Chairman Archambault condemned those actions, according to the Fargo Forum. (http://www.inforum.com/news/4136206-standing-rock-chairman-says-talks-under-way-about-moving-camp-tribally-owned-land) "Archambault said he also made it clear at Wednesday's meeting that the tribe doesn't support what he described as "verbal violence" by masked protesters caught on video threatening a KFYR-TV news crew with bodily harm during a protest at a Dakota Access construction site Monday that led to 29 arrests, a revised number from the 27 arrests reported that day.|
"We're trying to be peaceful and prayerful," he said, adding, "That doesn't help our cause." Archambault said he doesn't know who the masked protesters were, and he didn't talk to anyone at the camp about it. "I just know what I saw was not right," he said.
|10/11/2016||Dakota Access announces they will continue to work on the pipeline near Oahe, and hoped the federal government would help local law enforcement deal with protesters.||http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/news/north-dakota/4134049-dakota-access-says-itll-promptly-resume-work-near-lake-oahe-wants-feds||“We continue to believe that the Army Corps will soon issue the easement for approximately 1,100 feet necessary for the crossing beneath the Missouri River – the sole remaining authorization necessary for completion of the project,” the company said.|
|10/11/2016||ND Gov. Jack Dalrymple states on KFYR that SRT Chairman Archambault had told him that he no longer has control over the camp or the protesters.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/archambault-i-never-did-tell-the-governor-i-lost-control/article_afd2218a-2d9c-5f9c-aeff-443c7d28a4c3.html||Dalrymple said it would be helpful if Archambault asked the outside agitators, who were causing the problems, to leave. Archambault, according to Dalrymple, said he when all of these tribes come together, you can't just ask someone to leave.|
|10/11/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault denied telling the Gov. Dalyrmple that he said he'd lost control of the protesters.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/archambault-i-never-did-tell-the-governor-i-lost-control/article_afd2218a-2d9c-5f9c-aeff-443c7d28a4c3.html|
|10/11/2016||Activists tamper with pipelines carrying Canadian oil as a show of support with DAPL protesters.||http://bismarcktribune.com/activists-target-five-pipelines-in-solidarity-with-dakota-access-opponents/article_f4350392-c586-5926-855a-92432a695d35.html||The activists were from Climate Direct Action, and said they were targeting Alberta tar sands oil. They considered it an "international call for prayer and action", and tampered with emergency valves, manually shutting some off, on the pipelines including: two Enbridge Energy pipelines southeast of Clearbrook and TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline near Walhalla. They also targeted Spectra Energy's Express pipeline in Coal Banks Landing, Montana, and Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline at Anacortes, Washington. The group said they used the emergency valve because it was a "climate emergency." No oil was reported to have been spilled from the tampering. Arrested activists hailed from Seattle, Bainbridge Island, and other locations but were not from the area that would have been directly affected should the oil have spilled. The activists alerted the companies to let them know they were doing it, leaving sunflowers in the valves. (https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/nodapl-protests-inspire-attacks-five-pipelines/) (http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/2-Minnesota-women-arrested-in-pipeline-protest-that-officials-say-could-have-caused-tragic-consequences-396701991.html)|
|10/11/2016||Acress Shailene Woodley's mug shot released.||http://extratv.com/2016/10/11/see-shailene-woodleys-mug-shot/|
|10/12/2016||Dane County Wisconsin sheriff deputies leave ND; their constituents no longer want them involved.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Wisconsin-sheriff-pulls-deputies-from-Dakota-Access-Pipeline-efforts-but-says-they-see-the-need-for-law-enforcement-396888591.html||WI sheriff says the need for law enforcement help at the protest sites is great. Some deputies are volunteering their time and staying, and other counties are participating, so there will still be WI LE officers around. Dane County Sheriff described their brief week participation: "The request for Dane County deputies was made based on their experience in responding to highly volatile situations, and Mahoney says their staff sees the necessity of law enforcement involvement at the Dakota Access Pipeline protests and construction sites to protect public safety.|
“Our people have shined. They report they stood in line and were confronted with baseball bats and tire irons and being sprayed with wasp spray,” Mahoney said."
|10/12/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault said talks were held to discuss moving the protest camp as winter approaches. It would be moved from federally owned land to tribally owned land near Cannon Ball.||http://www.inforum.com/news/4136206-standing-rock-chairman-says-talks-under-way-about-moving-camp-tribally-owned-land||Archambault noted the current location was prone to heavy snow drifting, and springtime flooding. He also pointed out how cold it gets in the winter and that some protesters weren't really understanding that it can get -35 for over a week. However, not all protesters are willing to listen to Archambault. According to the Forum article, "Cody Hall, a member of South Dakota's Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and spokesman for the Red Warrior Camp within the Oceti Sakowin Camp, said many of the roughly 1,500 campers are winterizing their temporary and semi-permanent structures and aren't waiting for a decision from Standing Rock.|
"Some people are saying forget it, we're going to do our own things. Because every day that they wait is just a day that gets colder and colder," he said.
Hall said there's reluctance among some to move onto the reservation, where they fear they would be more subject to interference by the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs or FBI. As it stands now, the Corps is leaving them alone and state and local authorities aren't interfering with the camps.
"People feel good. They're safe there. They don't have to be worried about being ratted out," he said."'
|10/12/2016||Local rancher talks to radio personality Scott Hennen describing what farmers and ranchers are experiencing, including being forced off the road, mailboxes being tampered with, taking pictures of license plates and property, trespass, and blocking the road with vehicles and horses.||https://www.facebook.com/POVnow/videos/vb.1719153821681875/1732314730365784/?type=2&theater||Note: An anonymous local law enforcement person described protesters driving through the parking lot of law enforcement headquarters, taking photos of the license plates of the employees cars, going to the ND DMV to gain access to information about the owner of the vehicle, and then parking outside the private home of the owner and taking photos of the officer and/or family members as they came and went.|
|10/12/2016||Local ranchers estimate the protests have cost them thousands of dollars and counting.||http://www.myndnow.com/news/minot-news/rancher-says-pipeline-protests-costing-thousands#.V_7xSQ8e__E.facebook||Many of these ranchers did not even support the pipeline project, but are being hurt by the protests themselves.|
|10/12/2016||Wisconsin deputy assisting law enforcement in Morton County was arrested for being under the influence of alcohol while driving in Bismarck.||http://www.inforum.com/news/4136907-wis-deputy-protest-duty-arrested-bismarck|
|10/12/2016||North Dakota Department of Agriculture creates hotline for farmers and ranchers by the protest who may need help finishing up seasonal work before winter sets in.||http://www.inforum.com/news/north-dakota/4135113-nd-opens-hotline-farmers-ranchers-affected-pipeline-protest|
|10/12/2016||Farmers and ranchers who live near the protest who are trying to bring in the harvest have said they now carry firearms when traveling or working in the field due to threats from protesters.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Environmental-unrest-slows-harvest-in-Morton-County-396860911.html||"Ernst says his decision to arm himself stems from an incident that occurred when he says Dakota Access Pipeline protesters drove through his alfalfa field to unload a trailer of horses.
'When they were in the field I had asked them to get off the field, they were on private property and they were trespassing. One of the individuals said it is Native land and that I needed to leave. There were a few that came up swinging lariats, kind'a makes a guy nervous.'
Ernst says the confrontation ended without incident, but he's now erring on the side of caution. Cody Hall, the spokesmen for the Red Warrior camp says none of the demonstrators are violent." Hall insisted the protesters were a compassionate, loving people.
|10/12/2016||Debate among three candidates for ND PSC is broadcast on Prairie Public Television.||http://www.bakkentoday.com/2016/09/30/pipeline-subject-of-public-service-commission-debate/||Current PSC member Julie Fedorchak (Republican, Democrat Marlo Hunte-Beaubrun (member of Standing Rock) and Libertarian Tom Skadeland were part of the debate. Discussion ranged from the race of the members of the PSC, whether the PSC was needed in its current form or if free-market approaches would be better, and the openness of approval of projects like the pipeline. "Fedorchak said during the 14-month process, the commission hosted three public meetings, which were “noticed widely and broadly,” along the pipeline route. The meetings, in Mandan, Kildeer and Williston, came after “traditional listings and direct mailings” to agencies including the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, who Fedorchak said directly notifies tribes as appropriate. A personal invitation to the hearings was extended to the Standing Rock Tribe, she said. “We had hundreds of participants and took lots of comments during the hearing process, and incorporated a lot of those concerns in our ultimate permitting process,” Fedorchak said.
Hunte-Beaubrun said she disagreed with the incumbent’s account of the process. “I believe there was outreach to the city people in Bismarck when the pipeline was going to go north of Bismarck, and I don’t feel that that was extended when it was moved down the line,” she said. “On both sides of the coin,” more preventative measures could have been taken to avoid conflict, Hunte-Beaubrun said, however, in the present, leaders are being called upon to “sit down and communicate” in efforts to resolve the dispute.
|10/13/2016||Five Senators ask President Obama to halt pipeline construction until further consultation and an environmental review takes place.||http://bismarcktribune.com/bakken/five-senators-ask-obama-to-halt-pipeline-construction/article_d99c85ee-49a7-5cb4-ac0d-c77dfcaa3325.html||"Sens. Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Dianne Feinstein of California, Ben Cardin of Maryland, and Ed Markey of Massachusetts signed the letter sent to the president on Thursday. All are Democrats except Sanders, who is once again an Independent."|
|10/13/2016||The Red Warrior Camp’s “Blake Snake Killaz,” took to Facebook to ask for “reinforcements from skilled and trained Warriors prepared to evict the Dakota Access Pipeline and protect our homelands and way of life.”||http://www.inforum.com/news/north-dakota/4136928-pipeline-protest-makes-ripples-nationally-worldwide|
|10/14/2016||ND ACLU representative considers suing over the use of roadblocks to prevent access to private lands by protesters.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/questions-raised-as-protest-policing-takes-proactive-approach/article_d8cb61bf-6164-5972-9157-548c1b17e999.html||Morton County is consulting a state's attorney for the legality of closing roads as they deem necessary. According to ND Century Code 39-10-21.1, local law enforcement can order a roads under their jurisdiction closed due to hazardous conditions for the safety of the public. (http://www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t39c10.pdf#nameddest=39-10-21p1) In a month, protesters will set up their own roadblocks.|
|10/14/2016||North Dakota Farm Bureau donates 86 cases of water and snacks for law enforcement.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/posts/336898439995834|
|10/15/2016||Butchered cattle and bison, and other dead and missing livestock have been reported near the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp, according to the North Dakota Stockmen's Association||http://www.inforum.com/news/4137798-butchered-and-missing-livestock-reported-near-dakota-access-pipeline-protest-camp||"The NDSA and the Sioux County Sheriff's Department are working with other law enforcement agencies to investigate two cases near Cannon Ball, the association stated in a release. According to the NDSA, one case involves a dead saddle horse, four dead cows and more than 30 head of missing cattle. The other involves three dead bison. In both cases, some animals appear to have been butchered, the release said."|
|10/15/2016||14 protesters arrested at three different sites near St. Anthony, ND on private property.||http://bismarcktribune.com/bakken/arrests-made-during-saturday-pipeline-protest/article_3187b5ee-832b-581c-9d1c-7f9b84352c92.html||Law enforcement blockaded the road, forcing protesters to walk 3-4 miles to the site. Pipeline workers were evacuated from sites near the protests by 9 a.m. All work continued by 2 p.m. One protester had attached himself to a track hoe 8 miles southeast of St. Anthony, but he detached himself after five hours. That protester was arrested. Another 10 were arrested for congregating in the middle of Highway 6 and refusing to leave. The other three were arrested for trespassing on a rancher's private land.|
|10/15/2016||The North Dakota Stockmen's Association offers a reward of up to $14,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person stealing, butchering, or shooting cattle, horses, or mules in the state.||http://ndstockmen.org/newsroom/authorities-investigating-butchered-and-missing-livestock-in-sioux-county/|
|10/16/2016||Say Anything Blog releases map and spreadsheet showing who and where arrested protesters come from.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/map-shows-arrested-nodapl-protesters-come/||Of the 143 arrests includes four not related to protest activities (possession of marijuana, possession of meth, and preventing arrest).|
|10/17/2016||Morton County judge refuses to sign off on charges against reporter Amy Goodman, who had been present at a Sept. 3 incident involving private security personnel and dogs.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/judge-refuses-to-sign-off-on-charges-against-journalist-amy/article_06ade343-892c-5177-b201-907142d1ab03.html||75 protesters assembled across the street from the Morton County Courthouse during the proceedings. One protester was arrested. Others thanked the police for being there (https://twitter.com/B_EmersonTrib/status/788100356823580673). The prosecuter filed new charges directed toward Goodman of participating in a riot. State affidavits describing the Sept. 3 event (https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/states-affidavit-claims-activist-amy-goodman-encouraged-nodapl-protesters-confront-security-workers/) have eyewitness testimony that indicate Goodman, in between filming, may have encouraged protesters to engage and confront the security personnel.|
|10/17/2016||Bismarck Police Department urged citizens to avoid Memorial Bridge due to protesters converging on the main thouroghfare.||https://www.facebook.com/bismarckpolice/posts/794236514012102|
|10/17/2016||Arson suspected in burning of heavy construction equipment at DAPL in Reasnor, Iowa.||http://www.keloland.com/news/article/news/arson-suspected-in-latest-dakota-access-pipeline-fire||This is the second suspected arson incident at the same location.|
|10/17/2016||More livestock attacked next to ND protest camp: one cow was shot, another had two arrows sticking out of its ribcage.||http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/news/agriculture/4139248-more-cattle-reported-shot-near-pipeline-protest-site-sioux-county||This is the third reported incident of slaying or wounding of livestock, all from the same rancher. 30 head of cattle are still missing.|
|10/17/2016||Chase Iron Eyes, Democratic US House Candidate from Standing Rock said in an interview that a lot of the extreme protest rhetoric is from outsiders.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/audio-democratic-house-candidate-iron-eyes-talks-nodapl-protests-campaign-fundraising/||Iron Eyes had said in the past he wasn't against the pipeline so much as he objected to the route and the process. He said Standing Rock had never said "keep it in the ground" as far as being anti-oil, and that that was from outsiders.|
|10/17/2016||Dakota Access Pipeline company offers $100,000 reward to anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for burning equipment in Iowa and causing millions of dollars in damage.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/intentional-burning-construction-equipment-dakota-access-pipeline-company-offering-100000-reward/|
|10/17/2016||Judge John Grinsteiner drops some felony charges against arrested protesters, keeps others.||http://bismarcktribune.com/felony-charges-against-protesters-put-to-the-test/article_ba86af14-5f31-59ac-9ca6-90a91cbcd843.html||Protesters have been using "sleeping dragon" devices to lock themselves together and to equipment. "Protesters have locked themselves to equipment with devices known as sleeping dragons on numerous occasions during the past two months. The contraptions are made of PVC or steel pipe glued or welded together at a 90-degree angle, Mandan Police Lt. Scott Stromsodt testified in court. People put their arms through the pipe around equipment and attach their wrists to an internal rod with a carabiner. It is possible for that person to unhook himself or herself, but anyone else would have to saw through the pipe.
Stromsodt testified as a member of the "cut team," responsible for removing protesters from large equipment. During a preliminary hearing for Maxa, he talked about the dangers associated with removing people from equipment.
Stromsodt said he was at risk of slipping and falling 10 to 12 feet while cutting Maxa down from a construction site near New Salem on Sept. 13. Because Maxa's device was made of steel, sawing it off caused sparks and shards to fly, endangering Maxa and law enforcement, he said.
Stromsodt also testified that he was also at risk of electrocution, because officers had to pour water continuously onto the pipe to protect Maxa from being burned as they used an electric saw on it.
Stromsodt said he talked to Maxa early that day, explaining the dangers of the procedure and offering him the chance to release himself. Maxa told him he might release himself at the end of the workday, but Stromsodt told him that because he was preventing legal work on the pipeline, he could not spend the day up there."
|10/17/2016||Archaelological site found by third-party cultural resource monitor who was inspecting pipeline construction sites.||http://oilpatchdispatch.areavoices.com/2016/11/01/dakota-access-delayed-telling-regulators-about-artifacts-found-in-pipeline-route/||"The project’s hired archaeologist was sent to assess the find, which was “thoroughly investigated” with photos, mapping and excavation of 17 shovel probes, the letter said. The shovel probes identified degrading sediments “with a low likelihood for buried cultural deposits,” but because there were multiple cairns in close context with Knife River flint artifacts, the principal investigator “recommended avoidance of the property,” The route was changed within the approved corridor to avoid the property. ND state chief archaeologisth, Paul Picha, said this location was further west of the area toured three days later, on Oct. 20, so those on the later tour would not have seen it. Picha said the pipeline had been rerouted in a similar fashion more than 140 times for environmental, archaeological, cultural, and landowner concerns. (http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/pipeline-company-could-face-fines-protesters-pepper-sprayed/article_9cffd473-133f-5232-a381-83645efa8dcd.html)|
|10/17/2016||Ranchers near St. Anthony talk, on video, about the harassment they are facing from protesters.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/posts/338930713125940||When asked to leave, ranchers were told it was the Nativ'es land. They have come up on horseback swinging lariats.|
|10/18/2016||North Dakota Congressional delegation, including Democrat Heidi Heitkamp, call on the Obama Administration to provide federal help in dealing with the protest, and denounced the butchering of rancher's livestock.||http://cramer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/nd-congressional-delegation-denounce-criminal-displacement-of-livestock||"When tensions are high, North Dakotans have always been able to count on one another to treat our neighbors, our land, and our livestock with dignity and respect,” said Heitkamp. “That’s what makes the news of unlawful butchering and taking of livestock so appalling. If the Administration is serious about maintaining the peace and sanctity of this land and our communities, it’s absolutely critical that it steps in with the support our local law enforcement needs to keep our ranchers, our tribes, and the protesters protected. For months I’ve been pushing our federal agencies to provide the resources and certainty North Dakotans need, and I’ll keep it up – because no family or business should have to fear for their personal safety or the safety of their property.” (http://www.heitkamp.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/1838c6f8-b49a-49ff-af13-d15ef127c225/20161017131752342.pdf)|
|10/18/2016||Two filmakers and a videographer were assaulted and threatened by protesters for 30 minutes. The journalists were with FrackNation, which was a documentary by that looked at fracking and the concerns surrounding the process.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/filmmakers-say-assaulted-nodapl-protesters-terrifying-30-minutes/||The two journalists were from CA. The videographer was from Bismarck. They arrived on October 17, and followed the protest that day with no problems. They were invited to the camp the next day, October 18. The male reporter was interviewing campers when someone became upset at the questions (he'd asked how the protesters were against oil and pipelines but used oil based products such as cars and plastic in their campaign) and tried to grab the microphone. An altercation ensued. Protest camp security told the protesters they had to leave but first had to turn over their footage. The journalists managed to get to their car and lock themselves in. Protesters surrounded the car, pounded on it and rocked it, threatened to slash tires, using dogs and sticks to continue to threaten until they got the footage, which they said they would destroy along with the camera equipment. Some protesters blocked the journalists' car with their vehicles to prevent it from leaving. The journalists called 9-1-1 for help. Law enforcement deployed several cars, air support, and a SWAT team. It was only after their arrival that the situation changed. Eventually, they were able to drive to the camp gate, though the gate was closed and blocked by a vehicle. Officers arrived, and camp security cooperated and allowed the journalists to leave. The journalists were brought to the Morton County Sheriff's department and interviewed. They said they were "scared for their life." One filmmaker said ""There is a lot of talk about love and peace at the camp but yesterday we got a look at the reality behind the talk and it was an ugly violent reality," McAleer said. "This sends a chilling message to journalists covering the Dakota Access Pipeline story. The message is you can only ask softball questions if you ask difficult questions you will be met with violence and intimidation. My fellow journalists need to report this and call them out on this intimidation of journalists just trying to do their job." Read more: https://www.facebook.com/FrackNation/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf Journalist McAleer is no stranger to threats, having covered The Troubles in Northern Ireland. But he said this was one of the most terrifying situations he's ever been in. The journalists do have footage of the event, and plan to release it. UPDATE: You can read his account of it in the NY Post https://nypost.com/2016/11/03/i-was-assaulted-by-peaceful-pipeline-protesters/ WATCH THE ACTUAL VIDEO OF THE INCIDENT HERE: (first video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RIj4uPXYn8 (second video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W044JV8PA70 (third video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGSTUn_jrx4 (fourth video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIS-XDRf-xA|
|10/18/2016||ND regulators regret that Standing Rock did not choose to join in DAPL negotiations.||http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060044395||Three 10-hour hearings had been held, but Standing Rock did not come to any of them. "The tribe's lack of involvement in the earlier stages is complicated. State and tribal governments have a long history of strained relationships, as many tribes prefer to deal with the federal government on a nation-to-nation basis."|
|10/19/2016||Pyramid Communications, the PR firm handling and helping the protesters, released their tips on how they are helping protesters and how to stay on message.||http://www.pyramidcommunications.com/3-media-tips-sticking-your-message|
|10/19/2016||Iowa woman arrested on her own property as she protested the pipeline.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Iowa-woman-arrested-on-own-property-for-interfering-with-DAPL-construction-397658841.html||She said Dakota Access used eminent domain to gain access to her property for the pipeline. Coppola and her family are part of a lawsuit brought by nine Iowa farms against Dakota Access for using eminent domain to gain easements, which they say is against Iowa state law.|
|10/19/2016||Another horse found dead near the protest site, a registered blue roan mare worth $3,000.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/another-horse-found-dead-near-nodapl-protest-site-bringing-total-8-livestock-dead-30-missing/||The dead mare was found in the same pasture where two othe cows had been found shot and injured (one with an arrow), 30 cattle had gone missing, and five other animals killed. This brings the death toll of livestock owned by ranchers near the protest camp to 6 dead, plus the two injured and the 30 cattle gone missing.|
|10/19/2016||Rep. Kevin Cramer says he does not expect a decision on the pipeline easement until after the Nov. 8 election.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/standing-rock-calls-on-doj-to-intervene-in-pipeline-situation/article_70c5f115-ca9c-5de5-814a-f90437785d3b.html|
|10/19/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault identifies tribal land that could be used for relocating the camp during the winter, but stops short of saying the camp will move.||http://www.inforum.com/news/4140191-winter-approaches-standing-rock-identifies-land-possible-camp-relocation||Cody Hall, leader of the Red Warrior Camp, has said that they will not be moving to tribal land as they are "left alone" by law enforcement while on Corps land. The tribe has received about $1.3 million in funds from outside sources that can be used to build stuctures on this land. Archambault said the location of the camp wasn't important, and that moving it wouldn't affect what the protest was about: water.|
|10/20/2016||Another official archaeological walk-through, with "no timeline attached" (i.e. no deadline for response or decision) occurred. This was for the USACE to determine the status of the DAPL easement.||http://bismarcktribune.com/dapl-seeks-assurance-on-moving-pipeline-forward/article_2a66558b-3ae8-55de-a240-10268a489d0c.html||The area under question is west of highway 1806, the site of the violent protest clash that involved dogs and security personnel. "Energy Transfer Partners, pipeline owner, was seeking additional assurance whether any part of the 1.35 miles falls under U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ jurisdiction, according to Eileen Williamson, corps spokeswoman. Williamson said the walk-through with state and tribal officials and archaeologists resulted in an agency report that will be reviewed with no timeline attached, she said." (http://billingsgazette.com/business/despite-bone-discovery-cramer-says-tour-should-give-corps-confidence/article_52f5d663-1d5d-5e17-8bbc-2533770455aa.html) (https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/standing-rock-chairman-david-archambault-losing-credibility-day/) "Two bones discovered along the pipeline route during the tour were tested by the state forensic examiner and determined to be carpal bones from a large mammal, too big to be human bones." (http://oilpatchdispatch.areavoices.com/2016/11/01/dakota-access-delayed-telling-regulators-about-artifacts-found-in-pipeline-route/)|
|10/20/2016||ND Sen. John Hoeven meets with USACE and asks them to approve the final easement for the pipeline.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Hoeven-meets-with-Corps-of-Engineers-asks-them-to-approve-Lake-Oahe-easement-for-DAPL-397825071.html||"Hoeven met with Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy to explain why the people of North Dakota need this issue to come to an end. Hoeven said the situation is causing stress for the locals who live in the area and taxing the law enforcement who deal with it on a daily basis.
“That's necessary so that life can return to normal for our farmers and ranchers in that region, and also for our law enforcement who are working very hard lives and property, but we need to have this situation resolved,” said Hoeven.
Hoeven says he has also been working to relieve law enforcement by providing them with assistance from the Emergency Management Assistance Compact which allows states to share resources during times of disaster."
|10/20/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault to give speech at UN in Geneva, Switzerland during Human Rights Council.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/standing-rock-calls-on-doj-to-intervene-in-pipeline-situation/article_70c5f115-ca9c-5de5-814a-f90437785d3b.html|
|10/22/2016||Protest on private land leads to the arrest of about 126 protesters over two-day weekend period (22-23).||http://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/sheriff-more-than-80-arrested-during-pipeline-protest-saturday||The constrcution site was in Morton County, off highway 1806. Law enforcement got a call at about 5:20 am alerting them to the protesters. About 300 protesters were there, walking three miles across private land. Some of the protesters had driven a vehicle through a field and onto the construction site, attached themselves to the vehicle, and slashed its tires. Protesters were arrested when they made a move to breach the law enforcement line. According to the source, "assault on a peace officer, reckless endangerment, engaging in a riot, criminal trespass, resisting arrest, and fleeing an officer on foot. Police say two officers were injured during the event." Highway 1806 was closed due to the protest. Depending on the source (https://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/10/24/dapl-crackdown-continues-rubber-bullets-and-mace-water-protectors-form-new-front-line), LE sprayed mace without justification, or protesters refused to obey law enforcement and provoked them to arrest some.|
|10/22/2016||Red Warrior Camp, a faction inside of the larger protest camp, tells its followers on social media that they want to increase trouble and expense for law enforcement.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/nodapl-protesters-barricade-highway-1806-hay-bales-rocks-tree-stumps/||Protesters who have been arrested have filled Morton County to capacity, and some have been transferred to other facilities. North Dakota's inmate population has been growing in recent years (partly due to the oil boom, but also stricter laws, and drug use increase in the state), making it difficult to place prisoners. (http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/crime-and-courts/3897478-north-dakotas-large-inmate-population-keeps-growing)|
|10/23/2016||Law enforcement shoots down protester's drone with foam rounds after it was hovering over an aircraft (helicopter) flying over the protest area.||http://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/morton-county-law-enforcement-shoot-down-hovering-drone-during-protests||The drone operators were not following FAA rules. The drone was damaged, though the operators managed to land it near them. The operator was criminally charged for illegal use of a drone. The man is charged with felony reckless endangerment for allegedly flying a drone near a North Dakota Highway Patrol aircraft.|
|10/23/2016||Protesters build a road blockades out of hay bales, rocks, tree stumps and other items they found, blocking HIghway 1806. The origin/owner of where the protesters got the hay bales is not clear.||http://www.wdaz.com/news/north-dakota/4143045-update-authorities-shoot-drone-protesters-build-blockade||The blockades were placed north of the Frontline Camp, on Highway 1806, south of the Cannonball River, on Highway 1806, and immediately west of Highway 1806 on County Road 134 (http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/10/24/citing-1851-treaty-water-protectors-establish-road-blockade-and-expand-frontline-nodapl). See more here: https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/nodapl-protesters-barricade-highway-1806-hay-bales-rocks-tree-stumps/ WATCH VIDEO HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9C_WupTn_A|
|10/23/2016||Protesters fire arrows at Highway Patrol Helicopter. Morton County Sheriff has photos of person firing arrows.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/video-north-dakota-law-enforcement-says-nodapl-protesters-fired-arrows-helicopter/|
|10/23/2016||Morton County releases photos and videos of the protest arrests and blockade from over the weekend for public to view.||https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0BzEKNLJqG3cwSnFGdkE0RU9EYzQ|
|10/23/2016||One of the Highway 1806 protester blockades was removed peacefully as protesters and law enforcement negotiated.||https://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/10/24/dapl-crackdown-continues-rubber-bullets-and-mace-water-protectors-form-new-front-line||"As of Sunday evening, however, water protectors had removed one of the blockades after negotiations with law enforcement, the Bismarck Tribune reported. Kichmeier told the Tribune he was “pleased that "common sense prevailed" when protesters took down the block on Highway 1806 but criticized the day's events, calling them "outright unlawful."|
|10/23/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault releases statement saying law enforcement tactics were an assault on First Amendmant Rights.||https://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/10/24/dapl-crackdown-continues-rubber-bullets-and-mace-water-protectors-form-new-front-line||Archambault also asked that the U.S. Department of Justice to “investigate the overwhelming reports and videos demonstrating clear strong-arm tactics, abuses and unlawful arrests by law enforcement” and called for “an injunction to all developments at the pipeline site to keep ALL citizens—law enforcement and protestors—safe.”|
|10/23/2016||Morton County Sheriff's department issues a press release regarding the need for additional law enforcement resources due to recent protest activities.||https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzEKNLJqG3cwVF9YV0pQZTJFT0E/view?usp=drive_web||In the release, they indicated they are receiving assistance from law enforcment from: Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Indiana.|
|10/23/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault asks the US Dept. of Justice to get involved in the tense situation evolving between law enforcement and protesters.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/standing-rock-calls-on-doj-to-intervene-in-pipeline-situation/article_70c5f115-ca9c-5de5-814a-f90437785d3b.html||“Furthermore, the DOJ should impose an injunction to all developments at the pipeline site to keep ALL citizens – law enforcement and protesters – safe,” Archambault said. “The DOJ should be enlisted and expected to investigate the overwhelming reports and videos demonstrating clear strong-arm tactics, abuses and unlawful arrests by law enforcement. [...] Archambault said the militarization of local law enforcement and enlistment of multiple law enforcement agencies from neighboring states is “needlessly escalating violence and unlawful arrests against peaceful protesters at Standing Rock. “We do not condone reports of illegal actions, but believe the majority of peaceful protesters are reacting to strong-arm tactics and abuses by law enforcement,” he said."|
|10/24/2016||Protesters move some of protest camp onto private land now owned by Dakota Access, citing the 1851 Treaty of Ft. Laramie.||http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/10/24/citing-1851-treaty-water-protectors-establish-road-blockade-and-expand-frontline-nodapl||The land in question was part of the historic Cannonball Ranch land that owner/rancher David Meyer had sold to Dakota Access in September. Meyer had sold the land due to concerns over what might happen with the protest. Protesters set up tents and teepees on the property, and took over a shop and an old home on the property. (http://www.co.morton.nd.us/vertical/Sites/%7B90CBB59C-38EA-4D41-861A-81C9DEBD6022%7D/uploads/10-27_Trespassing_on_Private_Property.pdf) You can find out more information about the treaty here: http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Deeper-look-into-the-Fort-Laramie-Treaties-and-how-they-factor-into-DAPL-discussion-400049361.html|
|10/24/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault said he supports the eminent domain claim to the Cannonball Ranch property that rancher David Meyer had sold to Dakota Access, based on the 1851 treaty.||https://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/10/24/dapl-crackdown-continues-rubber-bullets-and-mace-water-protectors-form-new-front-line||Meyer had previously worked with SRT officials and allowed them to do a historic walk-through on his property.|
|10/24/2016||Energy Transfer Partners hand delivers a letter to the ND Attorney General justifying their purchase of part of the Cannonball Ranch.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/read-dakota-access-letter-justifies-cannonball-ranch-purchase-north-dakota-attorney-general/||The company was required to provide proof that their purchase of the land was not in violation of North Dakota's anti-corporate farming law, which prohibits coporations from owning land for the purposes of farming and ranching. Former Democratic Ag Commissioner Sarah Vogel had said the sale was "sketchy". The letter states that there is no intent to farm or ranch on the land, but to keep their workers and project safe.|
|10/24/2016||ND State Rep. Kylie Oversen declares support for protesters.||https://www.facebook.com/Kylieoversen/posts/1178346658892531||Oversen is the chairwoman of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party|
|10/25/2016||Actor Mark Ruffalo arrives at the casino on Standing Rock and speaks to people there.||http://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/mark-ruffalo-joins-protest-fight||Ruffalo is an anti-fossile fuels activist. He said ""This pipeline does not have to run this route, theres pipelines that run across the north section of the state from east to west and the down the boarder of Minnesota. You already have pipelines running that way. You don't have to traverse the river twice," says Mark Ruffalo, activist.
|10/25/2016||Actor Mark Ruffalo urgers protesters to stand up against law enforcement in a video taken at the casino at Standing Rock.||https://twitter.com/Fusion/status/791330572027125760||"Every time we step forward the bad guys, the bad forces that want to keep us where we're at have to repulse back. And how do they respond? With more violence. Each time they hit us, they lose. They lose. And the more quiet and serene we are in the depths of that violence the faster we win." - Mark Ruffalo, using dramatic hand gestures.|
|10/25/2016||223 out-of-state protesters have been arrested so far in Morton County.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/protesters-try-block-assistance-north-dakota-law-enforcement-nodapl-arrests-total-223-39-states/||National Sheriff's Association releases a map showing where those arrested are from, revealing agitators from across the country have come to the protest site.|
|10/25/2016||Crow Creek Tribe in South Dakota rescinds contact with state due to their assistance given to Morton County Sheriff's Department.||http://listen.sdpb.org/post/crow-creek-rescinds-contact-state||"Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Chairman Brandon Sazue says he saw the South Dakota Highway Patrol in Morton County North Dakota last weekend where 127 were arrested for actions held against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Sazue says the tribe has canceled their tax agreement with the state, and a memorandum of understanding with the highway patrol. He says Crow Creek tax dollars won’t go to South Dakota law enforcement for helping stop activists."
|10/25/2016||Al Gore says he supports the protest agains the pipeline.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Rev-Jesse-Jackson-Al-Gore-support-Standing-Rock-Sioux-Tribes-opposition-to-Dakota-Access-Pipeline-398611721.html||"Gore said in a statement Tuesday that the pipeline "appears to be a dangerous project in blatant disregard of obvious risks to the Missouri River and with disrespect to the Standing Rock Sioux."|
|10/25/2016||In Iowa, one protester arrested as a group set up a blockade to a dump site used by the pipeline company.||http://www.democracynow.org/2016/10/25/headlines/iowa_blockade_halted_dakota_access_drilling_under_mississippi_river||Two protesters locked themselves to a barrel to blockade the road leading to the site, bringing drilling to a halt for hours.|
|10/25/2016||Online Change.org petition signed by 66,000, people most of whom are non-North Dakota residents, to have the Morton County Sheriff removed from office is reported as not valid in the state of North Dakota.||http://www.wdaz.com/news/north-dakota/4144793-popular-petition-remove-morton-county-sheriff-invalid||The petition asked Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to conduct an ethics investigation into Sheriff Kirchmeier and remove him from office. The petition was started by Felina Laverdure from Belcourt, North Dakota.|
|10/25/2016||ND PSC first learns of archaeological discovery from a third-party consultant hired by the PSC to inspect pipeline construction.||http://oilpatchdispatch.areavoices.com/2016/11/01/dakota-access-delayed-telling-regulators-about-artifacts-found-in-pipeline-route/||"Keitu Engineers and Consultants wrote in a report that inspectors learned of the discovery during an Oct. 21 inspection. The firm said it was informed by an Energy Transfer Partners environmental inspector that the discovery was made “on or about Oct. 15.” The historic preservation office said the site was protected upon discovery, flagging the area for avoidance.|
|10/26/2016||Actor Mark Ruffalo and Jesse Jackson arrive at the protest site.||http://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/jesse-jackson-plans-visit-to-protest-site||"Jackson says Native Americans who oppose the pipeline have a "moral claim to be heard" and that their burial grounds "must be honored." The civil rights leader says he plans to arrive in Bismarck on Wednesday and will stand with pipeline opponents and "if necessary, go to jail with them." Jackson has been campaigning for Hillary Clinton, but says he is diverting to North Dakota "because their case is that precious to me."|
|10/26/2016||Actor Mark Ruffalo along with the CEO of Native Renewables brought solar power to the protest camps.||http://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/mark-ruffalo-joins-protest-fight||The weather on this day was foggy and overcast.|
|10/26/2016||Protesters in Minneapolis don't want Hennepin County Sheriff's Dept. to assist Morton County Sheriff's department with the protests.||http://m.startribune.com/metro-county-deputies-deployed-to-north-dakota-pipeline-protests/398373371/||The National Sheriff's Association releases a map showing that agitators and protesters from all over the US have beseiged Morton County in North Dakota, where the protests are located. Claims that other law enforcement shouldn't be involved could be questioned if you take into account the number of non-North Dakotan outside agitators who have been arrested. See the map: https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/protesters-try-block-assistance-north-dakota-law-enforcement-nodapl-arrests-total-223-39-states/|
|10/26/2016||Morton County Sheriff's department investigation of security personnel who used dogs during a violent September 3 protest conclude they were not licensed to do security work in North Dakota.||http://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/dakota-access-pipeline-security-dog-handlers-not-licensed-in-north-dakota||The report from the Morton County Sheriff's department has been forwarded to the Morton County States Attorney's Office and the ND private Investigators Board for possible charges. Morton County's report revealed that the security companies involved, Tiger Swan and Frost Kennels could face criminal charges. The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Private Investigation and Security Board are conducting their own investigations as well. Tiger Swan has connections and offices in the Middle East, India, and Latin America (http://www.desmogblog.com/2016/10/28/private-security-firm-dakota-access-iraq-afghanistan-blackwater) and has done work with Blackwater in the past.|
|10/26/2016||Law Enforcement meets with protesters who have illegally camped on private land (Cannonball Ranch) and blocked a county and state highway. They asked them to peacefully leave and return to the protest camp on Army Corps land where law enforcement hasn't bothered them. Cass County Sheriff Laney pointed out that they were being portrayed as "jackbooted thugs" but the only time LE had engaged with protesters was when they were engaged in illegal activity (trespass, assault, vandalism, etc.). In response, protesters moved children from the front line camp sites and told Law Enforcement to "do what they had to do".||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/nodapl-movement-takes-dark-turn-organizers-tell-cops-youve-got/||Indications from protesters seem to be that they want a violent confrontation with law enforcement despite having been asked multiple times to vacate the private property and to let the courts rule. “We have the resources, we have the manpower, to go down and end this right now,” Cass County Sheriff Laney told the press in a video. “What we did again today is go down and reach out out the camps and say there is a very common sense way to deal with this. We can deal with this in the courts. You just have to leave the private property,” he continued. The response from the protesters? “Do what you’ve got to do.” Mekasi Camp-Horinek, one of the camp coordinators, told officers the protesters planned to stand their ground, saying “Do what you’ve got to do.” … Earlier Wednesday, Camp-Horinek said in an interview the group would continue protesting with prayer and song and children had been relocated from the frontline camp back to the Oceti Sakowin camp. “This is a last stand right here,” he said “We’re not going to move.”|
|10/26/2016||Morton County rancher Doug Hille writes an open letter to actor Mark Ruffalo, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and activist Jesse Jackson urging them to stop fracturing the community. Hille was reportedly not a supporter of the pipeline himself.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/doug-hille-open-letter-rev-jesse-jackson-mark-ruffalo-leonardo-dicaprio/||"My family and I, and my neighbors, have become targets of intimidation tactics and threats because we live here, not because we support the pipeline. The roving groups of demonstrators have not allowed us to get our crops, hay and cattle moved in a timely manner. The costs – financial, physical, emotional and environmental – that we are incurring are substantial. We do not understand why we, as innocent bystanders, have been targeted by the protest movement. The clear majority of my Native American friends and neighbors are law-abiding. But these out-of-state rioters and agitators have terrorized our community, stolen and slaughtered our livestock, vandalized our property, frightened our children, and blocked roads that we use to move our cattle and grain to market and that ambulances use to transport people to the hospital. Some rioters carry fake rifles, looking like real weapons from afar, scaring us and trying to provoke law enforcement to harm them. They have stacked hay bales, trees and rocks to block our community’s main arteries. [...] This is not Beverly Hills. If protesters showed up outside your home, you would be quick to call the police to help, yet you’ve spoken out against the same response from our local law enforcement. They’re doing the best they can to help mitigate the issues and do not need any more outside agitators adding to their struggle.|
So, before returning to the movie set, the red carpets and the next protest, please know that we’re here as well. So are our Native American friends, co-workers and families; people who are tied to us through our shared history. We aren’t leaving, but you eventually will. Don’t leave our community more fractured than it already is. Please consider the impact the protest is having on innocent people before you show support for any side of this conflict. Don’t ignore our plight."
|10/26/2016||FAA places a TFR (temporary flight restriction) over the protest area until November 5, due to recent threats to aircraft including drones and arrows aimed at aircraft. Surface to 3500 MSL (~2000 AGL) is restricted to aircraft in support of law enforcement unless they have special permission to fly below 3500 MSL.||!FDC 6/7258 ZMP ND..AIRSPACE CANNONBALL, ND..TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS WI AN AREA DEFINED AS 4 NM RADIUS OF 462626N1003752W (BIS164019.3) SFC-3500FT MSL LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATION. PURSUANT TO 14 CFR SECTION 91.137(A)(1) TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT. ONLY RESPONSE ACFT IN SUPPORT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT ACT UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE NORTH DAKOTA TACTICAL OPERATION CENTER AND ACFT APPROVED BY ATC IN COORDINATION WITH THE DOMESTIC EVENTS NETWORK ARE AUTHORIZED IN THE AIRSPACE. NORTH DAKOTA TACTICAL OPERATION CENTER TELEPHONE 701-667-3224 IS IN CHARGE OF ON SCENE EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACT. MINNEAPOLIS /ZMP/ ARTCC TELEPHONE 651-463-5580 IS THE FAA COORDINATION FACILITY. MEDIA CONCERNS REGARDING THIS TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO FAA PUBLIC AFFAIRS THROUGH THE WASHINGTON OPS CENTER AT 202-267-3333. 1610261645-1611051700|
|10/26/2016||Standing Rock resident Mary Hollenbeck calls on people to consider the plight of drugs, alcohol, and abuse on Standing Rock instead of fixating on this protest.||https://www.facebook.com/mary.hollenbeck.33/posts/10154617726719603?pnref=story|
|10/26/2016||SRT Archambault travels to NYC to receive various honors and support for protest from organizations there. He appears on Lawrence O'Donnell's show on MSNBC.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/chairman-archambault-today-nodapl-protesters-rioted/||ND Gov. Dalrymple said in a press conference he'd repeatedly asked Archambault to ask his people to protest peacefully and stop illegal activities. Archambault spoke forcefully on MSNBC that oil was bad, neglecting to mention he owns a gas station near the protest site. (https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/nodapl-protesters-trying-make-something-bad-happen-get-attention/)|
|10/26/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault and ND Gov. Dalrymple have a phone call regarding the protesters camped on private land (Cannonball Ranch) and their road blockades.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/tribal-chairman-says-it-is-not-too-late-to-halt/article_1bf1208f-b4d3-57fa-b9e2-6c69d7d85fc1.html||"Archambault also said he tried to avert the forcible removal of protesters during a phone conversation with Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Wednesday. He said the governor told him to ask the protesters to leave the land. In response, Archambault said he asked the governor to stop construction near the Missouri River, where the federal government has also asked the pipeline company to pause work pending an easement under the river. Why are you allowing this company to continue to construct when people's safety is at risk?" he recalled asking Dalrymple. Dalrymple referenced the call during a Thursday press conference, saying he asked Archambault to send people back to the main camp on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land, and the chairman refused. Dalrymple said it was important to keep asking the tribal council to encourage peaceful protest. His spokesman did not return a call for further comment Saturday afternoon."|
|10/26/2016||Spirit Windwalker, member of the protest camp, says law enforcement has been "pretty respectful" but also claims law enforcement does private security work for DAPL in their off-hours.||http://www.wanderernews.com/2016/10/27/protestors-expect-impending-clash-with-police-within-48-hours/||“The thing is, when the police get off work, they keep their uniforms on and take off their patches to do security work for DAPL.” “There’s no reason for anyone to get hurt from either side, but this is a really sacred spot,” he said. “The cops have actually been really respectful all things considered. they’ve honored that we don’t allow weapons here and don’t come in.” Windwalker said that when police do eventually come, they’ll use gas, dogs and audio cannons. “But historically, in other action situations, the police usually give fair warning and a deadline to disperse before the arrests,” Windwalker said.|
|10/26/2016||Chief Arvol Looking Horse calls on religious leaders to support the protest.||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjsZFJHcOL0|
|10/26/2016||Protester attorney Bruce Ellison gives an interview to SDPB.||http://listen.sdpb.org/post/dakota-midday-bruce-ellison-dapl-resistance||Ellison, former AIM attorney and legal representation for Leonard Peltier (and eventually Red Fawn Fallis) blames law enforcement, the state of North Dakota, and everyone but the protesters. He claims LE are using assault rifles (never mentioning they only have foam rounds in all guns), that protesters aren't hurting landowners beyond walking on the land and planting a few trees, that they are not at all violent, have no weapons, and effectively regurgitates every propaganda point the protest used against the people in the state of North Dakota.|
|10/27/2016||Construction continues on pipeline near Cannonball Ranch area where protest confrontation is happening.||https://twitter.com/cgrueskin/status/791707368618860545||Dakota Access had been asked by federal government to willingly cease construction in a 20 mile radius, even though the construction was on private land and not federal land. They continued with construction.|
|10/27/2016||The deadline for Energy Transfer Partners to show their purchase of 6,000 acres David Meyer's land (Cannonball Ranch) was not in violation of ND's anti-corporate farming law. Meyer had sold it to the oil company over frustration and concerns about protesters activities on his land, and liability.||http://bismarcktribune.com/dapl-seeks-assurance-on-moving-pipeline-forward/article_2a66558b-3ae8-55de-a240-10268a489d0c.html||The company delivered a letter three days before the deadline, indicating that since they were not farming or ranching on the land, and purchased it for safety reasons, they were not in violation of ND law. They also suggested that when this was over, they might sell most of the land back, and only keep some for non-agricultural purposes.|
|10/27/2016||Charges are filed against two individuals involved in the October 18 confrontation with Irish journalists in the protest camp.||http://www.co.morton.nd.us/vertical/Sites/%7B90CBB59C-38EA-4D41-861A-81C9DEBD6022%7D/uploads/10-27_charges_filed.pdf||James White and Kareen Lewis are charged with felonius restraint. There are three other individuals of interest that law enforcement would like more information about as seen in the video the journalists took. White is also charged with reckless endangerment, as he drove at high speeds into a ditch and onto a road with people in the truck bed. They drove past the patrol vehicle, and all occupants left the truck and stood on the road. White attempted to block a deputy's vehicle so the deputy drove around on the left side of the road. White and the other occupants got back in the vehicle to purse the deputy's vehicle, and another protest vehicle joined in pursuit. Highway patrol attempted to stop White, but ended the pursuit as it reached high rates of speed.|
|10/27/2016||Law enforcement begins removing illegal roadblocks and protesters who set up camp on private property (Cannonball Ranch)||http://www.co.morton.nd.us/vertical/Sites/%7B90CBB59C-38EA-4D41-861A-81C9DEBD6022%7D/uploads/10-27_Trespassing_on_Private_Property.pdf||Thursday morning at 11:15 authorities began taking steps to remove the illegal roadblocks and protesters trespassing on private property near Highway 1806 on the Cannonball Ranch property. Protesters had set up tents and teepees on the private property, and also took over a shop and old home on the private property.|
|10/27/2016||Law Enforcement told protesters they were free to go, to leave the roadblocks and Cannonball Ranch property. LE asked them to return to their protest camp. Protesters responded by setting tires on fire on Highway 1806 and on Backwater Bridge.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/posts/345324282486583||Law enforcement asked protesters to move so they could put the fire out. Protesters did not, though there was disagreement among them as to whether they should or not (https://twitter.com/cgrueskin/status/791700992492466176). LE used a Long Range Acoustic device which sends a high-pitched warning tone and is used to disperse crowds. Protesters threw 2x4, sticks, rocks, used mace and homemade explosive devices at law enforcement. Law enforcement responds with pepper spray and rubber bullets. (https://twitter.com/cgrueskin/status/791749599807418368, https://twitter.com/cgrueskin/status/791745019606503424, https://twitter.com/cgrueskin/status/791729978362761216). Protesters, after setting fire to tires, begin saying "don't shoot, hands up" at law enforcement (https://twitter.com/cgrueskin/status/791695954424528896). Eventually they will start two ND National Guard vehicles on fire as well. UPDATE: Video released by law enforcement shows some protesters trying to dismantle the roadblock and comply with LE, while fights break out among the protesters who don't want this. Other video shows a Native American elder, clearly upset, saying the young protesters would not listen to them, and that they did not want this. Video shows law enforcement repeatedly giving protesters time to disperse, and even go back after it was all done to pick up their belongings. (https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/powerful-video-tribal-elder-tells-cops-told-not-nodapl-riot/)|
|10/27/2016||Protesters set Backwater Bridge on fire using debris near and on it.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/posts/345336759152002|
|10/27/2016||Police form line and slowly move protesters down the highway as a private buffalo herd in a nearby pasture was herded to a run by protesters on horseback towards the fence line.||https://www.facebook.com/BakkenFail/posts/1137378206353828||In live video from Facebook user Atsa E'sha Hoferer (https://www.facebook.com/esha.hoferer), protesters went out into the private property pasture of a rancher and began chasing his buffalo herd around. Protesters began cheering that "the buffalo people are coming" and encouraged those on horseback to keep running the herd. Young calves could be seen caught up in the stampede. This is the same rancher who had one of his buffalo killed previously. Some of the protesters wore scarves and face coverings so they could not be identified. You can see other video regarding this herding incident elsewhere (http://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/buffalo-herded-towards-conflict-thursday#.WBQIP-2J4kg.facebook). Law enforcement slowly continued their line, with a loudspeaker saying that vehicles and people had to continue moving. Other protester video (https://www.facebook.com/darcy.frohlichrueb/posts/10207646632463542) shows young protesters who had ridden their horses to chase the buffalo herd with horses that had blood knicks and cuts on their legs which were, according to the riders, from rubber bullets. On video, they said it happened when they "went back in for the buffalo" indicating this was a repeated attempt to herd the buffalo. Helicopters had to be used to turn the stampeding herd back from the fence line where the protesters had attempted to run the buffalo herd into the law enforcement area. Dallas Goldtooth, an activist, said that law enforcement used ATVs to get the riders out of the pasture and that in the process a horse had been hurt badly enough to be put down. (https://www.facebook.com/dallasgoldtooth/posts/10105870218846183) Owners of the herd said at least 12 buffalo were killed by the protesters. Protesters had cut the ranchers fence and were driving the herd towards that. (http://www.thv11.com/mb/news/local-sheriff-shares-testimony-from-north-dakota-experience/346183392) SEE VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/KFYRtv/videos/10154029255954103/ UPDATE: Some of the owners are Native Americans themselves and talk about the harm that has happened to their herds here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/nov/14/dakota-access-pipeline-reservation-ranchers-strugg/|
|10/27/2016||Law enforcement formed a horseshoe shaped formation around the protesters, using bean bag rounds and pepper spray to get protesters to move when they refused to move off of the state highway.||http://www.kgw.com/news/armed-police-begin-operation-to-clear-pipeline-protest-camp/343201762||Protesters began slashing the tires of vehicles parked alongside the roadway in an attempt to slow their efforts. (https://twitter.com/cgrueskin/status/791691481098641408)|
|10/27/2016||Protesters start two fires on the Backwater Bridge and begin throwing Molotov Cocktails at law enforcement.||https://twitter.com/KFYRTV/status/791801479606722560|
|10/27/2016||Shots reported fired at the protest site. A private citizen was run off the road by protesters and shot, among other incidents.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/BREAKING-Morton-Co-says-shots-fired-at-DAPL-protest-camp-398958241.html||LE was not involved in the shootings and did not fire back. "In one situation, a private individual was run off the road by protesters and shot in the hand. The victim had a firearm in his vehicle at the time he was shot, and he is being treated for injuries (LE was not present - this incident happened near Backwater Bridge). At the Dakota Access Front Line Camp on Highway 1806 a woman was arrested for firing three shots from a .38 caliber revolver at law enforcement, narrowly missing a sheriff's deputy. She was taken into custody without force by law enforcement. There were also reports of 10 shots fired in the area, possibly by local hunters. The incident is under investigation. They are also reporting one woman arrested for firing weapon near police line at Front Line Camp. There are injuries related to that incident. Law enforcement was not involved in either incident." Response on social media included hopes that protesters were "on target" and successful in taking down law enforcement.|
|10/27/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault releases statement regarding confrontation with law enforcement and protesters, stating law enforcement was responsible for escalation and that protesters were peaceful and prayerful.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Standing-Rock-Sioux-Tribe-responds-to-law-enforcement-escalation-at-DAPL-protest-site-398966791.html||"Militarized law enforcement agencies moved in on water protectors with tanks and riot gear today. We continue to pray for peace. We call on the state of North Dakota to oversee the actions of local law enforcement to, first and foremost, ensure everyone’s safety. The Department of Justice must send overseers immediately to ensure the protection of First Amendment rights and the safety of thousands here at Standing Rock. DOJ can no longer ignore our requests. If harm comes to any who come here to stand in solidarity with us, it is on their watch. They must step in and hold the state of North Dakota and Morton County accountable for their acts of violence against innocent, prayerful people.. [...] We have repeatedly seen a disproportionate response from law enforcement to water protectors’ nonviolent exercise of their constitutional rights. Today we have witnessed people praying in peace, yet attacked with pepper spray, rubber bullets, sound and concussion cannons. We urge state and federal government agencies to give this tense situation their immediate and close attention. We also call on the thousands of water protectors who stand in solidarity with us against DAPL to remain in peace and prayer. Any act of violence hurts our cause and is not welcome here." Archambault did not mention the tire fires, molotove cocktails, gun shots, tire slashing, stampeding of a private buffalo herd, and defiance of law enforcement requests to peacefully return to the protest camp.|
|10/27/2016||A protester says he is ready to die for the protest cause because "prayer isn't working."||https://twitter.com/cgrueskin/status/791707801143869440||Another protester, Didi Banerji, said the same thing (https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/nodapl-protesters-trying-make-something-bad-happen-get-attention/) suggesting the protesters want something big to happen for attention.|
|10/27/2016||Someone lights Dakota Access pipeline equipment on fire near Cannonball Ranch area. A total of 9 vehicles are torched, including a construction company bulldozer, two National Guard vehicles, and others.||https://twitter.com/cgrueskin/status/791761025393491968||http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/north-dakota/4146976-clash-near-cannon-ball-subsides-protesters-law-enforcement-report|
|10/27/2016||141 people were arrested today as law enforcement removed protesters from private property at Cannonball Ranch and on County Road 134.||https://twitter.com/KFYRTV/status/791815685521469440||One woman being arrested by law enforcement fired three shots at officials, with a .38 UPDATE: Further proof that Red Fawn Fallis did fire three shots has come out in testimony. http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/three-spent-casings-found-in-protester-s-revolver-atf-agent/article_f186c185-012f-5cfa-9c19-4257fb3fad72.html|
|10/27/2016||Actor Mark Ruffalo goes on CNN, after spending one day in the protest camp, saying that law enforcement were very aggressive.||http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/27/politics/mark-ruffalo-north-dakota-pipeline-protests/||He claimed law enforcement had broken the arms of a girl. He noted some were strip searched when arrested for trespassing. "Ruffalo also described an "encounter with the police" in which he said he witnessed attempts by law enforcement to intimidate fellow protesters."There was two police officers with AR-15's with their fingers right next to the trigger with their dark sunglasses on. Very, very aggressive," said Ruffalo. Ruffalo told Tapper that all the protesters at the site had been trained in peaceful resistance. "It's very scary and these people are just like us," he added. "We can't forget our humanity in the face of these kinds of things."" Ruffalo did not mention the molotov cocktails, shooting, trespass, vandalism, wasp spray, boards, tire fires, etc.|
|10/27/2016||The governors from North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa write to the Army Corps, requesting that the final stretch of pipeline be permitted to finish.||http://www.grandforksherald.com/opinion/our-opinion/4146899-our-opinion-false-claims-hurt-dakota-access-pipeline-protesters#.WBNOBDQgBO8.facebook|
|10/27/2016||Actor Chris Hemsworth uses his Instagram account to show solidarity with the protesters.||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-pipeline-idUSKCN12S2JI||The list of celebrities who support the protest now include: Shailene Woodley, Susan Sarandon, Riley Keough, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Al Gore, Jesse Jackson, Jaden Smith, Willow Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Johnny Depp. "The support of famous people has frustrated Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, who said on Thursday he resented being asked by "outsiders and millionaire Hollywood actors" to let "agitators and rioters" break the law." No word yet on how these celebrities would respond if 300 people started camping in and on their property and lighting tire fires. (http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2016/11/06/avengers-stars-band-together-to-support-dakota-access-pipeline-protestors.html)|
|10/27/2016||Oregon standoff participants aquitted.||http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/28/us/bundy-brothers-acquitted-in-takeover-of-oregon-wildlife-refuge.html?_r=0||While this has no real bearing on the DAPL protest, many protesters are using it as proof that this is a racial battle and that white people get acquitted. None has noted that the Sheriff and law enforcement in that area were the "bad guys" according to these far right standoff participants, and were disappointed in the outcome. So was the governor, and other law officials. Yet in this DAPL protest, the sheriff and the law enforcement are the bad guys for doing the same thing their counterparts did in Oregon (which resulted in the shooting death of one of the white participants by feds). In Oregon, they were aquitted by a jury of their peers. Here, the protesters are refusing to even allow the courts to work and are being judge and jury by taking over private land owned by fellow citizens. But you now see protesters using this aqcuittal as proof that law enforcement is racist, even though the LE in the Oregon case were pitted agains the white standoff participants and actually killed one. Also, President Obama moved immediately on those on federal land in the Oregon standoff, but has allowed the protest camps to reside on federal land without permits without making any effort at taking the same action. As Valerie Richardson notes in the Washington Times "Both protests began with illegal takeovers of federal property. Both had leaders who described their actions as peaceful despite indications to the contrary. What happened next has led to accusations of political favoritism at the hands of an administration more sympathetic to the environmental movement than the public lands cause. The FBI and other federal agents were on the ground immediately after several dozen activists took over a vacant headquarters building Jan. 2 at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon. Fast forward to North Dakota, where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has for nearly three months allowed protesters to camp out on federal property near Cannon Ball, citing First Amendment concerns, even as they use the parcel as a launching pad for sieges on the privately owned pipeline construction site."|
|10/27/2016||National Sheriff's Association sends a letter to US Attny. General Loretta Lynch, accusing a Tribal Chairman relative (SRT ARchambault's sister Jodi Gillette) and a BIA executive of actively trying to thwart the authorization of federal law enforcement involvement. The letter notes Dem. Senator Heidi Heitkamp has expressed similar frustration in the federal government's lack of desire to get involved. Gillette had been President Obama's senior policy advisor for Native American affairs until she left that position in 2015 to become a lobbyist.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/national-sheriffs-association-alleges-effort-thwart-federal-assistance-nodapl-protests/||"Sheriff Kirchmeier is faced with a well-orchestrated campaign to undermine his department’s lawful obligation and authority to protect life and property. They are now illegally preventing the completion of a project under the guise of environmental and cultural concerns an obvious ruse. They are threatening ranchers and farms and trespassing onto private property to intimidate and scare local citizens. It is nothing less than lawless behavior perpetrated by professional protesters with no vested interest in the Pipeline nor any ties to the communities they claim will be affected. There are now vocal concerns that one Tribal Chairman’s sister has exercised her influence as a White House staffer and a Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs executive to actively thwart the authorization of federal law enforcement reinforcements. If true, this behavior warrants a formal investigation of those complicit in aggravating this situation. To protect his county, its citizens, and ensure lawful commerce can continue, Sheriff Kirchmeier is relying on the good graces of other states willing to provide manpower to back-up the Morton County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). The men and women of MCSO have been working extraordinary hours since August. They have repeatedly sought support from their federal law enforcement partners. However, they have been told that, beyond meaningless statements, no further support would be forthcoming. Even after the alleged protesters took refuge on federal property, no action to limit their growth or their ability to stage illegal riots on private property has been taken. From our perspective, the federal government’s inaction is tantamount to supporting (and encouraging) dangerous behavior by the same individuals committed to creating economic and community chaos. [...] Law enforcement has to abide by a host of legitimate methods and means to protect its citizens and their communities. Similarly, they have an obligation to protect the right of protesters to exercise their free speech. When 2,500 protesters are threatening, intimidating, and using guerrilla tactics to stop a legal commercial initiative, something is terribly wrong with our civilization.|
|10/27/2016||Dakota Access formally notifies ND PSC of an unanticipated archaeological discovery 10 days after finding it on Oct. 17.||"Commission Chairwoman Julie Fedorchak said she’s disappointed the company didn’t notify the PSC at the same time as the State Historic Preservation Office. “I was very upset when I found out about it and asked for immediate information,” she said. Fedorchak said the three-member commission plans to discuss the matter and the possibility of fining Dakota Access during its meeting at 10 a.m. Nov. 1 at the State Capitol." SRT was not involved in evaluating the find. The site was protected and flagged for avoidance upon discovery.|
|10/27/2016||Journalist Adam Schrader is arrested.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/journalist-arrested-at-pipeline-protest/article_4df76157-c2ab-57cc-9f2c-936a94bfb5b1.html||When he was arrested, Schrader was on the Cannonball Ranch property. "Schrader said he was arrested shortly after he witnessed officers holding cans of pepper spray. He said he went back to his rental car, put his camera and voice recorder on the front seat, then went back to the "front lines" and asked an officer about the use of pepper spray. He was arrested a minute later. He said the officer who arrested him yelled loudly, "Resisting arrest! Resisting arrest!’” Schrader said he was initially told he was going to be charged with resisting arrest, but later saw his charges were changed. He said he was placed in ill-fitted plastic zip-tie handcuffs, taken to Morton County Jail and then transferred to Mercer County Jail, where he stayed until Saturday. [...] When it comes to detaining journalists along with protesters, Preskey said Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier's "stance has been don’t violate the laws." “Everyone was given the same directions, and journalists were treated just like anybody else. If they were committing a crime, breaking the law, they were arrested," she said. Lucy Dalglish, dean of the journalism school at the University of Maryland and former executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, said she's not surprised. "Situations like this, everybody's really nervous. Everybody's tense. Everybody's just waiting for somebody else to behave really badly, and they're scared," she said. Dalglish recommends journalists follow police orders and stay away from people who are committing acts of violence. "A police officer sees a situation where rocks are flying or somebody is getting punched, they are not going to take the time to look at the press pass around your neck and say, 'Oh, you,'" she said. "Basically, if you're told to get out of the way, get out of the way. If people are pulling out sticks and stones and bricks .... whatever you do, do not bend over and touch anything," she said." Schrader said he was arrested to keep him from reporting. He compared law enforcement to a totalitarian regime, though he and other protesters had been asked to vacate the private property before arrests were made. Other news personnel were present that day and were not arrested. NOTE: Schrader did an interview with a protester the day before in which he incorrectly identified a TFR as a "no fly zone". This is a crucial inaccuracy that a journalist should know. Additionally, the protester told him in that interview he should not be there or he would be arrested. Other media were present that day and were not arrested because they were not participating in the protest with the protesters.|
|10/27/2016||Video shows that law enforcement gave protesters a chance to retrieve their belongings from the private property they were evicted from.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/powerful-video-tribal-elder-tells-cops-told-not-nodapl-riot/||Later stories by protesters and even the Bismarck Tribune seemed to suggest they were not given a chance to do so. In the video, law enforcement is giving them the chance if they want to do so.|
|10/27/2016||Tribal elder tells law enforcement "I'm with you on this" regarding the removal of protesters lighting tire and vehicle fires on Backwater Bridge.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/powerful-video-tribal-elder-tells-cops-told-not-nodapl-riot/||"...shows a man named Robert who describes himself as a tribal elder talking to law enforcement officers who were slowly advancing on the highway barricade.
“I’m with you on this,” Robert tells the officers in the line. The pain and anxiety is clear in his face. He’s upset about what’s happening, and his blame is not toward the cops.
“We’ve been trying to tell them not to block the roadway, but they do not listen to us the elders,” he continues.
“We’re with you on this,” he adds. “We do not want the roadway blocked. There’s a way to do this and a way not to do this.”"
|10/28/2016||Two National Guard trucks set on fire by protesters were still smoldering on the highway the next morning. A total of 9 vehicles were torched the previous day, including the two National Guard vehicles and the construction company's bulldozer, among others. (http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/north-dakota/4146976-clash-near-cannon-ball-subsides-protesters-law-enforcement-report)||http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/north-dakota/4146976-clash-near-cannon-ball-subsides-protesters-law-enforcement-report||"At sun up Friday, the confrontation appeared to have subdued after a day in which officers faced a barrage of homemade explosives, rocks, logs, bottles and debris thrown by protesters. In return, law enforcement in riot gear arrested 141 people, deployed pepper spray and non-lethal deterrents — including batons, bean bag rounds and a piercing sound cannon — in an effort to sweep the camps and roadblocks. [...] Aaron Johnson, who lives in Cannon Ball and is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, prayed near the trucks Friday.|
“I was praying for the destruction to stop,” Johnson said, adding a few young people who are not Standing Rock Sioux members instigated the aggressive acts. “I’m not here for violence. I’m here for peace and prayer,” he said. “It makes me want to cry.”
|10/28/2016||Law enforcement begins maintaining a continuous presence at Backwater Bridge, where Molotov Cocktails and a shooting occured the previous day.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/posts/345931005759244||National guard vehicles and personnel also seem to be present.|
|10/28/2016||Rob Port reports on possibility that the Ft. Laramie Treaty might require Standing Rock to accept the pipeline. The treaty is what protesters used as a reason for being present on Cannonball Ranch.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/fort-laramie-treaty-actually-requires-standing-rock-accept-pipeline/||"Per the tribe’s history page, they take the text of this treaty seriously. “The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe stands by its right to self-government as a sovereign nation, which includes taking a government-to-government stance with the states and federal government entities,” their website states. “Having signed treaties as equals with the United States Government in 1851 and in 1868, which established the original boundaries of the Great Sioux Nation. The tribe staunchly asserts these treaty rights to remain steadfast and just as applicable today as on the day they were made. [...] It’s worth reiterating that no part of the Dakota Access Pipeline is on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation as those boundaries are recognized today. So when the tribe and the environmental extremists they’ve made common cause with claim that the pipeline is on “treaty land” I don’t think they have a case. And that means the Fort Laramie Treaty really isn’t all that relevant here. But even if it was, it seems like the path forward for the pipeline would be clear under a clear reading of the text of the treaty. The tribe must accept “works of utility” as long as they’re paid a sort of easement."|
|10/28/2016||Law enforcement aprehends a private security person who carried an automatic weapon and had been reported by protesters as firing shots. UPDATE: Video and information surfaces, however, that suggests the worker was T-boned by another vehicle, and forced out of his truck by a mob of protesters. (https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/man-seen-gun-nodapl-protest-tells-story-facebook/) After he left his truck, protesters torched his truck.||http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/north-dakota/4146976-clash-near-cannon-ball-subsides-protesters-law-enforcement-report||"The Indigenous Environmental Network said “water protectors” acted quickly to stop a Dakota Access Pipeline private security guard carrying an automatic rifle heading towards camp but who attempted to leave in a pickup. “One protector stopped the assailant’s vehicle with their own before the security guard fled to nearby waters, weapon in hand,” the group said in a news release. “Bureau of Indian Affairs police arrived on scene and apprehended him.” Nedra Darling, a spokeswoman for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, said in an email late Friday morning that the BIA “received a report of a man shooting a firearm” and responded because state and county officers were busy. BIA officers arrested the man, who was taken into FBI custody. The case has been transferred to the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Darling said in an email." People on the scene found ID and paperwork that said DAPL, indicating he worked for the pipeline company. Dakota Access said that the badge didn't mean he worked for them, but was like a "guest badge when you go offices for a meeting." Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier two days later asked for a full report from law enforcement on this private security individual, and wants to see the man charged with attempted murder. (http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/4147914-protest-camp-growing-tribal-chairmen-condemn-law-enforcement-aggression) UPDATE: The pipeline worker involved, who was not contacted by the Bismark Tribune or other news outlets, told a very different story. Protester video does NOT disagree with his description of events. (https://www.facebook.com/kyle.thompson.5891004/posts/829555763853375)|
|10/28/2016||Native American spokesperson says that the pipeline chose the route south of Bismarck because north would impact white people. She says that the protest is a movement not about oil and water, but "first and foremost, about Native liberation, Native self-determination and Native survival."||http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/38165-how-to-talk-about-nodapl-a-native-perspective||The Army Corps stated that the northern crossing of the Missouri River would have impacted more land and wetlands, as well as being close to the water intake source for the large city of Bismarck. The water intake for Standing Rock is in the process of being moved to Mobridge, South Dakota (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-north-dakota-pipeline-water-idUSKBN13H27D), and so the current pipeline location will not be next to it. The current route disturbs less land and water resources based on USACE surveys. If the problem with the pipeline is that it crosses any water, suggesting that it would be better to cross the water further north seems contrary to a "water is life" stance.|
|10/28/2016||Standoff continues between protesters and law enforcement on bridge between the main protest camp and the north camp on private land that law enforcement had evacuated a day earlier, but tribal elders kept protesters calm. Only one arrest ensued.||Protesters were pushed back from roads and private property to their main camp on Corps Land. "Tribal elders intervened Friday when a small contingent of pipeline opponents wanted to hold their ground on the bridge, eventually pushing the group back a safe distance away from the bridge. “We don’t want anybody arrested anymore. There’s been enough of that,” called out a camp representative from a loudspeaker."|
|10/28/2016||Backwater Bridge remained closed and under law enforcement protection. It cannot reopen until safety inspections deem it safe due to fires set by protesters a day earlier.||This bridge is used by the ranchers and private citizens to get to their homes and property in that area.|
|10/28/2016||Bureau of Criminal Affairs processed the camps law enforcement evacuated from private land the previous day, checking for possible threats and evidence before turning it over to law enforcement.||Law enforcement had tribal elders go into the camps once BCI was through to properly remove the teepees.|
|10/28/2016||More than 70 vehicles parked along state Highway 1806 were towed.||From Morton County: Vehicles removed Thursday and Friday from the Highway 1806 area of the protest site have been cleared through Morton County Sheriff's Department. The vehicles can be released to their owners. Contact Ace Towing in Bismarck. (https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/posts/346121869073491)|
|10/28/2016||Protesters claimed law enforcement acted with excessive force by using non-lethal bean bag and sponge rounds, and pepper spray, during the standoff. Protesters threw feces, rocks, Molotov cocktails, boards, lighting tires on fire, and using pepper spray against law enforcement.||"The Indigenous Environmental Network said officers “violently cleared” the camp and used percussion grenades and shotguns with non-lethal ammunition. At least one person was Tased and the barbed hook lodged in his face, just below his eye, the group said.|
Blake Finley of San Diego said he saw “excessive” law enforcement tactics, including a young man who fell off his horse after being attacked with both rubber bullets and a concussion grenade. “That felt like a war zone,” he said.
Oscar Gonzalez, part of a group called Houston Stands with Standing Rock, was among those hit with a rubber bullet Thursday, leaving red marks on his leg and stomach. Gonzales has also demonstrated against the Dakota Access Pipeline at a Texas office of Energy Transfer Partners. “We are doing the same demonstrations in Houston and our law enforcement doesn’t treat us like that,” he said.
Gonzalez, who said he is a medicine keeper and descendant of the Karankawa and the Mexica, said he was praying at the front lines when he was hurt. “They have no regard for our traditions,” Gonzalez said." “We only used the force necessary to diffuse the situation,” said Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind, who said he had feces thrown on him.
Kirchmeier said he was proud of the officers, saying they “responded with patience and professionalism and showed continuous restraint throughout the entire event.” In one instance, Niewind said a woman pulled a .38-caliber revolver and fired three shots in the direction of officers and other protesters after being taken to the ground for resisting arrest -- an account disputed by some protesters. “It’s unbelievable that a law enforcement officer was not shot yesterday,” he said. UPDATE: Law enforcement releases video of the day, showing footage of Native American elders saying they sided with the police and did not want the violent confrontations of that day but that the protesters would not listen to the elders. (https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/powerful-video-tribal-elder-tells-cops-told-not-nodapl-riot/)
|10/28/2016||A total of 411 people have been arrested since the protest began, most from out of state.||"Those arrested were processed in Mandan and taken to jails in Bismarck, Mandan, Fargo, Devils Lake and Washburn"|
|10/28/2016||Amnesty International sent observers to monitor law enforcement, and called on the US Department of Justice to investigate.||They had sent observers earlier in August, too. "“We’re deeply concerned about what we heard during our previous visit to Standing Rock and what has been reported to us since,” spokesman Eric Ferrero said in a news release.
Dallas Goldtooth, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network, said some of the visuals the water protectors saw Thursday were similar to what their ancestors experienced. “What happened yesterday was very triggering to a lot of native people,” Goldtooth said. “What happened yesterday caused a lot of trauma.”" No word from these outside observation groups on whether or not the events have been triggering or traumatic for the ranchers and citizens who live in the community who have had their property and daily lives threatened, and whose loved ones work for law enforcement.
|10/28/2016||Labor groups praise the efforts of law enforcement, thanking them and denouncing the protest groups.|
|10/28/2016||More dead livestock are found in pastures near protest sites: four bison were butchered, and two cows killed and burned out in the pasture. The bison and cattle were not owned by the same rancher.||The ND Stockman's Association reported these killinings. They have not officially associated them with the protesters. The previous day protesters chased a herd of buffalo towards the highway, and online and on video praised the "sacred buffalo people". This brings a total of five privately owned buffalo slaughtered.|
|10/28/2016||ND State Rep. Kylie Oversen condemns violence at protest sites.||http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/politics/4147499-oversen-violence-dakota-access-protest-site-not-acceptable||""From the beginning, we have made clear that violence, from or against any party, is not acceptable," she wrote in an email Friday afternoon. "I again condemn any violence occurring at the protest sites and hope state and tribal leadership can commit to finding a nonviolent response to this ongoing conflict."|
Oversen's Republican opponents in the District 42 race issued a news release Friday afternoon calling on the Democratic incumbent to "condemn the illegal, violent actions of the pipeline protesters she publicly endorsed just two months ago," a reference to an Aug. 24 Facebook post in which Oversen said, "To my friends on the front lines, I stand with you." Oversen said in a follow-up email that she was referring to friends participating in a "peaceful protest." Oversen is not re-elected on Nov. 8 and loses here seat in the ND legislature.
|10/28/2016||Facebook user Macario Guzman suggests that the families of the law enforcement and pipeline workers should be targeted for violence in the coming year.||https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153839262027657&set=p.10153839262027657&type=3&theater||Guzman currently lives in Modesto, California. His Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/macario.guzman.7 As this protest grows, continued threats and doxing of LE personnel, emergency services personnel, and private citizens who disagree with protesters on social media occurs. This becomes a common theme on Facebook by various users around the country: burn, harass, gut, kill, target anyone who opposes, talks against, or is in LE. Citizens in private groups on FB talk about getting their concealed carry permit out of fear.|
|10/28/2016||Dallas Goldtooth, an activist from the Indigenous Envrionmental Network, said the protesters were taking a day off to pray but that they still intended to disrupt construction.||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-pipeline-idUSKCN12S2JI?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social|
|10/28/2016||Dallas Goldtooth, an activist from the Indigenous Envrionmental Network, said that private security forces are flying aircraft in the TFR, and said that they had malicious intent to sneak into the camp when law enforcement began clearing private property.||https://www.facebook.com/dallasgoldtooth/posts/10105870218846183||Goldtooth referred to it as the "no fly zone" ("FAA made a no fly zone yet DAPL private security planes and choppers were flying all day). It is not technically a no fly zone, but a TFR (temporary flight restriction) that stops at 3500 MSL. Aircraft can get permission to fly through a TFR, and if they were flying higher than 3500 MSL they would not have been violating the TFR. (Note: I asked Goldtooth on his Facebook page for verification on this, but have not heard back yet.)|
|10/28/2016||Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance arrive to protest the pipeline at the ND State Capitol.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Unitarian-Universalists-protest-the-DAPL-at-the-ND-state-capitol-399168531.html|
|10/28/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault sends letter to UN requesting their assistance.||http://indigenousamerican.com/2016/10/29/breaking-the-united-nations-is-headed-to-standing-rock/||Archambault's letter states "Currently, we are experiencing violence and intimidation from state law enforcement, private security as well as the North Dakota National Guard which are moving to forcibly remove us from our encampment located on unceded Treaty lands. Over 120 arrests have been made in the last two days, and tear gas, mace, compression grenades and other forms of violence have been used against tribal members and our supporters representing over 300 US Native Nations who are peacefully protecting our human, environmental, and cultural and Treaty rights. Our Tribe can no longer sacrifice our sacred water, our graves and our Mother Earth, and our future generations for the financial gain of private industry which has shown no regard for our rights or concerns.”|
|10/28/2016||ND Gov. Dalyrymple says he expects the pipeline to finish construction all the way up to the river (where there is an injunction) in a few days.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/audio-governor-jack-dalrymple-says-expects-dapl-construction-completed-just-matter-days/|
|10/28/2016||The President of the National Sheriff's Association, Greg Champagne, arrives in Morton County to see the protest and response firsthand.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/posts/348960662122945||http://www.9news.com/mb/news/local-sheriff-shares-testimony-from-north-dakota-experience/356294618|
|10/29/2016||SRT Archambault is back in ND and holds press conference with Cheyenne River Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier regarding Morton County Sheriff's police tactics.||https://www.facebook.com/KFYRtv/videos/10154016576274103/||In a statement, Archambault says: "We won't step down from this fight ... This is about our water, our rights, and our dignity as human beings."|
|10/29/2016||Standing Rock Tribe members say that a large number of tribe members aren't even participating in the protest, that it's caused problems for them, and they want it to end, particularly those who live in the town of Cannon Ball, near the protest camps. Support is higher in the Ft. Yates area.||http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/29/us/dakota-pipeline-standing-rock-sioux/index.html||"Fool Bear has had it with the protesters. He says that more than two years ago, when members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe could have attended hearings to make their concerns known, they didn't care. Now, suddenly, the crowds are out of control, and he fears it's just a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt.
Go down to the camps, he says, and you won't see many Standing Rock Sioux.
"It irks me. People are here from all over the world," he says. "If they could come from other planets, I think they would." Not long ago, he found three teenage girls from Ontario, Canada, camped out inside his storage shed. A white woman from Spokane, Washington, came to see him for help, saying she'd come here with nothing and her car had broken down. When he was at the casino recently, someone approached him about two young kids who were on their own because their parents had been arrested.
The situation has dissolved to madness, he says, and he wishes Dave Archambault II, the Standing Rock Sioux chairman, would speak up.
"If he had any balls, he'd tell [the protesters] to go home," Fool Bear says.
And he's not alone in feeling this way. Two women who listen in as he talks keep nodding in agreement, but they don't want to speak.
Just look at a recent vote in the community for further proof that Fool Bear's not the only naysayer. When protest organizers presented a request to build a new winter camp in Cannon Ball earlier this month, his community shot it down.
Of the 88 people who voted, he says 66 were against the camp, less than 10 were for it and the rest remained undecided.
|10/29/2016||In a press conference, SRT Chairman Archambault and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier said protesters were being kept in dog kennels.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Morton-County-Sheriffs-Office-responds-to-reports-of-dog-kennels-used-to-incarcerate-protesters-399171391.html||Morton County Responded: "Temporary holding cells (chain link fences) have been installed into the Morton County Correctional Center and are used for “mass arrest” situations only. They are temporary until the Correctional Center can get them processed into our facility or transferred to another facility in North Dakota. The temporary housing units have been inspected and approved by the ND Department of Corrections which has oversight over all county correctional centers in ND. While there they have access to bathroom facilities, meals and drinking water. If any medical situations arise they are addressed by a medical or nursing staff on site. Morton County Correctional Center has room for only 42 inmates and during a mass arrest arrangements have been made to transport to other jails. When a person is arrested and arrives at the jail, trained staff conduct a visual assessment, are patted down when they are admitted and all items and property are collected and placed in a bag which is returned when they leave." Morton County said numbers were written on those arrested to ensure that their property was accounted for when booked as evidence or returned (http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/tribal-chairman-says-it-is-not-too-late-to-halt/article_1bf1208f-b4d3-57fa-b9e2-6c69d7d85fc1.html)|
|10/29/2016||Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance hold peaceful protest from 1 - 3 pm at the ND State Capitol.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Unitarian-Universalists-protest-the-DAPL-at-the-ND-state-capitol-399168531.html|
|10/29/2016||Lt. Tom Iverson with the ND Highway Patrol spoke to the press about the use of force and clash with protesters on Oct. 27.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Law-enforcement-disputes-claims-of-excessive-force-399191051.html||"He encourages the public to not look at videos of officers on social media and assess the situation from one point of view.
He says law enforcement will protect demonstrators' right to protest if it's done peacefully and lawfully.
Tom Iverson, ND Highway Patrol: "What is missing is what led up to that, what forced law enforcement's hand in to reacting to that situation, such as somebody coming up with a stick and striking it at an officer, or a large log and throwing it at the officer, throwing feces on them and really putting officers in harms way."
Iverson says the tepees were respectfully removed from the evacuated camp."
|10/29/2016||A pipeline worker spoke with WDAZ TV about the fears and challenges he faces.||http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/4147858-im-not-prepared-die-over-dakota-access-pipeline-worker-shares-his-perspective||There are nearly 3,000 pipeline workers in North Dakota alone, and some of them are concerned for their safety from what they're calling coordinated ambush attacks designed to stop construction.
Some pipeline workers have quit because tensions have are so high and some fear for their safety. However, WDAZ spoke Friday with Matt, an East Grand Forks man working on the Dakota Access Pipeline who says he's proud of the work he does, he's proud of his company, and he's just trying to feed his family.
Matt: “The biggest thing I get concerned with is someone getting upset with my family over it because I'm doing this. Because I'm not home. That's what worries me a lot.”
He agreed to tell us his story, but because of concerns for his family and his safety we're not releasing his full name or his exact whereabouts.
|10/29/2016||SRT Chairman Archaumbault met with civil rights attorney from the Oneida Tribe of Indians in Wisconsin to discuss a potential protester class action lawsuit against law enforcement, saying that this was the "suitable vehicle" for challenging use of force by law enforcement.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/tribal-chairman-says-it-is-not-too-late-to-halt/article_1bf1208f-b4d3-57fa-b9e2-6c69d7d85fc1.html||The tribe brought recording equipment to give to protesters to document future police action to possibly use in such a lawsuit, according to a press release from the Oneida tribe. "Archambault said the suitable vehicle for challenging the use of force against the protesters is a class action lawsuit against the state and law enforcement. "The best way for success is to go after every individual law enforcement who fired a weapon at innocent people. We have to get badge numbers. We have to get facial recognition. We have to get these law enforcement that are from other states, whoever it is. And individuals who are harmed have to report what has happened," he said." (http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/4147914-protest-camp-growing-tribal-chairmen-condemn-law-enforcement-aggression)|
|10/29/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault asked Dakota Access to change the pipeline route and cross the river in a different place, not at the Lake Oahe crossing.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/tribal-chairman-says-it-is-not-too-late-to-halt/article_1bf1208f-b4d3-57fa-b9e2-6c69d7d85fc1.html||"Let's reroute the pipeline," he said. "This pipeline doesn't have to put our water at risk. ... Everybody can still benefit." A Dakota Access spokeswoman said in an email Saturday the route was chosen because "it was the safest route with the least environmental impact." Asked his suggestion for a new route, Archambault said the company should make that decision. "Keep it away from water," he said. "Get it out of our land." (NOTE: The current route is not on tribal land.) Later, regarding a reroute change: Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault has said that the tribe does not oppose oil pipelines if they do not threaten water sources, environmentally sensitive areas or sacred sites. He said a route that would follow existing west-east and north-south oil pipeline corridors that avoid Missouri River crossings would be acceptable to him. (http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/if-dakota-access-pipeline-were-to-move-where/article_011832c9-4001-519e-b872-f7f1a36008d0.html) (NOTE: The pipeline already cross the Missouri River upstream from Bismarck, west of Watford City by the Little Missouri).|
|10/29/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier expressed frustration with the Federal Government, and are disappointed with the meetings that have taken place since three Federal agencies halted the construction under the Missouri in September.||"Archambault said he wanted the standard for consultation over this type of infrastructure project to be "consent" with tribal input reflected in the end project. Frazier said the meetings to date have focused on taking comments, but he wants to see draft legislation that would include penalties for companies or entities that did not adequately consult affected tribes. Frazier also said he was "a little disappointed" by his meeting this week with President Barack Obama. "They have their game of politics," he said.|
|10/29/2016||ND Highway Patrol Capt. Brian Niewand speaks to press about Oct 27 confrontation, saying they did not break up a sweat lodge and allowed a prayer circle to continue.||"Niewand said his officers tried to avoid using force and made special efforts to respect people who were praying -- including allowing people to stay in a sweat lodge instead of immediately moving them, and permitting a prayer circle behind the police line -- making arrests only after the people allegedly refused to move."|
|10/29/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier said 40 people were injured from pepper spray and bean-bag rounds used by law enforcement during the Oct. 27 protest confrontation.||""It's wrong to use that kind of force on our people," he said at a press conference with Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman Harold Frazier on Saturday morning outside the Morton County Sheriff's Department in Mandan. Archambault said injuries included welts from bean-bag rounds and rubber bullets, as well as broken bones."|
|10/29/2016||65 demonstrators stood on the sidewalk in front of the ND State Capitol to support pipeline protesters. Six counter-demonstraters waved flags showing support for law enforcement.||http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/4147914-protest-camp-growing-tribal-chairmen-condemn-law-enforcement-aggression||Darcy Peterson of Bismarck, demonstrating in support of the police, said everyone had a right to stand up for their beliefs, but she and the others were concerned about the long-term effects and damage done by out-of-state protesters. "I think our state's going to be torn apart when the outside interests have all left," Peterson said.|
|10/29/2016||Native American elders and law enforcement try to negotiate to open up the bridge currently behind a law enforcement blockade near where protesters torched vehicles on Oct. 27. Neither party agreed to back down from protest or protecting private property, but an agreement to open the bridge via additional discussions on the matter was reached.||http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/10/29/spiritual-leaders-negotiate-impasse-morton-county-sheriff-166271||Chief Arvol Looking Horse,Cheyenne River Hunkpapa, and Standing Rock elder Archie Fool Bear walked to meet with law enforcement at 11:30 a.m. 30 Jingle Dancers were also present as well as many other protesters.Fool Bear expressed his concern for the safety of his people at Standing Rock and the camps, stating that with the road blocked, it now takes more than an hour to get to Bismarck when it typically takes 35 minutes. He said it is up to the ND Dept. of Transportation to remove the blockade. (http://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/morton-county-police-officers-and-sioux-tribe-leaders-shake-hands-in-peaceful-protest#.WBVmons8_6g.facebook) ND DOT will have to inspect the bridge first, and will only do it if the protesters stay away from the area.|
|10/29/2016||United Nations expert Grand Chief Edward John will visit Standing Rock to gather information on Human Rights Violations Resulting from Pipeline Construction||http://indigenousamerican.com/2016/10/29/breaking-the-united-nations-is-headed-to-standing-rock/||He arrives at the invitation of SRT Chairman Archambault. "As a United Nations (UN) expert, he will be visiting in his official capacity to observe the continued impacts of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) construction such as threats to water, Treaty rights and sacred areas. He will also collect information and testimonies on the escalating levels of repression, violence and intimidation against Tribal members and their supporters by state law enforcement, private security and the National Guard which have been widely reported on social and other media. Roberto Borrero representing the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) will accompany him as a human rights observer. IITC Board member William Means of the Oglala Lakota Nation is already on site."|
|10/29/2016||Journalist David Robert Farmerie tells his experience with the violent faction in the protest camps, and what happened on Oct. 27||https://www.facebook.com/DavidRobertFarmerie/posts/10153801944221230||Farmerie pointed out there were peaceful protesters, and there were warrior and even more violent protesters.|
|10/30/2016||Ranchers from the St. Anthony area, and a farmer from Cannon Ball, talk about how the protest has affected them. Among their key concerns is the struggle to get ready for winter in regards to hauling grain and moving hay. Additionally, protesters have been cutting fence and trespassing on their land as well as scaring livestock as the ranchers try to work with the animals as winter draws near.||http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/4146948-agweektv-protest-pains||TRANSCRIPT: (Mikkel Pates, reporter for the Grand Forks Herald Agweek program.) Jared Ernst, (of J bar E Ranch) rancher near St. Anthony. He's had protesters on his land and roads, giving him and his cattle a scare. "We were doing some cattle work in the pasture, and there was a group of about 150 come walking by and when they got close they started chanting and cheering and beating on drums and spooked the cows. A group of the cows took off running from the corral where we were working the calves at."|
When law officers arrived, it ended peacefully, but he worries for his family's safety and always carries a revolver. He appreciates it when the national guard soldiers check in, but even when it's peaceful, the protest is still a daily inconvenience. "There's been times when we can't -- to go to a hay field or to bring bales home, um, there will be protesters on the road and the law enforcement will have the road blocked off just to avoid any confrontation between the protesters and other people. And there's been a couple of times where instead of driving ten miles to get to the pasture we've had to take different roads and it ended up being 22 miles to get the pasture instead of ten, and just a lot of extra miles and a lot of wasted minutes in a day because of it."
Chad Ellingson who raises Angus cattle near St. Anthony. "It's really changed the lifestyle of this little quiet rural community. It's brought a lot of new people, a lot of people we're not familiar with and brought a lot of nervousness to the direct area because of the conflicts between the protesters and the pipeline company." The pipeline touches the Ellingson ranch, and like many of their neighbors they granted an easement for the pipeline. He's more concerned about the protesters than the pipeline. "I don't want it to become a conflict. I don't want bloodshed or anything to that regard and I don't think...hopefully most of the protesters don't want that either." - Chad Ellingson
Asks Ellingson's daughter what bothers her the most about the protest. "They're cutting our fences and going through our property." Chad Ellingson - "Hopefully it can come to a peaceful ending and, uh, the federal government needs to step up and hopefully see this thing through."
Frank Thomas is a grain farmer near Cannon Ball. He said the protest is making it hard to move grain and sell his hay. "I have the hassle of trying to drive trucks and hauling hay through the protests and you don't know from one day to the next which highway will be closed down or gravel road or whatnot. I'm all for somebody standing up for what they believe but when you gotta sit in line a half hour per truck to try to get through someplace, it's a major inconvienence to a lot of people." - Frank Thomas
The farmers and ranchers I've talked to say they're concerned about free speech and the environment, but they also think the federal government must step up and make sure events like this stay safe and allow commerce.
|10/30/2016||More protesters arrive at the Oceti Sakowin camp. Security volunteers had people move further south on Highway 1806 and away from Backwater Bridge, the location of the vehicles protesters torched on Oct 27.||http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/4147914-protest-camp-growing-tribal-chairmen-condemn-law-enforcement-aggression||Law enforcement remains present, and begins removing the debris from the bridge.|
|10/30/2016||SRT Archambault seemed to back down from his verbal attacks on law enforcement.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/standing-rock-chairman-backing-off-criticism-law-enforcement-nodapl-riot/||"It is not about water protectors. It is not about law enforcement. It is about a bad company. This is not a company anybody should be investing in,”|
|10/30/2016||Large fire breaks out at 1:30 or 2 a.m. on private land near the protest camps. National Guard Blackhawk helicopters with water buckets filled from Lake Oahe are used to put the fire out. The fire is put out at 10 a.m. on Sunday.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/photos-fire-fighters-national-guard-extinguish-large-fire-near-nodapl-protests-helicopters/||The day was windy, and the fire was a grass fire, west of Backwater Bridge and west of Highway 1806 in the area protesters had started on fire during the Oct 27 confrontation. The protest camps are on the east side of the highway. No structures were damaged. The fire spread to the northwest, away from the camp, before being extinguished. "“Public safety is paramount and with the chance of high winds today we needed completely extinguish the fire to prevent damage to property and injury to those in the area.” Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann, North Dakota National Guard adjutant general, said in the release. Morton County Sheriff's department is currently investigating the fire and has requested assistance from the state fire marshall to find the person(s) responsible. (See photos of fire here: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0BzEKNLJqG3cwT2Y0TkM5dDVLUUU)|
|10/30/2016||Protesters in the Oceti Sakowin camp said that outside agitators started the fire, and that camp security was on the radio saying it wasn't them.||http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/4148256-grass-fire-burns-hills-across-dakota-access-protest-camp||"People staying at the camp with high-powered camera lenses watched as the fire developed. Myron Dewey, an independent filmmaker at the camp, said on his Facebook page people he observed two people in a white Honda leaving the area. Dewey, who said he has experience working for hotshot fire crews, said the fire appeared to be started by a drip torch. Speculation about who started the fire is running wild in the camp Sunday, some saying it was started by outside “agitators. Frank Archambault, a member of the camp security team and cousin to Standing Rock Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II, said they requested help from Morton County to put out the fire. “They wouldn’t dispatch any of their units out here,” Archambault said. The Mandan Rural Fire Department was dispatched to the area but wasn’t able to access the area where the fire is, said Donnell Preskey, spokeswoman for Morton County. The fire started on private property, Preskey said.” The Blackhawks were only putting out the fire to the northwest where it was spreading and not directly across the camp on the hill, Archambault said. “They didn’t put anything on this side, so we sent people up with blankets to tap it out,” he said." A woman who only wanted to be identified as Roxy watched helicopters dumping water from the south side of the bridge Sunday. “We felt helpless. We’re trying to protect our water and then somebody did this. This is everybody’s land. We don’t want it to be burned up. It was sad. A lot of the mothers were praying,” Roxy said.|
|10/30/2016||Protest camp elders say they are trying to get rid of violent radicals present in their camp.||http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/4148256-grass-fire-burns-hills-across-dakota-access-protest-camp||Frank Archambault, cousin to SRT Chairman Archambault, said “We are trying to get a hold of the radicals and get them dismissed,” "Campers were told by the elders to “get a grip” on the destructive activity criminal activity, including the burning of vehicles on the bridge, Archambault said. With the Seven Council Fires assembled at the camp, believed to the first time in more than a century, he said “we are not condoning anything like that.”"|
|10/30/2016||Authorities investigate a possible drowning in the Cannonball River next to one of the protest camps in the late afternoon.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/authorities-investigate-possible-drowning-at-pipeline-protest-camp/article_40541c24-730e-5504-8ee3-e0f47f54ba70.html||"At least three ambulances and the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs responded to the scene in Sioux County on the south side of the river in an area known as the Rosebud camp, across the river from the main Oceti Sakowin camp. Morton County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Donnell Preskey said search-and-rescue teams from Morton County and the state Game and Fish Department were assisting at the BIA’s request." Protest camp security officers would not let reporters in to see the scene. Crews searched, but no one was found. Authorities weren't sure someone actually went into the water (http://www.wday.com/news/north-dakota/4148332-update-authorities-investigate-possible-drowning-pipeline-protest-camp)|
|10/30/2016||Pipeline worker Kyle Thompson goes on Facebook to tell his story. He was the pipeline worker apprehended by protesters during the Oct. 27 confrontation. Standing Rock claimed he had shot several bullets (https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1413901058638160&id=402298239798452) but Thompson says BCI and FBI can show none have been fired from the gun in months. He was found not to have fired or shot at anyone.||https://www.facebook.com/kyle.thompson.5891004/posts/829555763853375||Rob Port has protester-shot video that does not disagree with Thompson's description of events. (https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/man-seen-gun-nodapl-protest-tells-story-facebook/) Other video purporting to show the truck being chased and T-boned has been pulled from locations on the internet. According to Thompson, he truck was T-boned by a protester, and he was forced off the road. A crowd of protesters forced him out of his vehicle to the water. He had a gun but did not use it. The protesters torched his vehicle. Note that Cheyenne River Tribal Chairman Frazier said to media that he wanted to see Thompson charged with attempted murder. VIDEO: If you look at the beginning of this interview, you can see Thompson's truck being T-boned. It's the white truck driven off the road. Later you see it burning. https://www.facebook.com/TomiLahren/videos/1123846091041910/ UPDATE: Law enforcement identifies three men who participated in the attack on Thompson. Video footage and description of what happened can be seen here: https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/police-ask-assistance-locating-nodapl-protesters-wanted-attacking-security-guard/|
|10/30/2016||The President of the National Sheriff's Association leaves, completing his visit, and writing about what he saw on his Facebook page.||https://www.facebook.com/sheriff.gregchampagne/posts/1337399006279642||He writes: "While the entire situation seemed to be de-escalating upon my departure on Sunday October 30th, it remains to be seen if the violence and illegal acts are truly over. I must commend the professionalism and patience of law enforcement officers under the leadership of sheriffs such as Cass County Sheriff and National Sheriffs' Association Board member Paul Laney, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, and Burleigh County Sheriff Paul Heinert. The North Dakota State Police as well as several area Police Departments also played essential roles. The operation evicting trespassers, some of which became violent was carried out with professionalism and restraint despite liberal press stories to the contrary. I must also commend the numerous sheriffs’ office throughout the multi-state area including NSA Executive Committee Member Rich Stanek of Hennepin County, Minnesota who sent personnel to assist with protecting lives and property. I certainly feel empathy for the Native American peoples of America and especially the Sioux due to the treatment they received at the hands of the U.S. Government in the latter part of the 19th Century. These Native American Cultures are and should be a proud people for whom we should all have concern. However, the law and facts simply do not weigh in their favor in this case from everything I seen. This project went through an extensive approval process over many years and court challenges in Federal Court have failed to be successful. We are a nation of laws. Emotion and empathy cannot carry the day. It just seems that opposition to this pipeline is not reasonably based upon legitimate environmental concerns. Energy independence has been one of the major goals of this country for decades. In my home state of Louisiana, we are surrounded by gas and oil pipelines and safely so. In another ironic twist, it is widely known that the Standing Rock Tribal Chairman owns a convenience store and gasoline station on the reservation."|
|10/31/2016||CNN runs story that says thousands of people are checking in at the protest camps on Facebook in an effort to confuse law enforcement.||http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/31/us/standing-rock-facebook-check-ins/index.html||Morton County Sheriff's department responds that they is not and does not follow Facebook check ins to locate people, whether at the protest camp or any other location. (https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/posts/347981728887505)|
|10/31/2016||ND Department of Transportation deems the bridge on Highway 1806, north of Cannon Ball (Backwater Bridge), unsafe to open.||http://www.dot.nd.gov/dotnet2/news/docs/2016releases/20161031-%201806%20bridge.pdf||NDDOT may need to make repairs to the bridge. "The highway bridge (often referred to as backwater bridge) travels over
Cantapeta Creek north of Cannonball and will remain closed to traffic for the safety of the traveling public because the structural integrity of the bridge may be compromised due to protesters lighting vehicles on fire on the structure. The bridge is unsafe for anyone to cross and will remain closed until all damage to the structure is evaluated by bridge engineers. The NDDOT is currently making arrangements for a bridge inspection but is unable to implement the process due to ongoing incidents in the area. "
|10/31/2016||Lt. Tom Iverson of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, in an interview with Rob Port, refutes the claim that law enforcement abused or mistreated protesters following Oct. 27 confrontation.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/audio-absolute-bold-lie-nd-highway-patrol-spokesman-says-claims-nodapl-protesters-mistreated/||Iverson said law enforcement has video, not yet released, of the protesters throwing rocks and homemade bombs at law enforcement. "On the flip side, Iverson said a “group of militants that hijacked the situation” last week launched attacks on law enforcement that put both the cops and other protesters at risk. He said that in addition to protesters throwing rocks and throwing homemade bombs at police officers – video will apparently be forthcoming of the latter incidents – protesters on horseback herded a stampede of buffalo at law enforcement and other protesters which was only deterred when a helicopter swooped low and scared them off.|
Iverson did say that it appears as though the size of the protests camps is “substantially less” than past weeks when reportedly thousands of protesters were in attendance, though he said he didn’t have any official numbers He said that cooling weather was one reason for the camps shrinking. He also said law enforcement has received reports that some protesters are leaving after they came to the camps and realized “some of it is unlawful.”
One thing Iverson said the public should keep in mind is that law enforcement is not on any side in the protest. “We are not a side that we need to get people on,” he said. “We’re out here to do our job.”
|10/31/2016||Pipeline protester costumes create controversy on Halloween.||http://www.wdaz.com/news/north-dakota/4148819-pipeline-protester-halloween-costumes-stir-controversy|
|10/31/2016||Redfawn Fallis, a 37-year-old woman from Denver, is charged with attempted murder for firing a gun at law enforcement.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Woman-charged-with-attempted-murder-for-firing-handgun-at-law-enforcement-during-DAPL-protest-399379961.html||"A court affidavit says that while authorities were trying to arrest Redfawn Fallis during the protests on October 27, she pulled a gun and shot at them multiple times. The affidavit says that after a brief struggle officers were able to get the gun out of her hand and handcuff her. During a pat down police also say that she had a small amount of marijuana and brass knuckles. Fallis has also been charged with preventing arrest, carrying a concealed firearm or weapon and possession of a controlled substance." Cpt. Bryan Niewind, in giving a first-hand account of the incident as he was standing two feet from Fallis when she fired the gun, said it was unbelievable that a law enforcement officer wasn't shot in the incident. (https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/videos/348089298876748/) See video of the shooting here: https://www.facebook.com/BakkenFail/videos/1159152687509713/|
|10/31/2016||The protests are estimated to be costing the state of ND $500,000 each day||http://www.valleynewslive.com/content/misc/Who-Is-Going-to-Pay-for-the-NoDAPL-Protest-Costs--399401321.html||Some estimates are placing the total cost so far at $10-30 million based on that $500,000/day figure. Chris Berg, from Valley News Live POV in Fargo, shared an email he received from a protester, indicating they wanted to bankrupt the system: "Mr. Berg,|
Watching your broadcast, it is clear that you just do not get it. Sorry, you are just another Human Wasing. And may the protest bankrupt the state treasury. Of course, we are from all over the country, we are a people united against the European invaders who need to go back across the Atlantic. But, you are welcome to stay if you learn what is important and can adhere to a value system worthy of a man.
Kurt Kaltreider, Ph.D. - Nanticoke/Cherokee/Lakota" Kaltreider, of German, English, and Native descent, is an author. (http://www.hayhouse.com/authorbio/kurt-kaltreider-ph-d) From his author bio: "As a result of the erosion of traditional Indian cultures, he devotes himself full-time to the protection and support of the ways of his ancestors."
|10/31/2016||The date that DAPL was supposed to be completed.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/audio-governor-jack-dalrymple-says-expects-dapl-construction-completed-just-matter-days/|
|11/1/2016||Various clergy from the Twin Cities area arrive to protest the pipeline.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Unitarian-Universalists-protest-the-DAPL-at-the-ND-state-capitol-399168531.html|
|11/1/2016||North Dakota State Capitol building vandalized by anti-oil activists, who poured motor oil on the limestone walls and entrance area.||http://www.valleynewslive.com/content/news/399505601.html||"At approximately 9:32 p.m. last night, two individuals vandalized the State Capitol building by pouring motor oil onto the property. They also placed a sign that says “you can’t drink oil” next to the vandalism. Security footage shows a vehicle and two people dressed in black carrying motor oil and the sign. The oil was spilled onto the west-facing doors, the sidewalk, and the limestone walls of the Capitol. The Highway Patrol is investigating the vandalism. The area has been closed as it is being cleaned."|
|11/1/2016||North Dakota Emergency Commission will meet to discuss borrowing another $4M from the State Bank of North Dakota to deal with protest costs.||http://www.valleynewslive.com/content/misc/Who-Is-Going-to-Pay-for-the-NoDAPL-Protest-Costs--399401321.html||The protest costs the state of ND about $500,000 day. The Obama administration has refused to get involved or assist, despite the main protest camp's unpermitted location on Army Corps land. The National Sheriff's Association has sent a letter to the US Attny. Gen. stating they believed SRT Archamabault's sister, Jodi Gillette, as well as others, have been active in trying to prevent federal assistance being sent to the state of North Dakota to help with the protest.|
|11/1/2016||John Eagle Sr., historical officer from SRT, is notified by Forum News Service about historical discovery.|
|11/1/2016||Law enforcement determines that DAPL employee (Kyle Thompson) originally detained during Oct. 27 confrontation on Backwater Bridge was a victim.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/morton-county-determines-pipeline-security-guard-victim-protester-violence/||"The individual victim was checking on construction equipment parked near the contractor entrance, east of 1806. A group was gathered outside of the gate at the contractor entrance. The victim was instructed to get pictures of construction equipment. In order to do so, the victim disguised himself so he would be able to gain access without being singled out as a construction worker. The victim says he heard people in the group tell him to “get the ____ out of here.” He was told to leave and then told to stop. While leaving the area and driving south on Highway 1806, the individual was deliberately hit by a vehicle. The victim’s vehicle was forced through a fence and got stuck. The victim saw five individuals coming at his truck and could see large knives in their possession. The man grabbed a rifle to defend himself, he retreated toward the Cannonball River and was pursued. During this time, the victim’s vehicle was also set on fire. An individual in the crowd had a flare gun (orange in color). Investigators witnessed in the video someone in the group shot a flare in the victim’s direction. The victim had a gun however no shots were identified as being fired from his weapon." (PERSONAL NOTE: Why in the world DAPL would send an employee into that situation on that day is beyond me.)|
|11/1/2016||One of two or three carloads of students from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington head towards the protest site.||http://whitmanwire.com/news/2016/11/01/nodapl-whitties-join-the-protest/||"“I encourage everybody, especially Whitman students to go. I encourage people to talk to each other and get to North Dakota as fast as they can,” junior Kyla Rapp said. Rapp left the morning of November 1 to show her support at Standing Rock.
Rapp, juniors Katy Woodall and Julie Kitzerow, senior Mona Law and 2016 graduate John Lee are currently en route to the protest and plan to arrive on Tuesday, November 2. Though a few of them planned to attend the protest over winter break, they decided to go this week instead because the pipeline might be completed within the next two-to-three days. The group noted that while any form of support is important, being physically present at the protests is the best way for individuals to have a part in actually stopping pipeline construction.
“Honestly, social media social activism is amazing, but if you see any kind of validity in this issue and you are in a position where you are not going to lose your job if you take a week off of school or work, then they need you right now,” Rapp said."
|11/1/2016||US Army Corps requests law enforcement to arrest protesters who trespass north of the camp to be arrested, providing a map of the area they would like enforced.||https://www.scribd.com/document/329807252/Morton-County-Letter-Map||No federal assistance is offered to defend this federal property; it is up to local law enforcement to meet the federal USACE request to prohibit trespassing.|
|11/1/2016||Standing Rock Tribal Council minutes seem to indicate they are going to sue the state of ND over LE actions during the protest.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/standing-rock-sets-aside-money-lawsuit-cops-response-nodapl-protests/||In speaking with an LE officer, I was told that LE has been recording and saving massive amounts of their own video during these events, even though they have not released much of it. It was done for just such a reason, to show they did not act in the wrong when the ACLU, lawsuits, and other claims started coming in.|
|11/1/2016||Standing Rock Tribal Council votes to expel known violent factions from the protest, acknowledging their presence.||http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/nov/16/standing-rock-sioux-votes-expel-rowdy-protesters-w/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork||"the panel voted 10-0 (http://standingrock.org/data/upfiles/media/Tribal%20Council%20November%201,%202016.pdf) “to ask Red Warrior Camp to leave,” an apparent sign of the tribe’s uneasiness with the increasingly aggressive tactics used by some activists fighting the Dakota Access pipeline. [...] Not known is whether the council has contacted the Red Warrior Camp, which has a reputation as the most confrontational of the four large makeshift gatherings of tents and tipis set up near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. So far, the Red Warrior Camp has shown no sign of exiting, staying active on social media and crowdfunding sites.
The camp’s official GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/redwarriorcamp?rcid=ac7fda908f4111e6a6bbbc764e05b494) had raised about $192,000 as of late Tuesday, including contributions within the previous 24 hours from about 40 donors. [...] The Red Warrior Camp, which uses the logo of a raised fist, described itself on YouTube as “a collective of folks who believe in meeting their prayers halfway through Nonviolent Direct Action to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.”
This isn’t the first time the tribe has confronted the camp. Former Red Warrior spokesman Cody Hall said he was asked to step down a day after an Oct. 27 melee during which protesters blocked roads, set fires along roads and bridges, and threw Molotov cocktails and debris at law enforcement. Frank Archambault, part of the security team for the main Oceti Sakowin Camp, told Forum News Service last month that the elders had asked him to “get a grip” on the violence threatening to overwhelm the tribe’s call for a “peaceful and prayerful protest.” “We are not condoning anything like that,” Mr. Archambault said. “We are trying to get a hold of the radicals and get them dismissed.”
|11/1/2016||Backwater Bridge initially inspected, but protester activity prevents NDDOT from doing necessary inspection.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Tests-performed-to-test-stability-of-Backwater-Bridge--407948415.html|
|11/2/2016||The leaders of Standing Rock and other elders are slated to meet with elected officials from the state and local authorities on Wednesday, November 2.||http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/10/29/spiritual-leaders-negotiate-impasse-morton-county-sheriff-166271|
|11/2/2016||On the orders of the Army Corps, law enforcement dismantles a man made wooden pedestrian bridge that went across Cantapeta Creek near the protest camp over onto private property. 1 protester is arrested. Standoff ends by 2 p.m.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/videos/349292262089785/||"Law enforcement is currently engaged in a standoff on the shoreline of the Cantapeta Creek north of the main camp area. Protesters built a man-made, wooden pedestrian bridge this morning which was pulled apart by law enforcement. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given Morton County orders to remove the bridge and arrest any individuals who cross the river for criminal trespass. This is east of the Backwater Bridge, north of the main camp area." According to KFYR, "They say people are using the bridge to go from the camp to enter the Cannon Ball ranch property. The department says they told those involved if they cross over the bridge, it's criminal trespass. They add that the bridge violates numerous federal and state laws." (http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Morton-County-Sheriffs-Dept-monitoring-illegal-bridge-being-built-near-DAPL-protest-camp-399665881.html) Law enforcement pulled the bridge apart. Video shows protesters in the water in boats or swimming to get to the private property (Cannonball Ranch) on the other side. Protesters said they were holding a water ceremony and protecting a grave site. Protest camp spokesperson Joye Braun said the Cannonball Ranch was not private property. (http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/399726321.html) Volunteer medics treat some protesters who went into the water for hypothermia (http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/pipeline-company-could-face-fines-protesters-pepper-sprayed/article_9cffd473-133f-5232-a381-83645efa8dcd.html) Read more here: http://www.co.morton.nd.us/vertical/Sites/%7B90CBB59C-38EA-4D41-861A-81C9DEBD6022%7D/uploads/11-2_Morton_Release_on_Standoff.pdf|
|11/2/2016||North Dakota Highway Patrol releases video from Oct. 27 confrontation that shows homemade explosives being thrown at law enforcement.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/video-appears-show-nodapl-protesters-hurling-explosive-law-enforcement/||The FLIR video registers heat signatures.|
|11/2/2016||I address the accusation that I am a bigot and racist.||https://www.facebook.com/julie.neidlinger/posts/10154751341206209||As I noted in a comment elsewhere, regarding this timeline: I have specifically avoided hard right sources (e.g. Breitbart, Infowars, etc.) and have tried to stick with standard media sources. The only right-leaning non-traditional media source I've used is Say Anything, since he has been consistent about digging up documentation and also videos and interviews I did not find elsewhere. I've even over-corrected, in some cases, and linked to overtly left-leaning sources to counteract these accusations. I link to Facebook posts of individuals when they are direct statements they are making on their behalf.|
|11/2/2016||Law enforcement releases video showing protesters trespassing in a pasture and herding private bison herd during Oct. 27 confrontation.||https://www.facebook.com/KFYRtv/videos/10154029255954103/||The video is a mixture of standard imagery and FLIR imagery, with the FLIR imagery showing heat signatures (animals, riders) in black.|
|11/2/2016||200 protest in Cinncinnati, Ohio in support of NoDAPL||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Cincinnati-residents-protest-DAPL-law-enforcement-aide-399733481.html||"They are not only concerned about the environment, they're also upset that three dozen Ohio state troopers were sent to North Dakota to help police the protests. "The governor of Ohio should not have sent our troops to take action against Native Americans when we have a heroin epidemic, we have lots of traffic accidents that have increased - problems in our own state," says Chris Seebach,Cincinnati City Council. Governor Kasich has not made any comments about the protests."|
|11/2/2016||Democrat-NPL candidates for ND offices comment on pipeline protest to media.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/D-NPL-candidates-address-President-Obamas-DAPL-comments-399748161.html||"During the meeting, both Marvin Nelson, candidate for governor, and Chase Iron Eyes, candidate for U.S. House spoke about President Obama's recent statement that the Army Corps is looking into a possible reroute of the Dakota Access Pipeline.|
"Every day it escalates and we need to stop this. Ensure the safety of our law enforcement, of the protesters, and we need to not embarrass ourselves as North Dakotans in the 21st century, so I hope we can have a conversation about a reroute," says Iron Eyes.
"It's really at the point now where the governor's duty is to get everybody together and try to reach a mutually acceptable resolution. And I'm hoping that with what the president and what [Chairman Dave Archambault] is saying, that we can move forward in that soon," says Nelson."
|11/2/2016||Sen. Hoeven, ND Stockmen's Association Vice President call on Obama Administration and Army Corps to issue final easement for DAPL||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Sen-Hoeven-ND-Stockmens-Association-Vice-President-call-on-Obama-Administration-Corps-to-issue-final-easement-for-DAPL-399738971.html||"Senator John Hoeven and Julie Ellingson, Executive Vice President of North Dakota Stockmen's Association met with the the Secretary of the Interior and top Corps officials Wednesday in D.C. Hoeven and Ellingson urged officials to approve the final easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline.|
"We appreciate the opportunity to have a face-to-face conversation with decision makers about the severe situations that impact farmers and ranchers in the heart of federal land. Cases of vandalism and trespassing are everyday occurrences that are impacting farming and ranching communities. We're hopeful the federal agencies acknowledge the severity of the situation and that their inaction leaves farmers, ranchers and their property in a compromised and sometimes dangerous position," says Ellingson.
“Everyone’s first priority must be public safety. Farmers, ranchers and all who live and work in the area must not be intimidated and threatened by violent protesters, most of whom have come from out of state. Law enforcement officers have done a remarkable job of showing restraint, even when they have been assaulted in the course of asking the protesters to leave private property. They need help, but more importantly, they need to see this issue resolved so that life can get back to normal. We will continue to press the administration and the Corps, as we did today, to make a determination approving the easement," says Hoeven. Ellingson said law enforcement has also seen several cases of butchered, mutilated, injured and missing cattle, horses and bison over recent weeks in areas adjacent to sites occupied by protesters. To date, six bison, six cows and two horses have been found dead, two cows have been shot and injured and more than 30 cows and calves have been reported missing."
|11/2/2016||President Obama speaks about the protest, suggesting he will "let it play out" and maybe the nearly finished pipeline can somehow be rerouted.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/President-Obama-speaks-out-about-Dakota-Access-Pipeline-protest-399714561.html||Obama said: "I think that right now the Army Corps is examining whether there are ways to reroute this pipeline, so we're going to let it play out for several more weeks and determine whether or not this can be resolved in a way that I think is properly attentive to the traditions of the First Americans." When asked about the way protesters have been dealt with, Obama stated, "There's an obligation for protesters to be peaceful and there's an obligation for authorities to show restraint." Statement from Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II: "We applaud President Obama’s commitment to protect our sacred lands, our water, and the water of 17 million others. While the Army Corps of Engineers is examining this issue we call on the administration and the Corps to issue an immediate "stop work order" on the Dakota Access Pipeline. And given the flawed process that has put our drinking water in jeopardy, we also urge the Administration to call for a full environmental impact study. The nation and the world are watching. The injustices done to Native people in North Dakota and throughout the country must be addressed. We believe President Obama and his Administration will do the right thing." Statement from Morton County Chairman Cody Schulz: "When President Obama says he wants to let the situation ‘play out for several more weeks,’ it affords the opportunity to the out-of-state militant faction of this protest to keep escalating their violent activities. Rather than creating further uncertainty, the President should be sending us the support and resources necessary to enforce the law and protect people's right to peacefully protest. Given the recent escalation of violence by protesters, letting the situation ‘play out’ is quite literally putting lives in danger.” Greenpeace spokesperson Lilian Molina said: “There are no safe options for rerouting the Dakota Access pipeline, because pipelines aren’t safe. It is encouraging to see President Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers acknowledge that the Dakota Access pipeline would be devastating to Native communities and lands, but it is simply unacceptable to ‘let this play out for several more weeks’ while Indigenous lives are under attack. The Administration seems to be buying time to maintain the status quo and profits for fossil fuel investors. There is only one option that is truly attentive to the Native lives and lands at stake: respect the rights and sovereignty of Indigenous communities by revoking the permits immediately.”|
|11/2/2016||In interview, Gov. Dalrymple said "there had been a “significant development” recent discussions about an agreement among camp organizers and tribal leaders to expel the more radical elements of the protests. In particular the Red Warrior Camp, a faction of #NoDAPL which has become notorious as perpetrators of violence, trespass, and property damage."||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/just-9-percent-395-people-arrested-nodapl-protests-north-dakota/||Of the 395 people arrested, only 9% have been from the state of North Dakota. Most are outside agitators.|
|11/2/2016||FBI and BIA investigate reports of protest camp security hog-tying a person as well as shots fired within the camp itself.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/photos-video-nodapl-protesters-launch-shore-line-confrontation-north-dakota-cops/|
|11/2/2016||City of Bismarck, which is across the river from Mandan, is hit with a series of anti-police and NoDAPL graffiti.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/bismarck/bismarck-hit-with-nodapl-graffiti/article_fe0080e2-e60b-5710-8c9d-12c1db232d5d.html||"A spate of graffiti incidents, which occurred Wednesday, is being investigated by the Bismarck Police Department at several different locations across town, including Memorial Bridge, "Yellowstone" steamboat and Clem Kelly softball complex. Silver and gold "anti-police" phrases and #NODAPL had been painted on the bridge, park buildings and on a utilities box at one business, according to police. On Wednesday night, Bismarck Parks and Rec reported the graffiti at the steamboat and on a park trail sign, causing $1,000 worth of damage. Additionally, police responded to five related calls of graffiti and identified $1,900 worth of vandalism."|
|11/2/2016||Erin Schrode, environmental activist and journalist, is hit by bean bag round from police while interviewing protester at Cantapeta Creek.||https://mobile.twitter.com/ErinSchrode/status/794255752055562240?s=04||In interview, the subject states that law enforcement does not have the right to be on Army Corps land. The USACE had asked law enforcement to be there, however. Schrode is hit by a bean bag round during that interview.|
|11/2/2016||Bismarck Tribune editorial says they support law enforcement for removing trespassing protesters, questioning if the protest is still about water or if it has turned into one about indigenous rights.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/opinion/editorial/police-must-enforce-laws-amid-protests/article_63a605d6-a02f-5a16-9d5e-714545ab045e.html||"Officials gave the protesters ample warning that they were coming and they had an opportunity to withdraw, but many didn’t do so. To the outside world it may have appeared like a military operation, but law enforcement needed to protect themselves. Overall, the operation went smoothly with no serious injuries. It’s unfortunate the situation came to this, but some of the protesters refused to back off. There seems to be some discontent in the camps with dissatisfaction growing over the more militant factions. Some would like to see them evicted. Part of the problem is the reluctance of the protesters to admit to any wrong. They don’t want to concede that law enforcement encountered resistance, not just verbal but physical. During Thursday’s removal of protesters, Tribune video captured protesters arguing over tactics. One was trying to put out a fire while encouraging others to retreat. Another urged protesters to stand their ground and force the issue. He wasn’t seeking a prayerful response. As the camps begin to settle in for the winter it’s important they decide on their objectives. Are they fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline because they see it as a threat to their water supply or do they want to stop oil development? Has the protest morphed into battle for indigenous rights. The claim of eminent domain over the Dakota Access land based on the 1851 treaty was a stretch. It’s an issue that needs to be resolved in court, not by occupying land. Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II seemed to shift the issue back to water on Saturday during a press conference. He asked that the pipeline be rerouted, though he didn’t suggest a new route. At the same time, the chairman said he’s considering a class action lawsuit against the state and law enforcement over the use of force."|
|11/2/2016||Fargo Forum editorial suggests protests are failing due to the protesters own actions, saying the concern over water is valid but protesters are dishonest about their actions, calling the protest out for violence.||http://www.inforum.com/opinion/editorials/4150627-forum-editorial-pipeline-protest-failing||"The difference between a peaceful protest and criminal activity is obvious to honest observers. The problem with the Dakota Access Pipeline protest near Cannon Ball, N.D., is that honesty is in short supply. Or better yet, the definitions of "honesty," as defined by the people caught up in the protest, are not the same. Those realities will not be solved soon because they are rooted in historical imperatives that have been in conflict for generations. The stain of the nation's treatment of American Indians and the conditions—some self-inflicted—in which native communities find themselves in the 21st century will not be resolved at an oil pipeline protest. Indeed, they are being exacerbated. But what must be curtailed is the lawlessness that has infiltrated the protest camp and spilled onto lands near the site, even as far away as the state Capitol building in Bismarck. There is nothing peaceful about illegal weapons and illegal drugs. There is nothing peaceful about cattle theft and slaughter, and the destruction of fences and the torching of construction equipment. There is nothing peaceful about blocking public roads and bridges, and intimidating motorists or children on school buses. There is nothing peaceful about defacing the Capitol with motor oil. The violence and vandalism are not helping the tribe's cause, which, by many assessments is legitimate. Water quality and sacred sites are not to be dismissed. But those issues are losing their luster in the dark light of criminal behavior. As a result, support for the protest is losing ground."|
|11/3/2016||ND Sen. John Hoeven and the ND Stockman's Association issue a joint press release regarding the large number of livestock killed or missing, and the trespassing, happening for ranchers located near the protest.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/14-livestock-dead-2-injured-30-missing-near-nodapl-protests-stockmens-association-calls-pipeline-completion/||The press release can be found here: https://www.scribd.com/document/329881851/Hoeven-Stockmen-s-Association-Press-Release|
|11/3/2016||500 clergy from various denominations show support for Standing Rock.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/clergy-to-visit-standing-rock/article_31c07dd3-76fb-5ddf-aeb9-aca5c3045f6f.html||"Karen Van Fossan, minister at the Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Universalist Church, said the clergy members gathered at Oceti Sakowin Camp at 9 a.m. The gathering is intended to be a peaceful, prayerful, lawful and non-violent witness. Van Fossan said the attendees may walk on Highway 1806, if they can do so lawfully." Clergy sang a hymn in the Dakota language. (https://www.facebook.com/jacqueline.keeler/posts/10154623391493446)|
|11/3/2016||Photo shows man in US Naval uniform holding the American flag upside down (a sign of distress) at protest.||https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1807207259501907&set=p.1807207259501907&type=3&theater|
|11/3/2016||ND State Capitol put on lockdown after 4 p.m. when protesters attempted a sit-in in the judicial wing in an attempt to get an audience with Gov. Dalrymple. 14 protesters were arrested.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/14-arrested-ND-State-Capitol-put-on-lockdown-due-to-unforeseen-DAPL-protest-activity-399912791.html||About 50 protesters total were involved, having come from the protest camps. Some were the clergy that had come to the camps recently. The 14 arrested sat in a circle on the floor of the judicial wing, and were arrested because of passive resistance, refusing to stand or walk when asked to leave and when being arrested. The rest moved outside and circled the grounds.|
|11/3/2016||Protesters leave the Capitol area and move to the grounds of the Governor's home. The Governor and first lady were home, but were moved to a different location. Three protesters were arrested.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/3-DAPL-protesters-arrested-for-trespassing-at-ND-governors-residence--399944711.html||"Four protesters sat on the lawn, and the Highway Patrol, in charge of Capitol security, warned them several times that they were trespassing.
One of them got up and left, while the other three remained and were arrested for trespassing.
"It's unfortunate that this has to happen. We don't want to be out here making arrests like this but, when they put us in a position where they are criminally trespassing we do need to enforce the laws here in North Dakota," said Lt. Tom Iverson, North Dakota Highway Patrol."
|11/3/2016||Deer hunting restrictions near the area of the protest are enacted for safety concerns.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/photos/a.162536147432065.1073741828.140989796253367/350006125351732/?type=3&theater||"Hunters with tags for 3C: Areas south of county road 135 to the Cannonball River and east of ND Highway 1806, in a portion of hunting unit 3C, will be closed due to public safety concerns."|
|11/3/2016||Journalist Phelim McAleer, who had been attacked by protesters on October 18, told his story in the NY Post.||https://nypost.com/2016/11/03/i-was-assaulted-by-peaceful-pipeline-protesters/||Note the lack of law enforcement in the camp -- protesters have been left alone in their protest camps, and have only come into conflict with law enforcement when trespassing on private property or blocking state/county roads. "As we tried to call the police, they warned that the cops wouldn’t come onto the campsite — they hadn’t yet after two months of protests. I’m an Irish nationalist who grew up under British rule in Ireland, but according to those attacking my car I was “part of the problem with my settler mentality.”"|
|11/3/2016||Col. Henderson from the Army Corps met with ND Rep. Kevin Cramer and informed him the Corps had decided to evict the protest camps.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/congressman-cramer-corps-eviction-notice-nodapl-camps-delayed-weeks-white-house/||Cramer said the Corps sent the release to the White House and expected the notice to the camps to go out by November 7. The White House did not act on it until the day after Thanksgiving, allowing several violent confrontations as well as constant protest in the cities of Bismarck to occur after that Nov. 7 date.|
|11/4/2016||Morton County begins releasing video of interactions with protesters to the public.||https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B5jjcuIvK04tTjBlZzgzSWNMMG8||Videos show Native American elders telling the police they didn't want this violence and that there were protesters who would not listen to them. They also showed the police saying please, and giving ample opportunity to leave the private property and return to the protest camp without arrest, as well as pick up any property they left behind at the camp being evacuated that was located on the private Cannonball Ranch property. (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5jjcuIvK04tSDc5bUJ5R05KbFE/view) (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5jjcuIvK04tZThXZmlRZDB3RVU/view)|
|11/4/2016||Protester claims that law enforcement officers have decided to work as DAPL security are refuted by all law enforcment agencies involved.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/internet-rumor-claiming-two-cops-turned-badges-nodapl-protests-false/||Rumors have been flying all over social media about everything imaginable. This is just another example of a PR war item.|
|11/4/2016||Morton County Commissioner Cody Schulz said that feds were getting their information from social media, and were very unaware of what was really going on.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/feds-ask-north-dakota-enforce-law-obama-administration-withholds-help/||He said that when state and county officials visited with a federal official it was clear that they didn’t have their facts straight about the protests because they were relying, in part, on social media reports. "“Just recently in the last few days we did have a pretty productive meeting with Ron Davis who is at the Departmet of Justice, fairly high up in the Department of Justice,” Schulz told me. “It was productive, but it was clear throughout that meeting…they don’t have the facts. It was clear they were getting some of their facts from the national media and frankly some of the social media.”
[Rob Port] asked him what facts he thought Davis and other federal officials aren’t getting.
“There were things regarding use of force. More questions, not necessarily allegations but questions, why you did this, this, and this. Once we explained and gave them the background there was some understanding,” he said."
|11/4/2016||FCC contacts LE to address the concerns of protesters, who say law enforcement has been using technology to illegally listen to cell phone conversations.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/ND-Division-of-Homeland-Security-Morton-Co-Sheriffs-Dept-deny-using-cell-phone-monitoring-technology-during-DAPL-protests-400053011.html||""We did get a sense like, 'hey police knew we were coming' before it was made public," says Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network. Cecily Fong of the Department of Emergency services says the FCC called asking if law enforcement has been using cell phone monitoring technology. Officials say they haven't used it because they don't have it. But protesters insist they are being watched."I think as time has gone one there's been enough of, enough instances where people really feel like our communications - whether it's through text messaging or whether it's communication via cell phone - are being monitored," says Goldtooth. The FCC declined to comment when asked about an investigation. Protesters have acknowledged there are other ways law enforcement could be monitoring them but they insist their phones are being watched.But protesters insist they are being watched. Protesters have acknowledged there are other ways law enforcement could be monitoring them but they insist their phones are being watched."|
|11/4/2016||ACLU sends letter to DOJ calling for investigation into the law enforcement use during the protests.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/ACLU-sends-letter-to-DOJ-calling-for-investigation-into-law-enforcement-response-to-DAPL-demonstrations-400144261.html|
|11/4/2016||Army Corps asks Dakota Access to voluntarily halt construction of the pipeline in order to help reduce conflicts with protesters.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Army-Corps-of-Engineers-asks-Dakota-Access-to-honor-federal-request-to-voluntarily-halt-construction-400624001.html||Dakota Access is under no legal obligation to stop construction except on Corps land. This is a request for voluntary compliance. According to the Corps statement "...we asked Dakota Access Pipeline on November 4th to honor the Administration's request for a voluntary shut down by stopping work for a 30-day period to allow for de-escalation. Dakota Access did not agree to this request." (http://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/Article/1000872/omaha-district-commander-statement-regarding-north-dakota-activities/) NOTE: Though that construction is on private land, the reason for halting construction (at some cost) is due to the confrontational and sometimes violent behavior of the protesters, i.e. Dakota Access is not doing anything wrong, but the Corps believes it is their responsibility to do something to reduce the violent actions of the protesters (https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/army-corps-gives-nodapl-protesters-hecklers-veto/).|
|11/4/2016||Army Corps (District Commander John W. Henderson) met with tribal leaders asking them to agree to actively work to reduce protester clashes with law enforcement, and diffuse the situation.||http://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/Article/1000872/omaha-district-commander-statement-regarding-north-dakota-activities/||"Concurrently, in an extended meeting with Tribal leadership from multiple Missouri River Basin Tribes at Fort Yates, ND last week, we all agreed to proactively exercise the leadership necessary to defuse tensions between demonstrators and law enforcement." The Corps also meet with ND leaders. "After meeting with key leaders in the State of North Dakota, we are confident that they share our commitment to diffusing tensions and maintaining public safety. [...] Finally, we want to thank all the Tribal leaders who met with us last week and have fully committed to the preservation of life and safety by strongly encouraging their supporters to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights and provide a safe and sustainable winter camp inside the reservation."|
|11/4/2016||Army Corps meets with tribal leaders to get them to move the protest camp off of Corps land from its current location and onto Standing Rock, near Cannon Ball, in preparation for winter.||http://www.nwo.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/Article/1000872/omaha-district-commander-statement-regarding-north-dakota-activities/||"We also agreed to work to provide a winter camp location near the town of Cannon Ball, ND. The location is inside the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Reservation Boundary where they have the resources and jurisdiction to provide better protection, security, and emergency response for their supporters. Our assessment is, after having visited these areas in ND on multiple occasions, there are a lot of individuals who have been brought together and now find themselves under difficult conditions. We will continue to work to ensure the safety of all involved. "|
|11/4/2016||Protesters try to trip up BIA regarding sacred items.||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztLQEUaBLgM|
|11/6/2016||Protesters gather at Fairview Cemetery in Bismarck to protest. Counter-protesters were also present.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/DAPL-protesters-demonstrate-in-Fairview-Cemetery-400174191.html||"They're drawing comparisons between the pipeline going through what they say is their ancestor's burial grounds to putting a pipeline through cemeteries. Police responded and saw people blocking one lane on Century Avenue, so they closed down the roadway for safety. The Bismarck Police Department kept a perimeter around about 40 demonstrators. Then, a group of counter-protesters arrived. Police kept the two groups on opposite sides of the road from each other and allowed both to continue to protest for about 45 minutes. Both groups left without incident or arrest. DAPL protesters left six red shovels in the cemetery. The State Historical Society has said there are no burial grounds in the pipeline's route." Garbage, protest signs, and the shovels were left laying in the cemetery.|
|11/6/2016||Protesters at Cantapeta Creek/Cannonball River set Turtle Hill on fire to try to force law enforcement away. They also attempted to use a semi to move burned vehicles on the bridge to access the private Cannonball Ranch where pipeline construction is happening. (These are the vehicles they torched on Oct. 27, and the bridge they blockaded themselves) LE is present at the request of the Army Corps, who asked them to keep protesters off federal land. No federal help has arrived to assist local LE in doing this.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/video-nodapl-protesters-set-fire-hillside-attempt-drive-back-police/||Protesters have fixed their sights on crossing Cantapeta Creek to gain access to the private Cannonball Ranch property where pipeline construction continues. On Oct. 27, they burned vehicleson a bridge and effectively closed off that route as a means to get access to the property. Protesters are also seen in the video using mirrors in an attempt to blind LE or their cameras (?). From a Morton County Sheriff's release: Morton County Law Enforcement reported that a semi-tractor (without a trailer) had backed onto the Backwater Bridge on Highway 1806. It was thought the truck was going to remove the burned out trucks on the north side. Authorities advised the protester representatives not to move the trucks as they were state property as well as advised them the bridge was still ruled as unsafe. Protesters indicated they were there for interviews and photos. Approximately 50 protesters gathered around the semi-tractor and several were tampering with the security fencing. By 10:20 am the number of protesters on the bridge was estimated to be over 100. By 10:30 the majority of protesters had left the bridge and returned to the camps. 20 remained on the bridge. Approximately 11:15 the semi-truck backed up around 20 mph and was going to crash into the barricade but applied brakes at the last second. The truck then exited the bridge and headed south. Around 1:00 pm protesters gathered on the Backwater Bridge and approached the barricade while law enforcement was working on deploying additional jersey barriers at the blockade. The protesters are not complying with LE commands to move back so tear gas was deployed. [...] Law enforcement observed protesters were leaving the north camp and heading to Turtle Hill, which was the scene of an earlier protest where the US Army Corps of Engineers asked the Morton County Sheriff to clear the area as they were there illegally. Additional protesters showed up with kayaks and a boat. At 10:50 the kayaks and boat started to shuttle protesters to the other side. Within the next hour over 100 protesters were shuttled across and around 12:30 protesters began to climb the hill toward law enforcement officers. The only arrest was a kayak protesters ferrying people across the Cannonball River and was transported to the Morton County Correctional Center. He was arrested for criminal trespass, obstructing government function and preventing arrest . Protesters started a grass fire at 1:12 pm. The Mandan Rural Fire Department was called, however, law enforcement personnel with fire extinguishers were able to put out the fire. Law enforcement used pepper spray to prevent the protesters from advancing. By 1:30 pm most protesters had crossed back over the Cannonball River. By 4:00 pm all protesters activity had ceased. (https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/video-pictures-nodapl-protesters-setting-fire-hill-law-enforcement-standing/) SEE VIDEO HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZyK8yNPKc0|
|11/6/2016||400 protesters held a "forgiveness" rally in downtown Mandan, surrounding a city block where LE and the courthouse is located. They say they forgive LE for alleged violent actions towards them.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/mandan/being-forgiven-not-on-official-police-agenda/article_f2b8e062-a5f8-510c-a371-8f8f7c0fc5ef.html||"“The last thing we feel like doing is forgiving today, but we do it anyway. It is medicine that will heal the world,” said event organizer Lyla June Johnston, a Cheyenne River Sioux tribe member. She referred to the Oct. 27 police sweep through a protest camp on the pipeline route in which 141 were arrested and protesters were shot with rubber bullets and bean bags and sprayed with pepper spray. Some protesters threw rocks and wood chunks and later some hurled Molotov cocktails at police. Mandan Police Chief Jason Ziegler slightly opened the front door to the sheriff’s department to say he had no intentions of coming out to participate in the forgiveness ceremony. “They’ve thrown fire bottles at our police; that’s why I’m not coming out. This is peaceful, but they have used Molotov cocktails. This is their thing and we won’t interrupt. If they would keep it like this, we would have no problem,” Ziegler said before closing the door again. Highway Patrolman Rob Moyle phoned patrol Lt. Tom Iverson at Johnston’s request and relayed the response that no one from the agency would be coming out, either. For himself, Moyle said, “It got chaotic out there (that day) and I did get hit by a couple of rocks, but in the end we all want peace. Their voices are being heard. I don’t feel good about the violence.”" PERSONAL NOTE: When will protesters ask for forgiveness for throwing Molotov cocktails, rocks, lighting fires, chasing a private herd of buffalo, etc.? That should be on the forgiveness agenda. This feels like forgiving a punching bag for knocking you down after you hit it and it swung back at you.|
|11/6/2016||Stars from the Avengers movies support protesters.||http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2016/11/06/avengers-stars-band-together-to-support-dakota-access-pipeline-protestors.html||"Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth assembled to urge fans to sign a petition calling for an end to the controversial North Dakota pipeline construction on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation." NOTE: The pipeline isn't on the Standing Rock Reservation.|
|11/7/2016||Protesters taxing the legal system. On social media they are encouraging the burden to purposefully cost Morton County money and "bankrupt" the system.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Morton-County-Court-holds-special-session-for-DAPL-protesters-400323811.html|
|11/7/2016||Bismarck Tribune publishes article outlining fued, conflict, and controversy connected to the many missing and slaughtered livestock and horses near the protest camps.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/livestock-killings-near-protest-camp-gain-attention/article_075e9011-a13c-54de-b238-5f6d539a99cc.html||Protest camp organizer admits she posted on Facebook to come and get free livestock, and that she and other protesters have cut fences because the livestock are getting in the way of their camp. Man who owns one of affected herd has spotty legal record.|
|11/7/2016||Dakota Access lays the last section of pipeline for the project, except for the Oahe crossing under protest.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/photo-pipeline-workers-celebrate-final-stages-construction-despite-nodapl-rioting/|
|11/7/2016||ND Newspaper Assoc. lawyer Jack McDonald says in interview that he doesn't think law enforcement should arrest journalists.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/nd-newspaper-assoc-attorney-journalists-nodapl-protests-shouldnt-charged/||He acknowledged that the definition of journalist has changed over time and made this difficult.|
|11/7/2016||Willliston law enforcement officer tells of his experience helping Morton County. He does not give his name, noting that other law enforcement officers have received death threats when their names are known.||http://www.willistonherald.com/news/member-of-williams-county-law-enforcement-shares-his-perspective-as/article_41f60d94-a38b-11e6-955f-bfff18496a4b.html||Nothing has been thrown at him yet, but a deputy from Williams County assisting with law enforcement at the Dakota Access pipeline has seen his fellow officers, some right next to him, get hit in the face with logs, water bottles, rocks and, once, while he was in close proximity, there were even gunshots at close range. [...] “There are different groups within the protesters I have seen, and some of them have been peaceful, and say they just want to pray to resolve things,” he said. “But I have witnessed others who say they need to escalate things and that being prayerful and peaceful hasn’t gotten them anywhere. We are seeing some who are more violent.” [...] He has seen faked social media reports, some with doctored photos, and he has seen the media reports that suggest police are using excessive force. But he was actually on the line that day, and says his fellow officers have stuck to police protocols. While this allows the use of necessary force, it also restrains officers to the minimum necessary.
“There was one post I saw where someone had shown a picture of himself being struck with rubber bullets, but not long after, there was another of him showing no damage,” he said. “We are confined and constrained by the law to ensure we enforce the law in a legal way that is safe for us and everyone. We train to use the minimal amount necessary, and we don’t want to go overboard or hurt anyone.”
Police have taken video of all their actions, archiving it in the belief it will support that they have followed this protocol.
|11/7/2016||Jury trials announced for some protesters who locked themselves to construction equipment and had to be cut free.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/article_1c9a0c7e-84f4-567e-bee3-63f6f0a2cb6b.html|
|11/8/2016||A teacher from North Dakota, along with several students, discovered someone had spray painted "NoDAPL" graffitti on the North Dakota section of the World War 2 Memorial in Washington DC.||http://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/graffiti-painted-on-north-dakota-wwii-memorial||Read the original Facebook post by the teacher, and more info here: https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/north-dakota-portion-wwii-memorial-vandalized-nodapl-graffiti/|
|11/8/2016||US Presidential Elections in which Donald Trump won and Republicans have control of Congress as well as won big in state governorships and state races.||I only note this to indicate a shift in power at the national and state levels due to previous incidents in which National Sheriff's Association et. al. suggested the Obama Administration was dragging their feet or being influenced by Archambault's sister to not assist or make a decision on the protest matter.|
|11/8/2016||As Donald Trump wins election, shares for Dakota Access go up 15%.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/shares-dakota-access-pipeline-company-15-percent-donald-trump-win/|
|11/8/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault releases statement following Donald Trump's presidential victory, calling on President Obama to stop the pipeline before he leaves office to reinforce his legacy.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/shares-dakota-access-pipeline-company-15-percent-donald-trump-win/||"The results of last night’s election indicate that we as a country have so much work to do. We must strengthen our resolve to protect the water, pray together for understanding, and pour our hearts and minds into the future of our children. This is what our ancestors did for us under extraordinarily difficult circumstances. And we stand strong today as Lakota and Dakota people with our allies, advocating for those not yet born, and all our relatives who have no voice. In this time of uncertainty, President Obama still has the power to give our children hope. We believe halting the Dakota Access pipeline presents a unique opportunity for President Obama to set a lasting and true legacy and respect the sovereignty and treaty rights of Standing Rock and tribal nations across America."|
|11/9/2016||After the election, as anti-Trump protests happened in cities across the nation, professional protesters were called to the NoDAPL cause.||https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10209900526323306&set=p.10209900526323306&type=3&theater||It has continually been suggested that there are outside agitators, professional protesters, etc. involved in created the violence and problems in this protest, but protesters have denied it. This says otherwise.|
|11/9/2016||Anti-Trump protests fill the news for the next week.||I only mention this, because it certainly stole media and celebrity attention from the NoDAPL protest. You can see they try to ramp it up one last time, before a predicted winter storm sets in on the weekend of Nov. 18-20. The protest in Bismarck on Nov. 14 had no police response, even though they put "arrestables" at the front of the protest. The next day, they turned towards vandalism and attempted to torch a vehicle while blocking a railroad, then rushing the police line and forcing LE to use pepper spray and a taser in order to get the dramatic video footage they wanted to get the spotlight back on them. This is my opinion, of course, but it's clear they are making a full-on effort to bring the protests into the cities here in Bismarck/Mandan in order to get people riled up and get attention just like the anti-Trump protests received.|
|11/10/2016||Status conference held regarding the lawsuit against the Corps.||http://www.jamestownsun.com/news/state/4127962-corps-tries-balance-free-speech-permit-rules-pipeline-opponents-dig-winter||https://s3.amazonaws.com/capalpha/DAPL_Army_Corps_Easement_Announcement_Coming_In_a_Matter_of_Days.pdf?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAIDITK4QVHWNVQ6LQ&Expires=1478966857&Signature=RYXqavzl5ahuN4HvcHoyWSj6NkE%3D|
|11/10/2016||Native American elders tell protesters to stop their protest and head back to the camp||http://www.fccnn.com/news/4157374-police-confront-protesters-dakota-access-pipeline-site|
|11/10/2016||Attempted rape at the main protest camp.||https://amp.reddit.com/r/IndianCountry/comments/5c5jz2/native_justice_at_the_camp_today_dallas_goldtooth/||"Today, over 70 men with a large group of women escorted out a man who attempted to rape a woman here at the Oceti Sakowin camp. Earlier in the day this issue was brought to the attention of the Oceti Sakowin headsman council, akicita okodakiciyapi and winyan okodakiciyapi (womens council) and they were asked to respond. Concerned parties wanted to know the camp's protocol for traditional justice and what steps we would take. We decided that the perpetrator needed to be found, brought before the Akicita society, told of his charges, allowed to talk, have someone speak on his behalf and then, after deciding his case, publicly shamed by walking him out of camp. Over 100 people followed him on the long walk out of camp as we publicly announced his name and crime for all to hear. Our procession was led by horseback riders. We walked him to the Cannon Ball river bridge south of camp and once there our men handed him over to the women who held him down and cut off his braids. After which we let him go as he walked south on Hwy 1806 where we told BIA police to come pick him up. This is restorative justice for our community. We led with Woiyukcan (purposeful thought) and then followed with Wocekiye (prayer) and ended with action. We want to send a message that such behaviour will not be tolerated by anyone. It was powerful really. Honestly...I could have chosen not to post. I could have chosen to keep this event silent. But what would that have served? These perpetrators need to be corrected & the women be made to feel safe, not ashamed to speak up, and allowed to heal." -- Dallas Goldtooth ADDITIONAL INFO: http://www.dailywire.com/news/11587/rape-standing-rock-phelim-mcaleer|
|11/11/2016||Peaceful protest of 250-300 people marching on Backwater Bridge, to honor the veterans.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/nodapl-activists-slash-law-enforcement-tires-vandalize-construction-equipment-renewed-protests/|
|11/11/2016||Protesters damaged law enforcement and first responder vehicles by slashing tires and cutting wires in the engine compartments. Some construction equipment was also set on fire, and they attempted to block the road again.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/nodapl-activists-slash-law-enforcement-tires-vandalize-construction-equipment-renewed-protests/||“Law enforcement got a report that there were protesters and vehicles headed on Highway 6 up to what is called Access Road 118, which is where Dakota Access Pipeline bored under Highway 6,” he told me, saying there were “about 100 protesters in vehicles and buses.”
“They made their way east onto the easement,” he continued. “We have seen graffiti, windows knocked out, wires cut in engine compartments, and some sort of damage done to the interior of the engine compartment.” [...] "“They set up their own blockade where they blocked traffic,” Keller told me, indicating that this took place along Highway 6. “There were approximately 30 arrests there and vehicles impounded. Three that I know of were arrested for damaging the equipment. At least 33 – 35 that we know off were arrested and taken into the Morton County Correctional Center.”
|11/11/2016||Highway 6 between County Road 138A and 135 is closed tue to heightened protest activity.||http://www.fccnn.com/news/4157374-police-confront-protesters-dakota-access-pipeline-site||Protesters climbed into Dakota Access construction equipment, and also started it on fire.|
|11/13/2016||A law enforcement support rally is held on the ND Capitol grounds, with over 300 people attending. Rep. Kevin Cramer, Sen. John Hoeven, and Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley speak to the crowd. The Patriot Guard motorcycle group was also present.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/hundreds-gather-to-support-officers-policing-protests/article_680ba36a-1ad7-55bd-af52-60f799830017.html||I was there. A polite and orderly crowd. After the speeches were over, I saw many people finding law enforcement and emergency personnel present, going up and shaking their hand and thanking them for their service.|
|11/13/2016||Chase Iron Eyes talks about protest at a Tedx event in Charlottesville, VA.||https://www.facebook.com/IronEyesForCongress/videos/419728285082479/|
|11/14/2016||NoDAPL protesters hold demonstration on ND Capitol lawn. They had no permits. There were about 1000. They marched to downtown Bismarck and stayed there until 3.||Protesters blocked the roads in Bismarck, closed down 3rd street, marched downtown. The Capitol buidling was locked down completely this morning. Protesters can be seen walking across the yards of homes down 3rd street route as they head downtown. Protesters chanted "stand up fight back." At 3rd and Rosser, protesters started yelling at cops "protect the corproation, that's your job." Other protesters tried to shush that. Later, the "arrestables" (those who were willing to be arrested) were brought to the front of the group (https://twitter.com/cgrueskin/status/798247032255377408 and https://twitter.com/cgrueskin/status/798239661814677505). However, the police did not seem to arrest anyone, or at least there were no overtly violent clashes. There was an incident where a citizen across the street seemed to yell at the police for not making arrests for people breaking the law. Amnesty International was present.|
|11/14/2016||Army Corps delays making a decision on the pipeline.||http://www.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/News-Release-Article-View/Article/1003593/statement-regarding-the-dakota-access-pipeline/||"The Army has determined that additional discussion and analysis are warranted in light of the history of the Great Sioux Nation’s dispossessions of lands, the importance of Lake Oahe to the Tribe, our government-to-government relationship, and the statute governing easements through government property. The Army invites the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to engage in discussion regarding potential conditions on an easement for the pipeline crossing that would reduce the risk of a spill or rupture, hasten detection and response to any possible spill, or otherwise enhance the protection of Lake Oahe and the Tribe’s water supplies. The Army invites discussion of the risk of a spill in light of such conditions, and whether to grant an easement for the pipeline to cross Lake Oahe at the proposed location. The Army continues to welcome any input that the Tribe believes is relevant to the proposed pipeline crossing or the granting of an easement. "|
|11/14/2016||Buffalo ranchers, some who were Native Americans, spoke about the losses they have experienced due to the protesters.||http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/nov/14/dakota-access-pipeline-reservation-ranchers-strugg/||"The anti-pipeline protesters descending by the hundreds on rural North Dakota in support of the Standing Rock Sioux aren’t necessarily standing with Beverly Fischer. Or her dead buffalo. An enrolled tribal member, Mrs. Fischer and her husband, Ernie, are convinced that at least 13 of their bison have been butchered, barbecued and eaten by some of the hundreds of activists trespassing through the livestock pastures of Cannonball Ranch since the protests erupted in August. In one day, the Fischers had three buffalo drop dead after hundreds of protesters on Highway 1806 panicked the herd in a clash with Morton County law enforcement. “They’re honking their car horns. Then the police are there, and the protesters are yelling and screaming and chanting, and the buffalo are across the ditch in the pasture, and they’re just running because they don’t know what to do,” said Mrs. Fischer. “They’re just running in big circles throughout the pastures,” she said. “By the end of the day, three were gone.” [...] For ranchers like the Fischers, catching those responsible for harming their livestock is almost impossible. They live about 43 miles from the Cannonball Ranch, where their herd of more than 600 bison graze over a vast expanse of 8,700 leased acres. “Some days, we would get three phone calls a day: ‘You’d better get up here; your buffalo are being chased,’” said Mrs. Fischer. “They keep riding up from the south of the ranch into the pastures where the buffalo are supposed to be grazing. So our animals are being stressed from being chased.”
Even those activists who mean no harm are causing stress for the bison, not to mention the Fischers.
“You’ve got people trying to walk up to them in the pastures because these people are so peaceful and pacifistic, they think the buffalo aren’t going to charge them,” said Mrs. Fischer. “We’re just damn lucky no one’s been killed yet.”
For whatever reason, the protesters have also made it their mission to help the buffalo escape by cutting the pasture fences.
“They would just walk out there a mile to where the buffalo are, cut fences, let our buffalo out,” said Mr. Fischer. “And then we started seeing within the last month, month and a half, reports of bison getting butchered. We have reports of them catching bison. There’s video of them chasing four of them and butchering them.”
|11/14/2016||Montana residents protest at their state capitol because the Gov. had sent some highway patrol troops to assist in ND.||http://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/protesters-criticizes-montana-gov-for-deploying-troopers-to-north-dakota||"About 50 people rallied on the steps of the Capitol on Monday to protest Gov. Steve Bullock’s decision to send several Montana Highway Patrol troopers to North Dakota last month.
Law enforcement officials in North Dakota asked for help under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a long-standing agreement among all 50 states.
Bullock said in a statement last week he signed off on the request as part of the compact. Ten MHP troopers deployed to North Dakota on Oct. 29 and returned over the weekend. According to the Montana Department of Justice, they served under the command of North Dakota state police and local law enforcement. North Dakota paid all costs related to the deployment.
Organizers of the Helena rally claim that police in North Dakota are using violence against protesters trying to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and say they don’t want Montana law enforcement to be part of it. “I’m all about helping state-to-state,” said Dustin Monroe, founder and CEO of the group Native Generational Change. “If there’s a fire, let’s help out North Dakota. If there’s a drought, you know, let’s help out. But let’s help out in a civil way. Let’s not try to go and violate civil rights.” Monroe has visited the protest camp at Standing Rock and says people gathering there have been entirely peaceful."
|11/14/2016||Protest leader Dallas Goldtooth announces on Facebook that the next day would be a day to "shut shiz down" and stop business as usual.||https://www.facebook.com/dallasgoldtooth/posts/10105945633349913||"Tomorrow, (11/15) we show the powers that be that this movement is irresistible. Tomorrow, we show that our movement is a hodgepodge of love, grit and downright badass passion.
We will disrupt. We will pray. We will stop business-as-usual. Shut shiz down.
As Kandi Mossett says:
"The Obama administration, now more than ever, has to step up and either rescind the permits given under Nationwide Permit 12; call for a full Environmental Impact Statement or flat out reject the Dakota Access Pipeline project from moving forward." Lets make it happen, family."
|11/15/2016||Protesters converge on Mandan in another unlawful protest (no permit), targeting an equipment storage site and blocking the railroad tracks. They moved a truck onto the tracks, slashed its tires, and attempted to light it on fire.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/25-DAPL-protesters-arrested-after-blocking-railroad-tracks-attempting-to-light-truck-on-fire-401337676.html||25 protesters arrested. Pepper spray and a taser were used when the protesters rushed the police line. Protesters slash the tires on a truck near the tracks to block the road (https://twitter.com/cgrueskin/status/798564500286779392), hang from railroad signs and spray paint the crossing signs. Arrests are made (https://twitter.com/cgrueskin/status/798588656508432384). Some protesters dress in red to call attention to women who have gone missing in Canadian man camps (https://twitter.com/cgrueskin/status/798562005963698176). See more here: https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/nodapl-protesters-block-railroad-tracks/ Tampering with railroad property can be prosecuted under federal law.|
|11/15/2016||Protesters converge on University Ave. near the Bismarck Airport, leading to the closing off of the southern portion of the road. Protest ended after 3.||https://www.facebook.com/KFYRtv/videos/10154065249784103/||Airport officials sent out notices the previous days to the various businesses and people who work at the airport, alerting them to this likely protest. The Airport has strict security guidelines regarding their property; protesters violating them will be facing federal offenses. The airport is located near United Tribes Technical College. A counter protest was also present. Amnesty International was present.|
|11/15/2016||Counter-protest present as NoDAPL protesters gather outside the Army Corps office.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Both-anti-pro-DAPL-protesters-express-concerns-in-Bismarck-Tuesday-401368646.html||Concerns over protesters trespassing across lawns and private property have led to counter protest support. http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Counter-DAPL-Protesters-Want-Secure-Neighborhoods--401368916.html|
|11/15/2016||Dakota Access asks courts to make a decision and override the Obama administration's political obstruction.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/dakota-access-pipeline-company-asks-courts-override-obama-administrations-political-obstruction/||President Obama had earlier said, before the election, that he would just let the situation "play out." After the election, the USACE made a decision to wait on making a decision.|
|11/15/2016||Robert Kennedy, Jr. voices support for the protest while visiting Standing Rock.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Robert-Kennedy-Jr-joins-DAPL-protests-401354086.html||"Kennedy is the president of a non-profit organization, Waterkeeper Alliance, which aims to protect and provide clean water across the globe. Kennedy met with Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault where he offered support and stood in solidarity. Kennedy disagrees with the idea that the permitting process was completely legal.
“That's like saying that if somebody is robbing a bank, since they've already gotten the guns and they've already got everybody tied up, we ought to let them just keep the money. They're violating the law and the shouldn't be allowed to get away with that,” says Kennedy.
Kennedy says he wants the pipeline construction to stop until a full environmental impact statement is completed."
|11/15/2016||ND Department of Health, Emergency Services Section, sends out press release to warn protesters of impending winter and how they can prepare for it. A low-power radio station is created and activated for protesters at 1620 AM that will keep them informed of the weather issues and provide safety information.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/politics-aside-nodapl-protesters-take-heed-changing-weather/||"There are many people in the area that have not experienced a North Dakota winter,” Tim Wiedrich, the North Dakota Department of Health’s Emergency Services Section Chief, says in a press release out today. “We encourage those individuals to listen in and take the necessary action steps to protect themselves and those around them before a winter weather event or other emergency occurs.” WATCH VIDEO ABOUT THE RADIO STATION: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ay4rdm53JLM|
|11/15/2016||Protest support rally held in New Orleans, Winnipeg, NYC, San Francisco, San Jose, a town in Poland, and other cities, some on the streets, others in front of Army Corps offices, as part of the push this week to International action.||https://www.facebook.com/dallasgoldtooth/posts/10105951637707133|
|11/15/2016||Salt Lake City Council passes resolution opposing pipeline.||http://www.sltrib.com/news/4591252-155/protesters-march-on-city-hall-slc||"About 300 hundred protesters marched on City Hall on Tuesday evening to witness the Salt Lake City Council adopt a joint resolution with Mayor Jackie Biskupski in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Protesters marched from the Bennett Federal Building down State Street to City Hall to observe the unanimous vote. Two weeks ago, more than 100 protesters attended the City Council's evening meeting. About 50 of them spoke in favor of hundreds of protesters in North Dakota who want to stop the pipeline that's planned to cross ancestral lands. Last month, Biskupski, along with mayors from Los Angeles; Seattle; Portland, Ore.; and Madison, Wis., sent a letter to President Barack Obama, asking him to halt construction of the pipeline until a full environmental and cultural review is completed."|
|11/15/2016||Six Nations in Ontario, Canada resurrect a road blockade in support of protest.||https://www.facebook.com/melissa.elliott.3766/posts/10154763858428092||"Six Nations Water Protectors (SNWP) will be resurrecting the blockade on the historic Plank Road (known as Highway 6) outside of Kanonhstá:ton (The Protected Place) - our sacred
site of struggle. We will be gathering in ceremony & prayer at 4pm November 15th and resurrect the blockade from 430-630.
We are uniting through direct action, firstly, to call Canada's attention to the extreme situation that is going on with our brothers and Sisters at Standing Rock, North Dakota. The Army Corps of Engineers has fast-tracked the Dakota Access Pipeline without proper consultation, and as a result, bulldozers are approaching Standing Rock as we speak. There have been numerous attacks on peaceful water protectors from attack dogs, to pepper spray, to violent arrests, unethical detainment, etc. We as Onkwehón:we (Original people) are united and today stand as one."
|11/15/2016||Dem. candidate for the House Chase Iron Eyes condemns Gov. Dalrymple for all that has happened.||https://www.facebook.com/IronEyesForCongress/posts/421007878287853||"These #NoDAPL protests are Dalrymple & the PUC's fault. Dalrymple is protecting a Billionaire with our ND tax dollars ($10Million & growing), while he builds a new governors mansion ($4Million+)! You want these protesters to go home then stop the got dam pipeline. It's your fault theyre here. It's your fault quiet ND farmers & ranchers in Morton Co have to put up with all the new traffic, it's your fault the only business between the protest camp & mandan closed because of your roadblock. You moved the pipeline to the cannonball river and told us, we who live downstream, to accept death, you ask us as parents to allow our children's future to be a slow death. This is your fault. Any reasonable self-respecting human is going to stand up. If it's too risky for Bismarck, it's too risky for StandingRock. End the pipeline, end the protests." Prior to the election, Iron Eyes was not against the pipline going in, just its current location.|
|11/15/2016||The NoDAPL day of action at Army Corps of Engineers locations around the nation. Part of the focus is on "de-colonization".||https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/nov-15-nodapl-day-of-action-at-army-corps-of-engineers||"Update (Nov 10): After the election results, we know that many of our communities are hurting and afraid. Donald Trump’s presidency will threaten many of the people and things we care about most – including Indigenous rights and the climate. Now more than ever, we need to stand together and show the strength of this movement. Together, we will fight with everything we’ve got to stop Trump’s dangerous and reckless agenda, but right now we have to keep the pressure on President Obama to do what’s right while he’s still in office and stop the Dakota Access pipeline.|
Indigenous leaders are calling on us to take to the streets and disrupt "business-as-usual" one week after the election to demand that President Obama’s Army Corps of Engineers and the incoming administration stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. On Tuesday, November 15th, join a massive day of action in solidarity with those at Standing Rock, and demand the Federal government and the Army Corps reject this pipeline. Find an event at an Army Corps of Engineer office near you, or sign up to host an action in your city to support the indigenous communities and landowners fighting on the front lines. The Army Corps fast-tracked the Dakota Access Pipeline without proper consultation, and as a result, bulldozers are approaching Standing Rock as we speak. But with coordinated, massive demonstrations across the country, we’ll make it clear that this powerful movement will not allow the sacrifice of Indigenous rights, our water, or our climate. This day of action is one of many calls for solidarity actions targeting not only the Army Corps, but stakeholders at every level -- including the banks who are funding Dakota Access and the companies building the project. If there’s not any Army Corp office or action near you, join or host an action at a bank that’s financing the pipeline, or any Federal building. If you're planning an action outside the US, you could organize it outside a bank financing the project or US embassy. This is one of the most courageous stands against a fossil fuel project this country has ever seen. Together, our movements stopped the Keystone XL pipeline almost one-year ago today, and an even bigger movement is rising up to stop Dakota Access and all fossil fuel infrastructure. We know that elections and individuals alone don’t create change -- movements do. That’s why we’ll continue to fight until native sovereignty is honored, indigenous rights are protected, and our communities, water, and climate matter more than fossil fuel profits. This is a movement-led day of action, taking leadership from indigenous groups active in the Standing Rock struggle including Indigenous Environmental Network and Honor the Earth. We encourage local action organizers to reach out to indigenous and frontline leaders in your community and work together in planning and organizing, reflecting that this moment is about social, climate, environmental, and economic justice - with a centering of indigenous rights and de-colonization.
|11/15/2016||Williston reporter details the difficulty press have in covering the protest.||http://www.willistonherald.com/news/journalists-run-obstacle-course-to-tell-dakota-access-story/article_f36f61a0-aac6-11e6-bc8f-631edb943957.html||She discussed the database the protest camp was building on media members (copies of drivers licenses), restrictions on what she could photograph or ask, journalists from NYC who had already formed an opinion, a lack of openess by law enforcement (they have received threats), farmers who were reluctant to be interviewed|
|11/15/2016||Actress Shailene Woodley goes to White House to oppose DAPL with Bernie Sanders.||https://www.facebook.com/ShaileneWoodley/videos/643695475791836/|
|11/16/2016||President Obama cancels the oil leases for companies in Montana, which were on Blackfeet tribe's sacred lands.||https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/11/16/obama-administration-reaches-deal-to-cancel-oil-leases-on-lands-tied-to-tribe/?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_oil-leases-815a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.b2e76c695f67||Though not specifically related to DAPL, the incident has merit in understanding the motivation of an administration that will and won't take decisive action in different situations. "The settlement comes as the Obama administration seeks to wrap up outstanding issues and as Native Americans in nearby North Dakota are protesting to block the construction of an oil pipeline just north of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. The exploration leases in Montana covered parts of the Badger-Two Medicine area of the Lewis and Clark National Forest in northwest Montana, an expanse that covers 130,000 acres surrounded by Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness and the Blackfeet Indian reservation."|
|11/16/2016||Protesters with same signs and banners as previous two days gather near the Bank of ND to protest, before moving onto Fraine Barracks nearby. Estimates are about 100 protesters.||https://www.facebook.com/KFYRtv/videos/10154067474844103/||Emergency services is located not far from this intersection. Personnel there have received threats via the phone from all over the world. Local business (coffee shop) located there all but closed for second time due to protester activity in this Memorial Bridge area. Amnesty International was present (via video from Facebook users Chris Lemke)|
|11/16/2016||Red Warrior Camp pushes back against SRT vote for them to disband, refusing to go. Discord evident as some protesters argue to listen to the elders and others say no.||https://www.facebook.com/RedWarriorCamp/posts/1778370609081558||"Without DIRECT ACTION..we would never have the worldwide attention to the issue of stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline. Without DIRECT ACTION the pipeline would have been 100% completed by now! Without DIRECT ACTION and the worldwide attention it received, SRST officials would not have the worldwide notoriety they now enjoy! We can go on...but there's always been those back room "negotiations" going on that the water protectors were never privy to...because real water protectors do NOT NEGOTIATE!" -- some commenters discuss moving to Iowa and setting up a camp there, where it was "warmer" and had fewer protesters.|
|11/16/2016||North Dakota National Guard called up to help law enforcement.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/ND-National-Guard-to-increase-presence-to-help-with-DAPL-protests-401733066.html||"A spokesperson with the guard says about 40 additional guardsmen, including North Dakota Air National Guard members from around the state will help law enforcement. That brings the number to about 130 servicemembers. The National Guard will assist in any duties that don't require licensed officers, such as manning traffic control points, doing welfare checks and more. "|
|11/16/2016||Chase Iron Eyes hints at support for Red Warrior Camp, the protest camp Standing Rock Tribal Council asked to leave because of violence.||https://www.facebook.com/chase.ironeyes.3/posts/277429702654768||"Sitting Bull would never stop Crazy Horse from going to battle, he would figure a way to help. The cause to stop this pipeline is a righteous one. We have the moral authority. We are appointed to send a cry out to the collective conscience of humanity, a conscience which calls us to answer to our spirit, to form a respect relationship with the natural universe, to find a new way, a new energy economy. This is real, possible, and necessary, now. Don't perpetrate violence, keep it direct & never back down."|
|11/17/2016||Protesters went back to downtown Bismarck, starting at Wells Fargo (because theyhelped finance the pipeline) and moved to federal building and elsewhere.|
|11/17/2016||Protest at Wells Fargo, Bismarck, then up to federal building. They also protested the library, chanting "these books must go". Protester arrested in downtown Bismarck. He is on camera resisting arrest, and also banging his head against the window inside the police car. Protesters arrested for breaking through the police line to get into federal building, as well as for an oustanding warrant from California.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Dakota-Access-Pipeline-protest-activity-brings-major-police-presence-in-downtown-Bismarck-401717436.html||Protester video of this says he was arrested for "just picking a flower". On camera police are heard telling him to calm down, and other protesters are also heard yelling for him to stop fighting it. A spit sock was placed on him, because he was spitting on officers. (https://www.facebook.com/KFYRtv/videos/10154069926064103/)The name "Charles" is heard. Outside media jumped on it quickly and started yelling police brutality, but Chris Lemke had the full event on video and it shows the man resisting arrest after the police told him to stop (http://kfyr.iheart.com/onair/todd-mitchellkafewhats-on-your-mindsat-nite-oldies-51869/not-nodapl-not-prodapl-probisman-15313017/) In front of the Federal Building, they are heard yelling "go back to Europe" to the counter protest standing across the street. Heavy police presence that followed the protest and kept them off of the street and on the sidewalks. Federal building and post office on lockdown for a little while (six protesters arrested after rushing in past police line), but opened up after protesters went elsewhere. US Marshals who were present were told to stand down and only observe and not get involved by the Obama Administration despite it being a federal building. (http://kfyr.iheart.com/onair/todd-mitchellkafewhats-on-your-mindsat-nite-oldies-51869/not-nodapl-not-prodapl-probisman-15313017/)|
|11/17/2016||Protesters move to Mandan to protest, first at Wells Fargo, then at the Mandan Jail.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/video-earned-nodapl-protester-red-fawn-fallis-attempted-murder-charge/||At the jail, the protesters chanted for the release of Red Fawn Fallis, the woman seen on video shooting a .38 three times a law enforcement officers. You can see the shooting here: https://www.facebook.com/BakkenFail/videos/1159152687509713/ Testimony reveals further evidence against Red Fawn Fallis, including that there were three spent casings in her revolver, and additional ammunition in her pocket. http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/three-spent-casings-found-in-protester-s-revolver-atf-agent/article_f186c185-012f-5cfa-9c19-4257fb3fad72.html|
|11/17/2016||Army Corps is hosting SRT at a meeting to discuss the easement under Oahe.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Dakota-Access-Pipeline-protest-activity-brings-major-police-presence-in-downtown-Bismarck-401717436.html|
|11/17/2016||Protesters attempt to surround Fischer buffalo, the same herd that was harassed and slaughtered earlier. Fischers have moved their buffalo to Selfridge.||(Info from daughter of Fischer family)||Some protesters said they were there to do "welfare checks" on the buffalo. (http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Ranchers-speak-out-about-butcherd-missing-bison-401787616.html)|
|11/17/2016||Protesters dox law enforcement and other personnel, releasing private information into the public for harassment purposese.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/morton-county-officers-working-nodapl-protests-targeted-hacking/||"During today’s illegal protest activities, protestors released personal information, including date of birth and home address, of a Bismarck Police Department officer,” a Morton County press release, set out yesterday evening, states. “Protestors have also publicly identified several other Bismarck Police Department officers and a Morton County Sheriff’s Deputy.”
“The tactic, known as ‘doxing’ has been used extensively by professional protest groups like ‘Anonymous’ and aims to publically [sic] release personal details of targeted individuals, like police officers and elected officials,” the release continues."
|11/17/2016||ND cancels tribal address to legislature, moving to in-person meetings instead. The traditional speech by the Chief Justice is also canceled.||http://www.inforum.com/news/north-dakota/4161792-nd-cancels-tribal-address-chairman-calls-decision-dishonor||"North Dakota legislators have canceled a traditional state of the tribes address in January due to security concerns over recent protests, but tribes will still have a chance to meet with legislative leaders at the start of the session. Members of Legislative Management voted 10-3 Thursday, Nov. 17, to cancel the State/Tribal Relationship and the State of the Judiciary Address, citing concerns about security and the recent strain on law enforcement resources while responding to Dakota Access Pipeline protests. [...] North Dakota Indian Affairs Commissioner Scott Davis said he worked quickly Thursday to find another solution after learning the event was canceled. Late Thursday, Davis told Forum News Service he had secured commitments from House and Senate leaders to meet with each of the tribes during the first week in January in place of the address in front of the legislative assembly. “I’m glad they accepted,” Davis said. “I think it’s a better plan. It’s more in-depth. You get more business done that way.” House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, who made the motion to cancel the addresses, said the state Capitol has been on lockdown numerous times recently due to protest activities. After meeting with the Highway Patrol to discuss security concerns, the legislative committee decided to cancel the speeches, which are not required in statute, out of safety concerns for Capitol workers. READ MORE: https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/john-andrist-burns-result-playing-fire/ Note that the chief justice speech was canceled for the same reasons, but the news media fixated on the cancellation of the tribal address and the other was barely mentioned at all.|
|11/17/2016||Chase Iron Eyes says the doxing of some LE is "legit."||https://www.facebook.com/chase.ironeyes.3/posts/277897832607955||"Somehow Morton county knows to have the news call me about things Last Real Indians posts & tweets. I haven't been an admin on there for a stretch, scouts honor. They were concerned about a tweet I didn't even know existed until they called me. It's legit as far as I'm concerned. It ID'd 2 officers known to brutalize water protectors. Idk if LRI did the research but props to those who did. It's not like how white supremacists put my picture, name & info on a huge site filled with white nationalists. It's not like local media tells the truth about how many people they shoot with rubber bullets, bean bags, how many they mace, and so on. Also when my bro was stopped in my vehicle and he had a warrant for protest action, Morton county sent a news release to ND media trying to make the story about the car belonging to me, and yes it did have expired tags lol but dang I'm fresh out the frying pan into the fire. I've been at the camp for the past few days. It's cold as hell tonight. 450 people have been arrested. They're charging people with felonies to spite them. And yes stand with the blue, we want law & order too, the kind that protects citizens, water & land instead of outside big $. Everything is advocacy media. You just have to try to cut thru gross propaganda."|
|11/17/2016||Chase Iron Eyes thanks all of the protest camps for their hard work, including Red Warrior Camp, which Standing Rock Tribal Council asked to leave two weeks earlier due to violence.||https://www.facebook.com/chase.ironeyes.3/posts/277445785986493||"We are in crisis and I don't know the answers. I've been at the camp and it's a tough place to be. Big gratitude to all at Sacred Stone, Red Warrior, Oceti Sakowin, scout camps and frontliners."|
|11/17/2016||Actor Mark Ruffalo arrives at Standing Rock.||https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008607349356&fref=ts||Many photo ops and social media moments ensue.|
|11/17/2016||Actor Mark Ruffalo posts to social media that he wanted Red Fawn Fallis, the woman who fired three shots at law enforcement, to be freed.||https://www.facebook.com/Indigenousrisingmedia/photos/a.1506213306062157.1073741828.1505463792803775/1522627007754120/?type=3&theater|
|11/17/2016||Joanne Mae Spotted Bear, and others, record video detailing corruption and problems in the camps.||https://www.facebook.com/joann.s.bear/videos/10208832675029055/||According to Spotted Bear, the Red Warrior Camp is responsible for bringing in drugs, alcohol, and two rapes. She said they were using over $1 million raised by GoFundMe not in accordance with what they claimed, and were holding onto that money. She noted that the Sacred Stone Camp was mostly "white hippies" and were not willing to share their supplies or money with other camps. Her friend expressed anger with Obama. They claimed various corruption was present in standing rock, that SRT Chairman Archambault was part of the problem, and that Red Fawn Fallis was innocent and should be released and that the $100,000 bail money was available but because of a conflict between her family and Archambault's family, nothing was being done to release her on bail.|
|11/18/2016||Chase Iron Eyes speaks out against the ND government for canceling the legislative tribal address.||https://www.facebook.com/chase.ironeyes.3/posts/278211079243297||"The ND leadership cancelling the tribal-state address is completely a lack of class. They claim Tribal-state relations are strained by the Dakota Access pipeline. News flash: there are 4 other Tribal Nations outside of Standing Rock if you want to be petty and punish Standing Rock focus on Standing Rock. The MHA Nation alone gave $1Billion in tax revenue alone to the State of ND when the state shouldn't be entitled to a dime of energy production on the Tribal Nation. There is a complete lack of appreciation for the economic impact Tribal Nations, Tribal colleges, casinos, all businesses, employees, institutions and ancillary economic drivers of all types that Tribal Nations & Natives pour into the state's economy, which is all of ours. Wake up."|
|11/18/2016||Photos released showing protest camp building permanent structures on Army Corps land, which is not permitted.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/photos-nodapl-protesters-build-structures-corps-land-violation-special-use-permit/||Morton County press release (https://www.scribd.com/document/331560613/2016-11-18-Perm-Structures-Winter-Wx-PR) contains safety information for protesters unfamiliar with North Dakota winters. It also states that the structures are not legal based on the special use permit that USACE issued on September 16.|
|11/18/2016||Forum held at Standing Rock to discuss issues. Includes actors Mark Ruffalo, Ezra Miller, and Shailene Woodley, as well as other activists. Archambault was also present.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Forum-held-in-Standing-Rock-to-discuss-DAPL-protests-raise-awareness-401919496.html|
|11/18/2016||ND legislator Rick Becker travels to protest camps to take photos.||https://www.facebook.com/beckerfornd/posts/1587356821573049||Protesters who have left the camps, and media, have noted that what you can take a photo of is highly restricted by the camp leaders and security. Becker seemed to get surprising access here.|
|11/19/2016||Actress/comedian Kristin Wiig wears "Stand with Standing Rock" T-shirt at close of SNL|
|11/19/2016||Protesters do more direct action in Bismarck/Mandan.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Authorities-arrest-two-for-criminal-trespass-in-Morton-County-402067305.html||Protesters start at capitol grounds, told by police to leave as they do not have permit. They then protest at Burleigh County Courthouse and then a Wells Fargo bank on Interstate Ave.|
|11/19/2016||Chase Iron Eyes urges protesters to not talk about planned illegal actions online or around others, also suggesting that there is no solution but civil disobedience and that current law is not legitimate. He draws attention to the bocked Backwater Bridge and notes it being blocked is a problem.||https://www.facebook.com/chase.ironeyes.3/posts/278798625851209||"New ways to bring pressure to DAPL & the governor are needed. Law enforcement parked those deuce & a halfs on the bridge deliberately to keep protesters south of the water, then someone lit them ablaze, it would be very very imprudent for the protectors to do that. Now protectors can voice their opposition as loud as we want south of the burned vehicles but can't stop construction. In order to stop construction one must trespass on DAPL property. They are leaving no options but to take the fight to Bismarck-mandan. It's way too cold already to do prayer walks to the bridge, or maybe I'm just weak. There are no large warm emergency sleeping quarters built for all those still in tents, like actual Walmart quality tents. I know I'm Jonny come lately. I never like to ask people to do things I wouldn't do myself but DAPL is forcing our hand, and indeed because of the patriot act, NDAA & high surveillance on everything, nothing is safe ask snowden, I would caution you to never agree to illegal behavior online, never urge illegal behavior or agree with anyone in person to do illegal things or with a phone present, even if you trust them. There is no other way but civil disobedience now. The law they want to maintain requires us to let them poison our water. That's no law, that's oppression. Again my thoughts are with those in the tents tonite. Lila wopila ichichapelo, tunkasila unshiulapo, wasagyapo."|
|11/19/2016||Private citizen who shared photos of friend's cattle that had been shot by arrows near protest camp has her personal information released to the public as well as receives repeated harassment.||https://www.facebook.com/julie.neidlinger/posts/10154807079231209||She, along with the families of pipeline workers as well as law enforcement have been part of a pattern of targeted doxing by protest supporters.|
|11/19/2016||Black Lives Matter members are reported to have flown to Williston, ND.||(waiting for more info)|
|11/19/2016||Two protesters are arrested for criminal trespass in Morton County.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Authorities-arrest-two-for-criminal-trespass-in-Morton-County-402067305.html||"Police say a landowner reported two people on his property taking pictures. Officers arrested two men, one from Montana, the other from California, west of Highway 1806.
The men were on private property owned by an individual and not by the Dakota Access Pipeline."
|11/20/2016||Former protester Michelle Thompson, from St. Louis, records video sharing her experience at the protest camps, and her reasons for leaving.||https://www.facebook.com/100004978654475/videos/708811545961461/||She talks about misuse and scam nature of how GoFundMe money was being used, how it wasn't a peaceful protest, how people from Bismarck/Mandan were nice and helped her get out of the camp, etc.|
|11/20/2016||About 400 protesters confront law enforcement at Backwater Bridge, trying to force the blockade off the road and break through police line. This is the same bridge Chase Iron Eyes suggested, the previous day, must be forced open.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/police-and-protesters-face-off-at-backwater-bridge/article_11111264-b9b3-5e7d-8ecc-40b17d324e7f.html||News reports saying it was sub-zero out are inaccurate. It was in the mid/upper-20s. They mean below freezing (32 degress F), not sub-zero. It was not below zero. Still cold, yes, but if you live where it goes below zero, you know there's a difference between mid-20's and -5. "According to the Morton County Sheriff's Department, about 400 Dakota Access Pipeline protesters were at the bridge as of 8:30 p.m. They were allegedly trying to move northward through a police line and start fires. The incident began at 6 p.m. when protesters moved one of the burned out trucks from the bridge, according to the sheriff's department. Dallas Goldtooth, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network, posted on Facebook Sunday night that protesters were "done with the military-style barricades." "It was to open up the road so in the daylight the world can see the face of militarized law enforcement and state oppression," he wrote of clearing vehicles from the road. Goldtooth reported that police sprayed protesters with a water cannon and used tear gas and concussion grenades to repel the protesters. It was 26 degrees in Cannon Ball at 9 p.m. Authorities have said the bridge is closed due to concerns about the structural integrity since the vehicle fires in October. Aidoneus Bishop, a protester on scene who helped move the burned vehicle, said he was hit with a rubber bullet in the hand and back. He said many people were soaking wet from the water cannons and being treated by medics at camp and the Standing Rock EMS." Some live feeds from protesters were giving out the emergency numbers and encouraging people to call the numbers to keep them tied up so people couldn't get phone calls through to police (though some protesters also called Homeland Security for help?). See video of what happened: https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/photos-video-approximately-400-nodapl-protesters-riot-backwater-bridge/ Reports (waiting for links) are coming in noting that protesters had their own bean bag guns, pellet guns, tear gas, started multiple fires, lit small propane tanks on fire to throw at police, and threw a rock the size of a cantaloupe on the head of a police offier. Regarding the water hose (not water cannon, but a fire truck and hose), listen to this podcast in which Drew Wrigley describes Heidi Heitkamp and he watching the live stream of what happened, commenting that they put out a grass fire and then also realized the protesters kept rushing the line to get wet so they could use it as propaganda -- all they had to do is step back 30 feet. (https://play.google.com/music/m/Dtzvw63copjoa2664zxn3kf7sue?t=Episode_25_-_Lt_Gov_Drew_Wrigley_ND_veterans_speak_out_against_NoDAPL-The_Rob_RePort)|
|11/21/2016||Former protester Michelle Thompson pulls video from Facebook after harassment and does a quick update video to explain the harassment.||https://www.facebook.com/KFYRtv/videos/10154083329054103/?pnref=story||She later does a phone interview with KFYR, explaining why she left the protest camp.|
|11/21/2016||Protesters are at Backwater Bridge trying to take it again, starting around 8 a.m.||http://kfgo.com/news/articles/2016/nov/21/pipeline-protesters-clash-with-police-in-morton-county/|
|11/21/2016||Protesters move into downtown Bismarck, gathering at banks and putting the Capitol on lockdown again.||They also protest outsideo KFYR studio, yelling "tell the truth" and make attempts to get into the building, which is on lockdown. At federal building (which went on lockdown) they began chanting "Obama do your job".|
|11/21/2016||Morton County holds press conference.||https://www.facebook.com/kxnews/videos/1254298664590474/||Rocks, burning Coleman cannisters, burning logs, slingshots, water bottles of incendiary matter used against the officers. One torched vehicle was moved into the ditch from the bridge. This went from 6 pm to early morning of today. They requested additional LE assistance from around the state, and also have Border Patrol assistance for this incident. Protesters in front of the Mandan LE building were warned to move on, but 16 were arrested because they locked armes and would not leave. They didn't use water cannons; they don't have water cannons. It was fire hose. That were firetrucks there to put out fire. The water was used, at some point, to repel some protest activities when they became aggressive to the officers. When they backed off, they reverted to mist at the front line. The water went about two hours. The field commanders decided to use water because of the aggressive nature of the protesters. Water is not normally used, but this was the best option at the time. Yes, it was cold, but we're not going to let people threaten officers in large groups. There was only one arrest because someone breached the line. The rest stayed behind the barriers. There was also OC spray used to disperse the crowd. The LE used restraint considering what was being thrown at officers (rocks, Coleman cannisters, an explosion in the protester area that they don't know where it came from). The vehicles are on the bridge, and not deemed safe by DOT. As long as protesters are down there every day, it's not safe for the DOT to be there. Before the DOT inspectors go down there, there can be no protester activity down there. There should be no one around the bridge before they inspect. It's in the best interest of everyone to leave the vehicles on the bridge so people don't use the road before it is inspected. We are reactive to what the protesters do; we aren't out there looking for interaction. The protesters have to do it in a lawful manner, and in the majority of the time, that's not happening. Crowd management is for peaceful protests, crowd control is when they are aggressive.|
|11/21/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault speaks to KFYR reporter. KFYR was the target of protests earlier in the day.||https://www.facebook.com/KFYRtv/videos/10154083007734103/||Archambault said the barricade at the bridge denies access for emergency vehicles and denies them their First Amendment right. He described law enforcement using "aggression they haven't seen before". He said the protesters have always been unarmed and making a stance and express concerns with voices. He said LE, then said Dakota Access pipeline, used force that concerns everyone. Said MCLE used water cannons, not to put out fires but directly on people in cold weather. He said water is now a lethal weapon because of the cold, so LE is no longer using non-lethal weapons. He commented on the rubber rounds, that they were not lethal, but because some people got hit in the face it is lethal. LE is using too much force and agression. He said there were 7 people that went to the hospital. The use of grenade cannons to launch tear gas has caused problems with some folks with their breathing. The launching of the cannisters aren't safe because they explode in the crowds. The tear gas in the launchers is a new thing. "Every time something happens LE takes excessive force to harm people." He thought LE needed to be held accountable for harming people. He said LE was taking direction from Dakota Access. He reiterated that the blockade was unnecessary and restricted their rights. That was a public highway and should be open for emergency vehicles. The unsafe bridge reason was an excuse. The reporter asked if they had drone video of boring under the river. He said he didn't know, but it wouldn't surprise him and that it was possible they were drilling under Corps land right now. "Look at what the water protectors have bene using. It's been consistent. They've been unarmed, using their voices. Now what you see is LE taking an agressive step to physically harm people."|
|11/21/2016||Chase Iron Eyes interviewed by Rob Port.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/chase-iron-eyes-nodapl-not-local/||(worth a listen -- good discussion; Iron Eyes clarifies that "keep it in the ground" is not Standing Rock's agenda)|
|11/22/2016||ND Attorney General concludes that DAPL's purchase of land does not violate the states corporate farming laws.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/After-review-ND-Attorney-General-says-purchase-of-Cannon-Ball-Ranch-by-Dakota-Access-LLC-does-not-violate-corporate-farming-laws-402533076.html||"Stenehjem's review determined that the land purchased is temporarily necessary for commercial development, the siting of facilities and other industrial purposes and, therefore, meets the corporate farming law industrial and business purpose exception. For an interim period, Dakota Access has entered into a tolling agreement that preserves the right of the state to file a lawsuit, if necessary, at any time in the future to enforce corporate farming laws if the company no longer meets the requirements of an exception under the laws. The agreement suspends the running of any applicable statute of limitations for a mutually-agreed amount of time. For the duration of the period, Dakota Access waives the right to use a statute of limitations as a legal defense."|
|11/22/2016||Chase Iron Eyes interviewd by Scott Hennenon the radio to discuss the recent violence.||http://kfyr.iheart.com/onair/todd-mitchellkafewhats-on-your-mindsat-nite-51869/scott-hennen-with-chase-iron-eyes-15327077/||(worth a listen -- good thoughts by both)|
|11/22/2016||South Dakota Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier calls for a boycott of Bismarck and Mandan.||https://lrinspire.com/2016/11/22/cheyenne-river-sioux-chairman-calls-for-boycottbismark/||"I urge you to join with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in effecting a complete economic boycott of the cities of Bismarck and Mandan, North Dakota. We will no longer spend even one dollar at local businesses. In September, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council voted unanimously to divest all tribal money from Bismarck and Mandan and asked that tribe members not spend any monies in these cities. We are now asking that ALL people who oppose this pipeline join us. These communities have led the violent law enforcement efforts against our people and we will not support them financially. If these communities will not listen to our reasoned pleas for justice and fairness, we must speak the only language they seem to have understood throughout the entire DAPL project: MONEY. I look forward to your cooperation in this effort and I call on all people who oppose violence against unarmed and peaceful citizens to #BoycottBismarck."|
|11/22/2016||Anonymous does DDOS attack on munitions provider based on claim that Wilansky was injured by a grenade thrown by law enforcement.||http://www.unicornriot.ninja/?p=11303||"Twitter user @AzureDeadSec who identified themselves as “working with Anonymous” as part of the group #DeadSec, took credit for taking down Safariland.com.
#DeadSec is generally known for conducting online operations against the Islamic State. @AzureDeadSec told Unicorn Riot:
“I took down the website of the group selling anti-riot weapons to the police at DAPL. After what happened to that woman’s arm it is no longer acceptable for us to stand silent.” – @AzureDeadSec"
|11/23/2016||Officials put up concrete barriers to keep people off of Backwater Bridge, the site of much conflict and the location of the original roadblock and vehicles created and burned by protesters.||http://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/authorities-erect-new-barrier-north-of-protest-camp#.WDZn0XzYJtA.facebook||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/mandan/police-erect-concrete-barriers-at-backwater-bridge/article_5e3d9396-53c5-5e7f-86ea-cb1bbd77ca8f.html|
|11/23/2016||Evidence collected to suggest that protester Sophia Wilansky was not injured by LE, but by an attempt to create incendiary devices made of propane tanks.||http://bearingarms.com/bob-o/2016/11/23/really-injured-sophia-wilansky/|
|11/23/2016||Deputy who manned the fire hose at the Backwater Bridge confrontation explains what was going on and why he used it.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/audio-deputy-sprayed-nodapl-protesters-fire-hose-speaks/||"“It seemed the peaceful protesters as you might call them who were there stayed back out of the range of the water. You could see the line form back away from that water so that they wouldn’t come forward any more,” the deputy said. “I would call them more peaceful protesters. The agitators, many of them stayed out there in the water and continued to harass, continued to try and push forward, continue to try and cut chains, cut wire, and come at us.” [...] there were attacks on the deputy and his fellow officers from the protesters. “There were rocks, chunks of asphalt,” he said. “I know I was hit at least twelve times. There was a gallon jug of water that hit me and fell down into the vehicle and hit another officer in the back of the head that was inside the MRAP.” And the protesters weren’t just throwing things, he said. “We know there were slingshots. I saw nuts on top of the MRAP,” explaining that the “nuts” in question are the metal kind you use with bolts. “I could hear them whizzing by my head.” He also said the protesters weren’t shy about using racial taunts aimed at black, Hispanic, and Native American officers who were on the line. “All night they were screaming at us, trying to taunt us, trying to I guess just push us. There were a lot of racial slurs thrown,” he said. “I didn’t personally hear those, the officers that I work with I talked to them later and they were talking about the racial things that were said to them. Trying to taunt them. Trying to make them angry. Trying to make them come at them. Trying to make them look bad.” And who was making these racial taunts? “The majority of the people I see out there were white people,” the deputy told me." The property in question that law enforcement is trying to keep the people off of is the Cannonball Ranch. It is private property. This portion had been sold by the rancher to DAPL a few months ago because he had been on the receiving end of vandalism (out buildings, ATVs, equipment, fencing) and was concerned about liability and didn't want to deal with the protesters any more. This is the site where protesters had set up a camp on the private property. The bridge is one of two roadblocks they'd built at the end of October with tires, vehicles, hay bales. It is on the bridge where the protesters burned vehicles. You can view videos from Oct. 27 when law enforcement asked protesters to remove the roadblock and clear off the county highway here: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B5jjcuIvK04tTjBlZzgzSWNMMG8|
|11/23/2016||Gov. Dalrymple, Sen. Hoeven, and Rep. Cramer send a letter to President Obama asking him to approve the easement.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/north-dakotas-top-elected-officials-except-heidi-heitkamp-call-obama-end-nodapl-rioting/||Sen. Heitkamp has come out asking for the pipeline to be finished, but she chose not to sign this letter or directed her comments directly to President Obama.|
|11/23/2016||Employees from local sporting goods stores, and patrons of other stores (e.g. WalMart) are reporting the shelves cleared of propane canisters.||(waiting for public link; this information has been privately gathered)||While it could be used for heat (though many protesters are now staying in Bismarck/Mandan hotels, the SRT casino, and even heading to Linton to get hotel rooms), the recent incident on Backwater Bridge that involved protester use of propane canisters and Molotov cocktails has citizens concerned.|
|11/23/2016||A group from Wichita, KS sends donations of food, tents, yurts to protest camp.||http://www.kwch.com/content/news/Group-from-Wichita-heads-to-pipeline-protest-in-ND--402571326.html|
David Vance and his wife are taking the more-than 730-mile trip from Wichita to deliver food, blankets, tents and clothing to people continuing to protest as temperatures drop. Vance says he's been planning the trip for about a week and in that time, he's collected a truckload of supplies from the Wichita community.
|11/23/2016||Convoy of protesters in vehicles protesting oil drive around the city of Bismarck most of the day, hoping to snarl traffic.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/DAPL-protesters-law-enforcement-talk-about-Fridays-demonstration-in-Bismarck-402775656.html|
"Protesters had a new tactic for getting their message out. They drove around Bismarck in cars, police say to disrupt traffic. "We had a report earlier today there would be a large group of people coming into Bismarck to drive around and walk around and that's basically to frustrate traffic and that's basically what they've been doing," said Sgt. Mark Buschena, Bismarck Police Department. Protesters say there was a proposal to put the pipeline north of Bismarck. "Today we are acknowledging that the pipeline was originally planned to go through Bismarck," said Erin English, protester." NOTE: The pipeline was NEVER going to go through the city of Bismarck. The north route was never actually submitted. And the city of Bismarck, with MANY Native American residents, not just white, is downstream from a different crossing of the pipeline, which is 17 miles west of Williston, another "white" city. No one protested that crossing when the pipeline went in.
|11/23/2016||Continued efforts by many community groups to support their local law enforcement by purchasing supplies.||https://twitter.com/BismarckPolice/status/801538905212407813|
|11/23/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault says in interview that he is concerned about how human waste is being dealt with in the camps, and that it could contaminate the water in the spring. He is also concerned about the damaged relationships from the violent actions of outside protesters.||http://www.vice.com/read/interview-standing-rock-sioux-chairman||"We've seen a big community pop up over there (the camps at Standing Rock). I go down there and I look at the waste. There's a lot of waste. It's a distraction from the water. If we're about this environment, we would be protecting Mother Earth. We wouldn't be hurting her. And yet, we're punching holes all over down there (pitching tents), in Mother Earth. That's a sacred place. But there's no regard. It's about instant gratification. When I look at that camp, I always think: What's going to happen when this is over? Who's going to clean that up? Who's going to put that land back to its natural state? Before this entire movement started, that was some of the most beautiful land around. There was a place down there where eagles, over 100 eagles would come and land. There were game down there—deer, pheasants, elk, geese. Now, it's occupied by people. And when masses of people come to one place, we don't take care of it.|
So how do we make it better? I heard that they're digging pits down there for their human waste. That's a flood zone. So when the floodwaters come up, that waste is going to be contaminating the water. We're no different than the oil company, if we're fighting for water. What's going to happen when people leave? Who has to clean it up? Who has to refurbish it? It's going to be us, the people who live here. Not only that, but there are relationships that are being damaged because of unlawful actions, violent actions, violent behavior against law enforcement. Law enforcement lives here. And we live here. The water protectors are going to be gone. When this is all done, I have to go up and clean that up. We have to reestablish our relationships then. So this is a good thing and I welcome everybody because we're all standing up for our water, but are we really mindful of what we're doing? Because, what's going to happen when this is done."
|11/24/2016||Jane Fonda and chefs are serving a meal at SRT casino to the protesters and the tribe.||http://www.papermag.com/jane-fonda-will-serve-thanksgiving-dinner-standing-rock-protestors-2105357027.html||Jane arrived in a private jet, rode in a limosine to the casino, flew out before the storm arrived.|
|11/24/2016||Protesters block the bridges between Bismarck and Mandan, and flood the streets with protests. Two are arrested.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/DAPL-protests-continue-on-Thanksgiving-day-402942356.html||They chant "shame on you North Dakota". They are also seen in video and photographs holding a sign "Kill A Pilgrim, Save The Water" as well as holding the head of a pig on a stick as they face law enforcement. Law Enforcement issues a Code Red phone alert to BisMan residents to let them know of the protest and riot activity. "Anti-DAPL pipeline protesters tried hard to distract law enforcement’s efforts by conducting protests in three different locations; the Backwater Bridge, Turtle Hill and blocking East Main and Memorial Highway in Mandan. The Turtle Hill event started this morning at 8:00 when law enforcement monitoring team noticed that protesters near Turtle Island were constructing a wooden bridge on the shore near the Red Warrior Camp to place across the Cantapeta Creek in order to occupy Turtle Hill. Protesters at this camp were observed wearing body armor and masks. They were yelling “remember 73” referring to 1973 when approximately 200 Oglala Lakota and followers of the American Indian Movement (AIM) seized and occupied the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Law enforcement gave verbal warnings to the Red Warrior Camp that if they stop making the bridge there would not be any arrests. The warning was ignored. By 11:30 a.m. there were approximately 350-400 protesters on Turtle Island and shortly after that the makeshift bridge was pushed into the creek and protesters began to cross over to Turtle Hill. They remained on the shore line and did not climb the hill where law enforcement officers were holding the line. Verbal commands were given to the 150-200 protesters at the bottom of Turtle Hill to retreat back across the wooden bridge. By 4:45 p.m. protesters were dispersing and making their way back to Turtle Island. No arrests were made.Protestors continue to violate federal regulations by using drones to harass and surveil law enforcement, endangering those below the device. One drone was flying so low that an officer was able to knock it out of the sky with his hand. It is now in evidence and will be used to determine the operator and possible charges. Protesters also continue to target law enforcement aircraft with laser beams which is a Federal offense. Around 8:30 this morning 170 protesters left the camps and made their way to East Main and Memorial Highway in Mandan. They blocked the entire intersection at 9:30 am. Law enforcement observed protesters wearing holsters, gas masks and carrying slingshots. Protesters method of law enforcement intimidation was evident when protesters were seen carrying a deceased pigs head on a stick. Officers also gave multiple commands to the crowd to disperse or they would be arrested and their cars towed. By 11:20 protesters were leaving the area and traffic resumed. Two protesters refused to leave and were consequently arrested. One was arrested for “physical obstruction of a governmental function” and “disorderly conduct”, both misdemeanors and one for “reckless endangerment” which is a felony. Both were booked into the Morton County Correctional Center. The third event took place on the Backwater Bridge at 10:30 am when a semi-tractor backed onto the bridge and 150-200 protesters assembled. Law enforcement received information that protesters were planning to “take the Backwater Bridge.” As of 6:00 pm (Central Time) all protest events have deescalated."|
|11/24/2016||Protesters are active at Backwater Bridge and Turtle Hill, wearing body armor.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/DAPL-protests-continue-on-Thanksgiving-day-402942356.html||"Hundreds of opponents of the pipeline demonstrated at the Backwater Bridge and Turtle Hill. The Morton County Sheriff's Department says protesters seemed to be wearing face masks and body armor. "On the North side you have members of your group wearing ballistic, they're wearing armor. Why would they be doing that if you are peaceful. We have always respected your right to respect to exercise your first amendment right, we always will," said a law enforcement official."|
|11/24/2016||Maori performed haka at the protest.||http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/politics/maori-risk-safety-haka-standing-rock||"“I didn't think I was going to do it there. I just had an overwhelming feeling to drop to my knee and deliver something from my ancestors, knowing full well that a haka would have provoked them, they wouldn't understand what it means, and these guys are looking at any reason to take a shot at us,” said Te Ua." They were not shot. Nothing occurred during haka.|
|11/24/2016||Veteran Sam Deering announces he is coming with the veterans headed to the protest.||https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10103957649495610&set=a.10103623462898230.1073741830.12934326&type=3&theater||"But now the day has come to put that kit back on, and head to Cannonball, North Dakota, and stand between the water protectors and the police, working illegally to protect the Energy Transfer Partners drilling of the Missouri River. Watching events unfold around the Dakota Access Pipeline has been mortifying and humiliating, and I would be lying if I said I wasn't scared. [...] The notion of putting my uniform back on, just to face off with other uniformed Americans looking to do me harm is honestly terrifying. The actions of the police from around the country who have answered the call of ETP, and other private interests like them, to stop the people from demonstrating or disturbing progress is terrible. But the media and public silence on the gross violation of human rights, treaty rights, and our environment is what truly disturbs me. [...] If you can't make it, donate! [...] the camp itself housing a huge group of Native American tribes and other humans from the US and abroad, is in serious need of financial and material assets."|
|11/25/2016||Protesters gather at Bismarck's Kirkwood Mall to protest on mall private property. 33 are arrested.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/DAPL-protesters-arrested-outside-Kirkwood-Mall-Friday-403033256.html||"Bismarck Police say officers responded shortly before 1 p.m. to a report of about 100 protesters inside the mall near Target. They say mall management instructed authorities to not allow any demonstrations in or on their property. The mall is private property. Police say protesters were asked to leave numerous times and those who didn't cooperate were taken into custody."|
|11/25/2016||Kirkwood Mall's Facebook page is flooded with 1-star reviews from people who don't live here, as well as calls to boycott the mall.||https://www.facebook.com/pg/KirkwoodMall/reviews/||On Facebook and elsewhere, protest supporters flood the business pages with one star reviews and nasty comments. This is a repeated occurence for any business targeted by protesters if they in any way oppose or comply with LE (see Nov. 30 Ace Hardware incident).|
|11/25/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault is shopping inside Kirkwood mall, leaving just before the protests begin.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/photos-video-standing-rock-chairman-shops-mall-just-dozens-nodapl-protesters-get-arrested/|
|11/25/2016||Col. Henderson from the Army Corps sends letter to SRT Chairman Archambault alerting him to a Dec. 5 deadline to clear the camps from Corps land.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/reports-army-corps-sets-december-5-deadline-emptying-nodapl-camps/||Read more here: http://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/army-corps-gives-protesters-until-december-5th The Corps is asking them to move to a "free speech zone" south of the Cannonball River, i.e. the Standing Rock Reservation, and off of Corps land. Any remaining on Corps land will be arrested for trespassing.|
|11/25/2016||Archambault responds to Corp demand that all camps clear from Corp land by December 5.||http://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/statement-from-chairman-archambault-on-army-corps-decision||"Today we were notified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that on Dec. 5th, they will close all lands north of the Cannonball River, which is where the Oceti Sakowin camp is located. The letter states that the lands will be closed to public access for safety concerns, and that they will allow for a ‘free speech zone’ south of the Cannonball River on Army Corps lands. Our Tribe is deeply disappointed in this decision by the United States, but our resolve to protect our water is stronger than ever. The best way to protect people during the winter, and reduce the risk of conflict between water protectors and militarized police, is to deny the easement for the Oahe crossing, and deny it now. We ask that everyone who can appeal to President Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers to consider the future of our people and rescind all permits, and deny the easement to cross the Missouri River just north of our Reservation and straight through our treaty lands. When the Dakota Access Pipeline chose this route, they did not consider our strong opposition. Our concerns were clearly articulated directly to them in a tribal council meeting held on Sept. 30, 2014, where DAPL and the ND Public Service Commission came to us with this route. [...] "|
|11/25/2016||North Dakota Emergency Services requests additional funds to cover the costs of the protest, which has gone on for more than 100 days without any federal assistance, despite the protesters living on federal land.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/ND-Department-of-Emergency-Services-requests-additional-funding-to-deal-with-ongoing-DAPL-protest-403029396.html|
|11/25/2016||Morton County Sheriff's Department Facebook page hacked/pulled down.||LE supporters have repeatedly reported Facebook users who have threatened LE and civilians, but FB has refused to act.|
|11/25/2016||Farmers and ranchers report on some of what has happened to them by protesters.||https://www.facebook.com/julie.neidlinger/posts/10154828816476209?pnref=story||"Farmers and ranchers have had their fences cut and hay stolen. Trepassing issues are constant. Some of their livestock has been slaughtered, and/or mutilated, or gone missing. Producers have been stopped on the road by masked activists and raods have been blocked. Drivers with no license plates or out of state license plates have played "chicken" on the road with rural residents, according to some reports. Law enforcement has had to escort school buses, schools have been locked down, and farmers and ranchers have barricaded themselves in their homes." One farmer and rancher, who operates a trucking business, hasn't left his place, as of one week ago, for seven weeks. He is afraid his property will be vandalized, his things destroyed.|
|11/25/2016||Article shows that ATF and FBI collected injured protester Sophia Wilansky's clothes as evidence. Burned propane canisters with human tissue suggest the likelihood of an attempt to create a bomb to use against law enforcement.||http://bearingarms.com/bob-o/2016/11/25/pipeline-protestor-sophia-wilansky-not-injured-concussion-grenade/||Though protest supporters continue the narrative that a grenade was used by police against Wilansky, the evidence is mounting up to suggest otherwise: "There were actually several 1-pound propane canisters recovered from the site of the explosion by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). You’ll note that the more severely damaged of the two canisters, shown in two different angles in the second and third photos above, seem to have coagulated blood and tissue upon them. If testing does confirm that the material on the propane cylinder is blood and tissue, then there is clearly enough to get a DNA match to the person who left that genetic material behind. While the ATF was cataloging the apparent components of a faulty improvised explosive device (IED, a kind of bomb) that domestic terrorists/protestors attempted to deploy against police lines, agents with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) went to the hospital to acquire Sophia Wilansky’s clothes, and they confiscated it into evidence."|
|11/25/2016||The Coronado restaurant in Phoenix, AZ donated their proceeds from the night to the protest.||http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/arizona-news/219864235-story||"On Friday night, the owner of the Coronado announced that 100% of Friday night's food sales will be donated to the protesters. The owner, Liam Murtagh, said the restaurant is very involved with community and humanitarian efforts, and supporting the protesters felt like the right thing to do. "More than anything, really, make sure that our dollars are going to something really worthwhile, especially on a day like today, where consumerism is really dominant, and a lot of dollars are not going to people at Standing Rock, who are in dire need," said Casey Hopkins. "What they're going through, I think, is incredibly unfair, and so, It's great that we can support them," said Maribeth England. Murtagh said the giving doesn't stop at food sales, as they have boxes in front of the restaurant, where people can drop off supplies at any time, to be delivered to the protesters."|
|11/26/2016||400 pro-law enforcement supporters held a prayer ralley near Memorial Bridge in Bismarck, before standing along the walkway on the bridge with pro-LE signs.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Bismarck-Mandan-residents-rally-to-Back-the-Blue-403156476.html||"A wave of residents in blue swept the Memorial Bridge Saturday morning. They say they are standing in solidarity with law enforcement that have been involved with the pipeline protests. "They're put under such strain right now, and the time that they have put in- it's ridiculous." - Bruce Bjelland, demonstrator" See photo here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154828414821209&set=a.10150437835046209.416618.782736208&type=3&permPage=1|
|11/26/2016||Protesters vow to stay on the Army Corps federal land despite an eviction notice requiring them to be gone by Dec. 5.||https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/republican-senator-pipeline-protesters-should-leave-camp/2016/11/26/a53051bc-b3f3-11e6-bc2d-19b3d759cfe7_story.html||"Standing Rock Sioux tribal leader Dave Archambault and other protest organizers confidently explained that they’ll stay at the Oceti Sakowin camp and continue with nonviolent protests a day after Archambault received a letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that said all federal lands north of the Cannonball River will be closed to public access Dec. 5 [...] “We are wardens of this land. This is our land and they can’t remove us,” said protester Isaac Weston, who is an Oglala Sioux member from South Dakota. “We have every right to be here to protect our land and to protect our water.” [...] Dallas Goldtooth, a protest organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network, said it is “an atrocious example that colonization has not ended for us here as indigenous people,” and that the government’s request will escalate already rocky tensions."|
|11/26/2016||ND Gov. Dalrymple asks for federal assistance to remove protesters from camps on federal land after Corps says the protesters need to be gone.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/governor-calls-for-federal-help-in-eviction-of-camped-protesters/article_bf5513fb-0298-5654-a30b-29319e110100.html||Federal help has been next to nothing during this multi-month protest. All law enforcement has been done by local sheriffs and city police, with other states and other ND counties sending sheriff assistance as they could. The costs for law enforcement for the state have reached past $15 million. Dallas Goldtooth, a spokesman for the protest camp, has stated that one goal is to bankrupt Morton County and the state of North Dakota, and encouraged protesters who are arrested to not seek bail but make the county and state pay to feed and care for them.|
|11/26/2016||Dallas Goldtooth, spokesperson at the camp, is pleased that Anonymous may have hacked the Morton County Sheriff's Department Facebook page.||https://www.facebook.com/dallasgoldtooth/posts/10105989379592093?pnref=story||"Anonymous hacked Morton County Sheriff's Department fb page. :)" This is a change in the stance set by Chris Big Eagle (from Aug. 27) who rejected the interference of Anonymous.|
|11/27/2016||Stand with Standing Rock concerts held in a few locations by different musical artists.||http://concert.standwithstandingrock.net/||At the SRT casino, the concert featured Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Jason Mraz, Joel Rafael, and John Trudell's Bad Dog. In Washington D.C it featured Dave Matthews, Tim Reynolds, Neko Case, Graham Nash, Ledisi, and Lakota Thunder.|
|11/27/2016||Musician Jason Mraz posts video telling the world how peaceful the protest is.||https://www.facebook.com/JasonMraz/videos/10154165336320698/||He is not staying out at the camp.|
|11/27/2016||Winter Storm (not blizzard) arrives, dumping 6" inches of snow on the Bismarck/Mandan area. Temperatures are relatively mild, so the snow is heavy and wet. There is no serious windchill factor with this storm.||This storm lasts several days.||Protesters are seen parked in campers in WalMarts, checking into area hotels, and pleading for money and help if they stayed at the camps. The Bismarck federal building, usually open 24 hours in the post office area, has restricted hours since the protests start due to fears of vandalism and people sleeping in the heated building.|
|11/27/2016||Standing Rock Rising group calls for a restraining order against the Army Corps of Engineers, the State of North Dakota, and DAPL employees as they await a pending lawsuit they have against these three. They call for federal assistance and protection.||https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1176345082431847&id=1131347910264898&pnref=story||""We are hereby calling for an immediate Restraining Order upon the Army Corps of Engineers, The State of North Dakota, & Dakota Access Pipeline Employees pending our upcoming lawsuit, & we are seeking immediate federal protection in this case, for the sake of our undisturbed, peaceful occupancy of the land under the 1851 Treaty." Oceti Sakowin Camp is publicly requesting immediate federal protection against the Army Corp of Engineers due to conspiracy to interfere with civil rights, extortion, and possible treason. In addition, Oceti Sakowin Camp has also asked for federal protection against the state of North Dakota for a laundry list of civil and human rights violations. To ignore these requests, would be ignoring the exact moral fabric this county's Constitution was based upon, and would continue another 500 years of oppression against the very indigenous people this country has oppressed for the last 500 years.|
We are asking for anyone that has stated "I stand with Standing Rock" to please stand taller than ever at this time. We need your support now more than ever. For the full Oceti Sakowin Camp press release: www.ocetisakowincamp.org/holding-truths
|11/27/2016||American Warrior Revolution posts video saying they were bringing a group up to help protect locals in Bismarck/Mandan who have been harassed by protesters.||https://www.facebook.com/americanwarriorrevolution/videos/1174575769298753/|
|11/27/2016||Hip hop group Salt-N-Pepa, at a concert in Bismarck, gets booed for saying they stand with Standing Rock.||https://twitter.com/cgrueskin/status/803077960433627136|
|11/27/2016||Army Corps releases info that they won't forcibly remove anyone from the camp or federal lands.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/corps-won-t-forcibly-remove-protesters-from-federal-land/article_0942e3aa-0598-5b31-83d9-69254582ba17.html||Earlier, the Corps had sent an eviction notice alerting all protesters that they were to be off of federal property by December 5.|
|11/27/2016||Veterans Stand for Standing Rock group sends out letter to ND veterans organizations asking them to remove opposition to their activity from online, and to support them.||https://www.facebook.com/julie.neidlinger/posts/10154841540146209||They literally say: remove your opposition from online and if you have concenrs, come to us directly to speak with us. They also lecture the ND Veterans organizations about disinformation, suggesting that the people who live here don't truly know what is going on but this outside group does.|
|11/27/2016||Morton County contacted Standing Rock to offer help preparing for an emergency, but Standing Rock rejected the assistance.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/posts/370286219990389:0||"On Nov. 27, prior to the storms in the area, Doering contacted Ward in order to coordinate efforts to set up shelters and provide cots, blankets, etc. as needed. Ward chose to designate Fort Yates School as the shelter and did not request any supplies from Morton County."|
|11/28/2016||Native Americans say white outsider protesters are treating the protest like a hippie festival, and are living off of the Native Americans.||http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/standing-rock-north-dakota-access-pipeline-burning-man-festival-a7443266.html||"People demonstrating at North Dakota's Access Pipeline protest have expressed frustration at white demonstrators who are reportedly turning up to "colonise" the camp. Concerns have been raised by protestors on social media, who claim that people are arriving at the Standing Rock demonstration for the "cultural experience" and treating it like Burning Man festival."|
|11/28/2016||John Burke releases video saying that after reading information and doing more research, he has changed his mind about supporting what is going on in the protest.||https://www.facebook.com/soldierofsteel1/videos/1722596784735367/||He also writes a post directed to veterans who want to confront law enforcement at the protest (https://www.facebook.com/john.burk1/posts/10208806755340925): "To any veterans that want to head up to standing rock to help protest, I would take a long hard look and do some serious research before you go throwing your hat into the ring.|
There's something fishy about all of this and a few things aren't adding up. You could potentially be walking into the wrong side of history.
My advice; do some research on this matter and don't go with the popular emotional response which is to side with the native Americans simply because they are native Americans and have been treated badly in the past. Truth is truth and it cannot be covered up with titles."
|11/28/2016||Charges against Red Fawn Fallis dropped locally, as they are moved up to federal court.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/protester-accused-of-shooting-at-police-to-be-charged-in/article_a67db6aa-5979-5392-b0aa-d1417eab3730.html||Fallis fired three shots at police trying to arrest her. The incident was caught on video. No officer was hurt, though one bullet went through the pant leg of an officer.|
|11/28/2016||Morton County Sheriff reiterates that it is his job to uphold the law.||https://apnews.com/74090bdc2818435b852dc0c429b04b70||"But Kirchmeier, who has the backing of the state's Republican governor and attorney general, defended officers' actions. He and other authorities said officers were assaulted with rocks, bottles and burning logs. Kirchmeier, a 53-year-old married father, grew up in this county, which has a population of fewer than 30,000 people — about 15 residents per square mile. He retired from the North Dakota Highway Patrol as a captain after 29 years, and had served in the National Guard for four years. The protests are demanding: Kirchmeier hasn't had a day off since August, routinely working more than 12 hours a day. The 34 deputies in his department are pulling similar shifts, he said, even with help from more than 1,200 officers from North Dakota and nine other states. Some officers have been targeted online by protesters, Kirchmeier included. He said someone recently posted the location of his father's grave, which he took as an effort to intimidate. "Social media has been very bad and it has turned out like law enforcement is building the pipeline," he said. "I can't stop the pipeline. My job is to enforce the law."|
|11/28/2016||ON CNN, Chase Iron Eyes and SRT Chairman Archambault say the pipeline isn't a for sure thing.||https://www.facebook.com/NewDay/videos/1165344700197378/||Iron Eyes: "It's definitely not a forgone conclusion that the pipeline is going to be built where it is currently routed. It was rerouted for a place north of the capital city of North Dakota -- Bismarck -- and it was moved to our northern boundary, our 1889 boundary. There are unsettled legal claims with the land in the area in question. We have our heads of state, tribal Chairman DAve Archambault II who is on with me, we have treaty councils who are on the ground and about 10,000 people, including 2000 veterans who are coming to join the peaceful, non-violent, and unarmed protest in Standing Rock to protect clean water. Not only that, but the Constitutional civil liberties and human rights and international rights of a nation-to-nation relationship between our tribal nation and the United States and treaty groups who are on the ground and who are committed to these concepts of unarmed non-violence. We expect a win. We are in for the long haul. [...] We're talking about clean water. we're looking to reevaluate our economic system so that we can value the true source of all economic wealth which is water which is our natural resource [...] water is sacred, but it's also good business to protect your water resources. If they would have rerouted their pipeline or went with their original route north of Bismarck we wouldn't even be in this fight right now."|
|11/28/2016||Veterans in support of event reach capacity, raise nearly $500,000 on GoFundMe. They consider a second trip.||http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/standing-rock-dakota-access-pipeline-military-veterans-event-capacity-fundraising-police-assault-a7443831.html||"The event, led by Michael Wood Jr, a veteran and former Baltimore police officer, and Wesley Clark Jr, a veteran, screenwriter and activist, is already collecting names of those who are interested in a second trip, which could be as early as the second week in December.
"This event (and this event page) will not tolerate hate, violence or divisive behaivor of any kind," their Facebook page reads. "
|11/28/2016||ND Gov Dalrymple orders mandatory evacuation of the camps on Corps land.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Dalrymple-orders-mandatory-evacuation-of-DAPL-protest-camp-on-Army-Corps-land-403459616.html||"“What this does is it gives us – because it’s a mandatory evacuation – certain powers under the law to include basically they’re on their own,” she said. She said that it warns protesters that the state will not send in first responders like ambulances if there is an emergency, and it also allows the state to block those bringing supplies to the camp. “If there are any kind of businesses that are delivering supplies to camp we can stop them from going there from the north,” Cecil Fong said." (https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/governor-jack-dalrymple-orders-sort-mandatory-evacuation-nodapl-camps/)|
|11/28/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault holds meeting in Bismarck library to discuss protest.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/tribal-members-sound-off-at-public-forum/article_b8c1503f-13ac-56b0-b335-92bf12701af5.html||"Tribal members said Monday if lines of communication had been open earlier in the process, and if officials had been open to listening, perhaps the crowd gathered in the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library wouldn’t be there and the months of protesting might never have happened." Public attendees said that Archambault spoke mostly about treaties and seemed to only choose questions from attendees who were with the protest camps. Sarah Vogel was present, with the protesters.|
|11/28/2016||Morton County and the Sheriff and other law enforcement agencies sued for excessive force by a National Lawyers Guild.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/kirchmeier-morton-county-sued-for-excessive-force-in-protests/article_6df6ca11-4e5f-5b03-985c-ce3a8d5cf3a8.html||"The Water Protector Legal Collective filed suit Monday in U.S. District Court in Bismarck seeking an immediate injunction to prevent Kirchmeier and other agencies from using impact munitions, such as rubber bullets, lead-filled beanbags, water and sound cannons, directed energy devices, water hoses, explosive tear gas grenades and other chemical agents against the protesters. The group wants the injunction while the court decides whether to issue a temporary restraining order against police, arguing the police actions and munitions fall outside legal parameters." (https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/read-left-wing-lawyers-group-files-class-action-morton-county-alleging-excessive-force/)|
|11/28/2016||Morton County Sheriff Department helping protesters whose vehicles slid off the road due to weather.||(waiting for link -- was described to me by someone there)||The wintery weather caused some protester vehicles to slide into the ditch (some overturned) from the highway. (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154834904816209&set=a.10150300429186209.382283.782736208&type=3&theater)|
|11/28/2016||Tulsi Gabbard decides to join the veterans heading to Standing Rock.||https://trofire.com/2016/11/28/tulsi-gabbard-set-join-veterans-standing-rock/|
|11/28/2016||Red Warrior Camp says (on Facebook) that people should stop giving to the RWC legal fund because it is in Cody Hall's personal name, and he has not been with the RWC for months.||https://www.facebook.com/RedWarriorCamp/photos/a.1736641606587792.1073741827.1736639133254706/1784151855170100/?type=3&theater||"It has come to our attention that people are still donating to the Red Warrior Camp legal fund. Cody Hall is no longer associated with Red Warrior Camp for months now. The legal fund in his personal name has not once been accessible for Red Warriors who have been incarcerated in the fight against DAPL. Please stop donating to this fund"|
|11/28/2016||Indigenous Environmental Network says there is no evidence of chemical spraying on protest camps, asking people to stop spreading the rumor.||https://www.facebook.com/ienearth/photos/a.346330010641.150464.186264980641/10154175831395642/?type=3&theater||"Please share this message. stories of planes spraying chemicals on the #NoDAPL camps are unverified rumors. #OcetiSakowin & #SacredStone camps have been looking into these rumors. But there is no verifiable proof, at this time. Right now...this rumor does not help us on the ground. It merely raises fear and tension in what is already a tense moment. So pleeeeease help us stop spreading this rumor. "|
|11/28/2016||Bus full of protesters from California headed to ND is stopped at Casper, WY for traffic violation. Drug arrest made.||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lwsAW4pGl8&app=desktop||One woman arrested for felony drug charges involving meth and marijuana. There were three or four additional misdemeanor drug charges for other passengers.|
|11/28/2016||Morton County releases "Know The Truth" YouTube videos to explain what is happening at the protests.||https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2NlMl2JJFm9oYzzdJFCRrg|
|11/28/2016||Sen. Harry Reid speaks out in support of the protests on the Senate floor.||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vcf6qE_b2_w||"the Standing Rock Sioux are fighting for their land...they've been joined by thousands of others...tribes in Nevada made it clear they stand with Standing Rock Sioux, and I do to. [...] security dogs have been unleased on people [...] police have used rubber bullets, tear gas, grenades, compression grenades 300 people have been treated for injuries as a result of this violence agains the protesters. The most severe injury took place a week ago when one young woman had parts of her arm and hand blown off. The violence at Standing Rock must end."|
|11/28/2016||Wes Clark Jr. says the veterans coming to join the protest are serving as "the conscience of the nation" but has refused to speak with local residents, farmers, law enforcement, or National Guard members being affected by violent protesters.||https://www.facebook.com/VeteransStandForStandingRock/videos/1798369050401881/|
|11/28/2016||John W. Whitehead, of the Rutherford Institute, calls the law enforcement action at the protest evidence of martial law.||https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/the_tyranny_at_standing_rock_the_governments_divide_and_conquer_strategy_is||"This is what martial law looks like, when a government disregards constitutional freedoms and imposes its will through military force. Only this is martial law without any government body having to declare it. This is martial law packaged as law and order and sold to the public as necessary for keeping the peace. These overreaching, heavy-handed lessons in how to rule by force have become standard operating procedure for a government that communicates with its citizenry primarily through the language of brutality, intimidation and fear." He uses examples of Waco, the Oregon standoff, Nazi's, etc. but fails to mention that the federal government has not come to help and the local law enforcement is trying to protect farmers, ranchers, property owners, etc. who live there and have been under seige by violent factions of protesters.|
|11/28/2016||Phone numbers and personal information published as a "Standing Rock/Fuck Trump" script.||https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wLZjfv9oPAg25z-wgXOm-AIg9s9KgNNqdd9Mf7W9P0Y/mobilebasic|
|11/29/2016||Law enforcement continues to help protesters with vehicles in the ditch and other incidents related to the winter storm. Using an airboat, LE takes down an American flag flying upside down that was abandoned in the storm and folds it for proper storage.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/video-cops-rescue-upside-american-flag-nodapl-camp/||"Which makes this video a law enforcement source sent me this evening all the more touching. It’s a view from the now-infamous Turtle Hill – scene of multiple conflicts between law enforcement and protesters – and in it we can see officers patrolling on an air boat in the middle of a blizzard going ashore to rescue an American flag which was being flown upside down near one of the protest camps.|
“The flag was properly folded and presented to the Adjutant General for safekeeping,”" FIND OUT MORE: https://youtu.be/vvFYgukXRLs
|11/29/2016||Singer Neil Young and girlfriend actress Darryl Hannah write letter to President Obama asking him to step in and protect the protesters.||http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nation-and-world/neil-young-implores-obama-protect-dakota-pipeline-protesters||"...the 71-year-old rock star calls the protest at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation “an awakening.” He says demonstrators are “standing strong in the face of outrageous, unnecessary and violent aggression.” He says law enforcement agencies and the National Guard are “seemingly acting to protect the interests of the Dakota Access Pipeline profiteers” with taxpayer money."|
|11/29/2016||Some protesters start to leave as the cold weather and snow takes a toll.||http://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/nodapl-protesters-are-thinning-out-with-cold-weather||"Kari Smitherman: "Definitely think a lot of people left after thanksgiving.. that's when I saw most people leave." A lot of the people that are staying here at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest campground, similar to Kari, their tents have been blown over, broken, covered in snow. But other people that came out were a little bit more prepared. Fate Heise has a cozy set up in a bus made home. He has been camping on and off at the #NoDAPL campsite since August. [...] Both Heise and Smitherman say the cold weather won't drive them away. Fate Heise:"That we're all hunkering down, doing the best we can to take care of each other, make sure we're all warm." Kari Smitherman: "I really don't have a cap on a time frame." Fate Heise: "Well, until we can defeat the pipeline and get that to stop and make sure the waters are protected here.""|
|11/29/2016||Conservative pundit Tomi Lahren discusses the protest on her show.||http://www.theblaze.com/video/tomi-to-the-conveniently-ignorant-on-the-dakota-pipeline/|
|11/29/2016||National Guardsman stalked, spat on, and called a "native killer" while going to his Bismarck apartment.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/bismarck/national-guardsman-reports-being-stalked/article_978f4e4d-c76b-53c7-858a-9a8b1fa40291.html||"A National Guardsman patrolling the Dakota Access Pipeline protests was spit on and called a "native killer" while walking through his apartment building hallway, according to Bismarck Police. The 25-year-old Bismarck man reported that he was wearing his uniform and headed to work when he was approached by a group in his northwest Bismarck building hallway around 7:50 a.m. Nov. 24. Three people spat on him and called him the name, police said. The man told police that the next day he was headed home from work and spotted an older, silver four-door car that appeared to be following him. He drove around several blocks before pulling into the back of the apartment complex, where he said the car pulled up behind him. The soldier reported that the people in the car appeared to be photographing his vehicle and license plate, and he suspected they were the same people he met in the hallway on Nov. 24, police said. The National Guard has since moved him to a hotel, and he has been instructed not to return to the apartment alone, police said. The case is under investigation."|
|11/29/2016||Due to ND governor's evacuation order of the camp locations following the Army Corps eviction, people supplying the camps on Army Corps land could be fined.||http://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/people-bringing-supplies-to-protesters-could-face-serious-fines||"Despite an evacuation order from the governor of North Dakota over dangerous winter weather, Dakota Access Pipeline protesters say they're staying put. And neither the federal government nor the state plans to forcibly remove them. But state officials could now fine, the people who try to bring in supplies. The Department of Emergency Services say law enforcement can stop vehicles in the area of the protest camp, and issue 1-thousand dollar fines for people bringing supplies in. Spokesperson, Cecily Fong said there will be "passive enforcement" of the rule, meaning officers won't have a supply blockade or actively enforce the restriction but may stop vehicles if they encounter them during their patrols."|
|11/29/2016||Protesters claim that someone booked the rooms at the SRT casino (Prairie Knights Casino) so there wasn't room for all of them during the winter storm.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/video-nodapl-activists-claim-someone-booked-rooms-standing-rock-casino-deny-protesters-shelter/||Australian activist Kevin Gilbertt posts a video making the claim, but later retracts the claim saying he got some details wrong. NOTE: Remember, this is the Standing Rock Casino. It is NOT in Morton County, and the Standing Rock tribe controls it and would be the one dealing with room availability and assistance for the protesteres.|
|11/29/2016||Trent Loos interviews protesters (Michelle Thompson and David Chutes (sp?), a Marine veteran) who left the protest, and discuss why they left.||https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/trent69050/episodes/2016-11-29T12_59_33-08_00||The protesters were sympathetic to Standing Rock's cause, but had reasons for deciding to leave. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1329650977092174&id=562727237117889 David reports the amount of embezzlement from the GoFundMe and other incoming funds, as well as some of the things he witnessed regarding actions. He said he was initially there for public safety, but said there were individuals who simply wanted to break the law and hurt LE. He said he knew he was in the right place to be eyes and ears to what was going on. He said he did not go to any security/infiltrator meetings, but said that they have a legal team there training them in how to "maximize their potential" in disrupting North Dakota and LE regarding baiting police before starting to shoot video. David said leaving camp was the most threatening moment; he had to abandon all of his personal belongings. His biggest concern had been for the safety of veterans in the camp, and when he learned about embezzlement, he gathered intelligence and brought it to people at camp. When those people realized he knew that info and was gathering it, they did not want him there. They did not want hiim looking over the camp finances and resources. Some of the GoFundMe money is being used properly, but the majority of money is not used properly; it's being distributed outside of the camp. He didn't recommend cash donations; those are not going where they say they are. David said he believed SRT was no longer in control. Individual tribes there have started their own financial and fundraising programs, most of which is not going to the people who need it. He said that what outside people need to know is that it should not have gone as far as it has gone, that the federal govt. should step in and end it, because there are a lot of radicals in camp, the number of veterans there with the different federal training and MOS's they have -- it's a national safety concern. He recommended not getting involved with any camp security and direct agendas if you go to the camp, because it won't end well. He said he had other associates still in camp, and they were gathering more information. He said the pipeline will be going in, and that this protest was all about money and had nothing to do with protecting the water. He said there were some there that really believed it was about protecting the water, but they're being misled. The interviewee asked about the silence of Obama, who had gone to Ferguson. David said there were parties on both sides, larger special interests, that were fundraising what is basically a domestic terrorist issue. He said the ND people's lives have been disrupted, and it will continue to be so as long as it continues. The threat is getting greater, especially with the animosity coming from a lot of tribes, and that it would not end well. Regarding how far would they be willing to go with direct action, some tribal members consider this the last war with the white man, and they are willing to die for it and their tribes to stop the pipeline at any cost. David believed they were sincere about that. He said they wanted to get their land back, how much land they could consume. It was about land rights. To respond to claims he was not a viable witness, he said he had been a Bernie Sanders supporter and that he only came out to the protest to find the truth. Regarding sexual assault claims in the camp, he said the security teams in the camp were doing a good job dealing with domestic issues in the camp, and that the women were being treated well in the camp. He said there was a lot of misleading information both inside the camp and outside. There's a lot of false reporting and professional actors on both sides to basically emphasize the situation to prolong the situation. He felt that the law enforcement was not aggressive from what he personally saw. He said LE was doing their best to provide safety to both protesters and oil company workers. If protesters obey the laws and do what LE says to do, they will be OK. When he ended up leaving, he had to leave behind his ID, credit cards, laptop, cell phone, EMT bag supplies, snowboard, legal documents, GPS -- he had a lot of things because he was moving to Las Vegas, but was forced to leave it all when escorted from the camp. Now he has to contact banks, get new IDs, and start over with the clothes on his back since his property was left behind.|
|11/30/2016||ND Gov. Dalrymple has press conference to assure people they aren't going to be stopping traffic or creating roadblocks, but reiterates that the area the camp is in is not safe for winter and spring thaw.||https://www.facebook.com/BisTrib/videos/10155014205916564/?permPage=1||The main camp is located on low ground where snow collects, at the mouth of the river. After nearly two feet of snow from just the first winter storm, spring thaw and runoff will flood the area. In January, it will get cold (for real, not just 30 degrees cold) and ice jams often push up on the land in that area. He said ND has never intended or had plans to clear the Corps property, and that if the Corps wanted it cleared, ND LE and National Guard wouldn't be doing it. That was a federal responsibility.|
|11/30/2016||Ace Hardware was rumored to no longer sell propane at LE request due to the possible propane canister bomb at previous conflict. Australian activist Kevin Gilbert takes to Facebook to get protesters to harass the store. Unfortunately, the rumor was not exactly true. The propane devices allegedly used against police had an Ace Hardware label on it. The store is selling propane, just not that type of tank.||https://www.facebook.com/kevin.happychappy/posts/1812484919024012?pnref=story||Gilbertt starts another online petition, gives out the phone numbers, and protesters show up at one of the store location. NOTE: This is a continuing reoccurance for this "peaceful" protest: terrorizing. Any person or business that the protesters deem a target is doxed and harassed online and via phone. This includes the Kirkwood Mall in Bismarck last week, in which 1-star reviews and nasty comments were left. The protest MO? Pure harassment of anyone who speaks out against the protest, or cooperates with law enforcement. The local Ace storeowner received some death threats to the point he wanted to just sell his store, after thirty years and friendships with Standing Rock, because he was so scared. (https://www.facebook.com/julie.neidlinger/posts/10154839989016209?pnref=story) HEAR A REAL PHONE CALL MADE TO ACE HARDWARE: https://youtu.be/y__kDiFXjVQ There is admission of outside agitators (towards the end of this phone call) who just want to cause trouble.|
|11/30/2016||Veteran Chris Turley walks 200 miles to Standing Rock as part of the veterans group.||https://www.facebook.com/Indigenousrisingmedia/videos/1537322382951249/||He speaks on video about keeping things peaceful.|
|11/30/2016||Trent Loos of Rural Route podcast talks to Ace from American Warrior Revolution regarding his change of heart on the protests and plan to come to Bismarck/Mandan to see what's happening.||https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/trent69050/episodes/2016-11-30T20_35_01-08_00|
|11/30/2016||ND Senator John Hoeven speaks on the Senate floor, rubutting what Sen. Reid had said earlier.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/video-senator-john-hoeven-addresses-misinformation-nodapl-protests-floor-speech/||"Twice challenged and twice upheld – including by the Obama administration’s own appointees – the federal courts found that the Army Corps had followed the appropriate process, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe was properly consulted, and the project could lawfully proceed,” Senator Hoeven said. “In total, the Army Corps held 389 meetings, conferred with more than 55 tribes, and conducted a 1,261-page environmental assessment, before finding that this infrastructure project has no significant environmental impact.”|
He also made a strong defense of law enforcement.
“There have been instances of trespassing, vandalism, theft and fire on privately owned ranchland. Residents have endured the challenges caused by roads being blocked or closed, either by protest activity or law enforcement’s response to it to ensure safety at a time when farmers and ranchers are busy harvesting, hauling hay, shipping calves and moving their herds from summer pasture,” he said.
“Law enforcement has worked to protect everyone. They have been patient, professional and diligent. They have not used concussion grenades,” Hoeven continued. “More than 500 protestors have been arrested for breaking the law, and over 90 percent of them are from out of state – many if not most are not Native American. They are environmental activists from other parts of the country.
|11/30/2016||ND Governor Dalrymple invites Standing Rock Tribal Council to meet to discuss the protests.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/governor-jack-dalrymple-invites-entire-standing-rock-tribal-council-meeting-nodapl-protests/||"I am asking the Standing Rock Tribal Council to meet with me so that we can work toward a resolution of the pipeline issue, but to also focus on maintaining the relationships that are very important to us all,” Dalrymple says in the release. “There is a great deal of outside influence at play surrounding the ongoing pipeline protests including the arrival of many out-of-state agitators, but it’s very important that we do not let this issue divide us as a state. The relationships that have built between the state and members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are important, and will continue to be important long after the pipeline issue is resolved" Dalrymple has in the past tried to communicate through SRT Chairman Archambault, but had little success resolving the issues going on through that route.|
|11/30/2016||Chase Iron Eyes takes to Facebook to suggest that law enforcement et. al. should be doxed.||https://www.facebook.com/chase.ironeyes.3/posts/283944338669971||"The Governor, the Sheriff, those who smile when they blew Sophia's arm open, those who congratulate each other when they split someone's head open with a less lethal bullet at close range, those who sprayed water in freezing temps feloniously endangering lives, they all have names and addresses."|
|11/30/2016||Jeanna Knoll writes about the protest, highlighting the amount of environmental damage the protest is causing to the river and land they are saying they want to protect.||https://www.facebook.com/notes/jeanna-knoll/nodapl-protesters-are-polluting-our-water-and-destroying-our-environment/1324659750887561||"Again with the crudity, but to illustrate the point as graphically as possible, let’s just focus on the real shit. There are no facilities in this area, none, these are formerly unoccupied and privately owned grasslands. One more time, let’s do the math. The average human being produces one ounce of stool for each twelve pounds of body weight, meaning that the average adult produces about one pound of feces per day. Let’s make it easy math anyone can do and use round numbers. Five thousand people, each producing one pound per day, for one hundred days is equal to 500,000 pounds or 250 tons of fecal waste. You cannot tell me that all 250 tons of that shit was properly collected in porta-potties regularly pumped and emptied in accordance with environmentally protective regulations, mostly due to the fact that the protesters themselves have blocked the roadways. My life-sustaining water source used to be protected and unpolluted before the arrival of the protesters. Now there are potentially 250 tons of shit in or very near and soon to be washed into or seeped into my water source, hundreds of tons of shit that was heretofore not a grave threat to me."|
|12/1/2016||ND Veterans organizations release a statement regarding the out-of-state veterans coming to join the protest at Standing Rock.||https://www.facebook.com/julie.neidlinger/posts/10154841540146209?pnref=story||"North Dakota Veterans Coordinating Council (NDVCC) which is made up of the American Legion, AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign War, and the Vietnam Veterans of America adamantly opposes anyone representing themselves as a U.S. military veteran or a Veterans Organization to associate or involve themselves with illegal activities that have occurred or take part in any unlawful or unbecoming conduct or assembly in protest to the DAPL. "|
|12/1/2016||Charmaine White Face writes a letter to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader asking the protest to end and speaking about the power of prayer.||https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154841787851209&set=a.10150300429186209.382283.782736208&type=3&permPage=1|
|12/1/2016||ND Veteran speaks out against the veterans coming to joing the protest.||https://youtu.be/C1WzkHhSDPY||Online, pro-protest people begin mocking ND Veterans, suggesting they are just old men from the nursing home, or spend their days drinking beer at the VFW. They are called traitors, racists, Nazis, and out of touch on the wrong side of history.|
|12/1/2016||Two female deputies at the front line attacked by protesters who claimed to be veterans.||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NQG8qhYDfY||The protesters said they were veterans, insulted them, tried to use grappling hooks to take down the wire, pelted them with snowballs, and said that there were hundreds of veterans coming to finish the job.|
|12/1/2016||Unicorn Riot and protesters shut down Minneapolis Wells Fargo.||https://www.facebook.com/unicornriot.ninja/videos/383654175302143/|
|12/1/2016||Rep. Tulsi Gabbard asks President Obama to halt the pipeline, and says she is going to join the veterans supporting the protest.||https://www.facebook.com/RepTulsiGabbard/videos/1195920207161158/|
|12/1/2016||Federal judge rejects protest request for injunction against Morton County.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/federal-judge-rejects-request-injunction-nodapl-lawsuit-morton-county/||"...filed a class action lawsuit against Morton County, and Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, for allegedly using excessive force against #NoDAPL rioters. As a part of that suit they had requested that Judge Hovland enjoin law enforcement from using non-lethal crowd control tools like tear gas and stun grenades. But the rejection of the request wasn’t based on the facts. Hovland didn’t even get that far. He rejected the request because the lawyers for the protesters didn’t follow the rules."|
|12/1/2016||Law enforcement asks for help in finding three men responsible for attacking Kyle Thompson, a security guard.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/police-ask-assistance-locating-nodapl-protesters-wanted-attacking-security-guard/||FLIR video shows Thompson's truck struck by protesters, and the chase as well as how they then used his truck as a roadblock which they lit on fire.|
|12/1/2016||News article published that talks about the environmental damage the protest camp is doing to a formerly pristine natural area.||http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/dec/1/dakota-access-protesters-accused-of-destroying-env/?||"Those familiar with the camps near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, increasingly are distressed over the pits of human waste and garbage pockmarking the formerly pristine prairie revered by the Standing Rock Sioux as sacred ancestral land.|
Rob Keller, spokesman for the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, said the protesters are “saying one thing and doing another” when it comes to safeguarding the environment.
“We’ve seen pictures of trenches and the garbage thrown in there. So that’s protecting the land?” Mr. Keller said. “And then the snow came in, and I’m sure it’s just a muddy mess now, because that’s river-bottom water, which is silt. It will be a mess.” SRT Chairman Archambault had said something similar in an interview with Vice magazine, noting there used to be wildlife and eagles where the camp is but likely not now. Protesters have been chopping down wood, creating roads on grassland, and now that winter has arrived, will likely not be able to move before spring flooding washings everything down Cannonball River and into the Missouri River. Human and food waste, ash, plastic tents and bags, clothing, tent poles, etc. will be washed into the very river they claim to be protecting.
|12/1/2016||ND Rep. Kevin Cramer speaks on the floor of the US House to talk about the protest and rule of law.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/video-rep-kevin-cramer-blasts-obama-nodapl-cant-encourage-illegal-behavior-wonder-violence/||"Last night Congressman Kevin Cramer delivered a similar speech, accusing President Obama of encouraging illegal behavior. “You can’t encourage illegal behavior and then wonder why there is violence,” Cramer said. “The rule of law matters. We cannot allow lawless mobs to obstruct projects that have met all legal requirements to proceed.” “I am one of many North Dakotans who are tired of what once began as a peaceful protest and is now a full-fledged riot,” Cramer continued. “It’s time for the bad actors, celebrities and political extremists to leave our state.”|
|12/1/2016||Chase Iron Eyes reports that humanitarian aid has been unloaded.||https://www.facebook.com/chase.ironeyes.3/posts/284532321944506||"10pm unloading truckloads of humanitarian aid that made it past the profiling :) guys chill out, ND can't make it illegal to ship things onto the Rez. Seriously the right to regulate interstate commerce rests solely with Congress, not the states. That's why when Dalrymple claims to even be remotely able to illegally profile, stop, and fine people simply for bringing in humanitarian aid to the Rez he is sorely misguided. Everybody gets so scared. I thought this was 'Murrica, land of the free, home of the brave."|
|12/1/2016||Chase Iron Eyes refers to law enforcement presences as the "militarized zone"||https://www.facebook.com/chase.ironeyes.3/videos/284408905290181/||"Dec1, 2016. Family time next to the militarized zone. 1868 Treaty Territory."|
|12/1/2016||Chase Iron Eyes suggests that the LE and National Guard are mobilizing to take action.||https://www.facebook.com/chase.ironeyes.3/posts/284301338634271||"National Guard is mobilized, the Governor keeps posturing, first responders are filling up Bismarck. If the Army Corp (Obama) grants this easement to drill under the river, it's going to be unpredictable. December 5th draws neigh. It's scary as hell, not gonna lie. What's scarier is watching your children die because we didn't stop this pipeline. The Gov & Law Enf could attempt to execute something on or near the camp sooner. Camp should be on alert and ready to mobilize urgently."|
|12/1/2016||Chase Iron Eyes advocates non-violence and also refers to the protest as today's Ghost Dancers.||https://www.facebook.com/chase.ironeyes.3/posts/284281218636283||"Natives are peaceful & passive right now because of a very deliberate process of de-arming us, destroying our economy, imposing poverty cultures & values to turn us into begging dependents, forcefully colonizing us via boarding school (mental-religious-sexual) spiritual invasion, emasculation & capturing methods. Our natural state as human beings is to be liberated, it's not to be passive. Peace requires action. The reason why I am a proponent of staying unarmed & NonViolent is it makes no sense tactically or strategically to approach the corporate state in methods they are designed to swiftly & violently extinguish under color of the law. We are the Ghost Dancers of our day. This time allies of all origins share in this vision."|
|12/1/2016||Veteran Matthew Crane calls the local law enforcement a "domestic enemy" in an interview where he talks about why he is joining the protest.||http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/standing-rock-north-dakota-1.3877269||"American veteran Matthew Crane has been to Iraq and Kuwait, and has led disaster relief teams in the U.S. Now he says he's found a new mission at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in North Dakota, supporting those opposing the Dakota Access pipeline. The 32-year-old navy veteran is one of a growing number of ex-military members heading to the centre of the pipeline fight as part of a group called Veterans Stand for Standing Rock. [...] For his part, Crane says he is willing to be a human shield between local law enforcement — which he describes as a "domestic enemy" — and those who have congregated at the site to oppose the pipeline. "They're not protesting, they're praying," he said. "We're going to act as a barrier." [...] Veterans here say there are a number of reasons drawing them in, including standing up for Indigenous people, environmentalism and even seeing an opportunity to put specialized survival skills to use. Brandee Paisano, for one, chokes up when she describes why she is here. She's an Indigenous U.S. navy veteran from the Laguna Pueblo tribe in New Mexico, who was raised by a single father who did two tours in Vietnam. [...] Mark Sanderson, a former special forces soldier from Texas, sees the task here as being similar to a peacekeeping mission but on home soil. He's hoping to make law enforcement question some of their tactics in dealing with the protesters. "I bled in Iraq and you're going to threaten to shoot me on a bridge in North Dakota?"|
|12/1/2016||Congressional members Henry Johnson and Raul Grijalva send letter to request that the DOD take back the equipment given to North Dakota law enforcement.||https://www.facebook.com/julie.neidlinger/posts/10154847657716209||They solicit signatures from others in Congress, and ask that the DOD take back equipment to protect the protesters from police and keep the police safe themselves. No mention made of the violent protesters involved, or how the police would stop them from trespassing. "It is likely that a lot of the military equipment used by law enforcement in North Dakota was provided through the Department of Defense Excess Personal Property Program, also known as the 1033 Program. The program permits the Secretary of Defense to transfer excess DOD personal property, including military supplies and equipment, to state and local law enforcement agencies. Under the program, the weapons are considered to be on loan and DOD maintains title over the property. Please join us in sending a letter to the Secretary of Defense asking that the DOD exercise its authority to immediately request the return of the 1033 military equipment in the possession of North Dakota law enforcement. This will not only ensure that the constitutional rights of the water protectors are not violated but also de-escalate the situation, increasing the safety of water protectors and police officers alike."|
|12/1/2016||The Underwood News interviews law enforcement officer who has been involved in the protests. He describes the difference between peaceful and violent protesters.||https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154846868636209&set=a.10150437835046209.416618.782736208&type=3&theater||He makes clear there are some peaceful protesters, but he also describes the violent and combative protesters and what it has been like dealing with them. He talks about bags of feces and urine that the protesters have thrown at officers.|
|12/1/2016||Claims of interference with cell and wifi signals are investigated by Cracked website.||http://www.cracked.com/personal-experiences-2418-the-standing-rock-hacks-cracked-unravels-real-conspiracy.html||No official information beyond speculation as to whehter this is true at this point, but interesting. It's important to note that in rural ND, you will not get a good cell phone signal beyond the cities and off the interstate, particularly in a hilly area like the protest. When I go to the farm (not anywhere near the protest site), my phone's battery is dead in about an hour simply from trying to find a signal, and it flashes on and off as it tries to connect. It's common to put the phone on airplane mode to save the battery in rural areas where cell coverage is weak. If you use anything but Verizon as your carrier, you will also notice terrible phone connection.|
|12/1/2016||Steve Martin (not the actor) writes about his pipeline experience and his concerns about the pipeline.||https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=146083859205542&set=a.146092079204720.1073741828.100014117860713&type=3&theater|
|12/2/2016||Actress Patricia Arquette seen in Bismarck/Mandan purchasing supplies for the protesters.||(private facebook link -- waiting for a public link)|
|12/2/2016||International Indigenous Youth Council brings donations to law enforcement as a peace offering.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/International-Indigenous-Youth-Council-gives-peace-offering-to-law-enforcement-404342096.html||"Several weeks ago, law enforcement dealing with DAPL protests sent out a list of goods they could use if the community would like to donate them. The International Indigenous Youth Council saw that list and decided to use it as an opportunity for de-escalation. Lead by the council, demonstrators dropped off Gatorade, water, batteries, breakfast bars and more. The teens said they wanted the police to know they have compassion for all people and all walks of life." Morton County also thanked them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/photos/a.162536147432065.1073741828.140989796253367/367424520276559/?type=3&permPage=1|
|12/2/2016||US Attorney General Loretta Lynch releases statement regarding protest.||https://www.facebook.com/DOJ/videos/10154703128089030/|
|12/2/2016||Williams County sheriff helps out Morton County by sending officers.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Williams-County-Sheriffs-Department-assists-with-DAPL-protests-in-Morton-County-404344376.html||Nearly every law enforcement entity in North Dakota has, at this point, come to assist Morton County as much as they can. ""The protesters that were down there, there were some that were very peaceful, and some that were very violent and very angry," said a Williams County Sheriff's Department officer. He and many of his coworkers have volunteered to help the Morton County Sheriff's Department handle the escalating tensions. "Obviously we had the rounds fired at us, we've had objects thrown at us. I've watched water bottles and hunks of wood and just about anything they can get their hands on thrown at law enforcement," said a Williams County Sheriff's Department officer."|
|12/2/2016||Native American Elder Charmaine White Face writes in Argus Leader that the protesters should go home and trust in prayer.||http://www.argusleader.com/story/opinion/voices/2016/11/30/voice-elders-request/94689512/||"To do this means trusting that your prayers were heard, and not just for good water at Standing Rock, but for good water all over the world. It means having patience to wait for whatever the creator has in mind. It means trusting that the maker of innumerable universes is wiser, knows more, sees more, and can accomplish much more than mere human beings. It means being humble in waiting for the answer to your prayers. Elders who have seen and experienced these miracles, and who give their requests need to be heard. The elders are requesting now that it is time to break camp at Cannon Ball, go home, and trust that your prayers have been heard. Go on about your lives and let the creator and the “big spirits” answer the prayers. It might not be in a way you thought of, but it will be in a much better way."|
|12/2/2016||It's announced that the state capitol will have restricted access starting this legislative session.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/ND-State-Capitol-increasing-security-measures-for-upcoming-legislative-session-404393716.html||"New security measures will go into place at the state Capitol on Monday. Visitors will no longer be able to use the west and north doors, which will only be accessible by key cards. The south and east wing doors will be open, but visitors will have to pass through a metal detector." Acces to ND government buildings and officials has always been remarkably open and free, sans metal detectors, but the protesters have changed that. It used to be you could walk in easily, and possibly spot the governor or other representation as you walked about.|
|12/2/2016||Sen. Heitkamp meets with President Elect Trump to talk about energy, oil, coal, gas. Rumors that she might become Secretary of Energy abound.||http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/democrat-heitkamp-talks-coal-oil-pipelines-with-trump/article/2608759#.WENxkZEUgds.twitter|
|12/2/2016||FAA grants a journalist permission to fly a drone in the TFR.||http://www.forbes.com/sites/johngoglia/2016/12/02/faa-reverses-course-grants-drone-journalist-permission-to-fly-in-no-fly-zone-over-standing-rock/#5be959a07724|
|12/2/2016||Sen. Cory Booker wants the DOJ to look into police brutality against protesters.||http://countercurrentnews.com/2016/12/months-police-brutality-us-senator-finally-calls-investigation-dapl-oppression/||"Senator Cory Booker sent a letter to US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who heads the US Department of Justice, demanding they conduct a civil rights investigation into allegations of violence against both law enforcement as well as the protestors, who are chiefly composed of Native Americans. He also urged Lynch to send federal monitors to the site “to ensure that protestors can peacefully assemble and exercise their First Amendment rights.” Booker is not the first Senator to speak out about the increasingly dangerous situation in North Dakota, though he is the first to call for an outright investigation into law enforcement behavior at the site. In October, four Senators – Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Edward Markey (D-MA) – sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to direct the Army Corps of Engineers to require a full environmental impact statement regarding the pipeline’s crossing of the Missouri River that would consult local native tribes, namely the Sioux. Other Senators have stood behind the pipeline’s parent company, Energy Transfer Partners, such as both of North Dakota’s senators, John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp. Both have questioned the lawfulness of the protests and Hoeven has urged the President to augment the already massive law enforcement presence at the site." NOTE: Chiefly composed of Native Americans is the claim, but people here know the large numbers of whites and BLM members that were a part of the protest.|
|12/3/2016||Christian activist Shane Claiborne announces he is joining the protest to stand against the police and corporations at the request of Chief Arvol Looking Horse, who has asked all faiths to stand with them.||https://www.facebook.com/ShaneClaiborne/posts/10153849204141371?pnref=story||Claiborne repeats several wrong facts in his appeal to have people pray for the protection of the protesters and noticeably misses asking for prayer for the citizens, farmers, ranchers, and law enforcement who have been dealing with this for months.|
|12/3/2016||Jordan Chariton, reporter for Young Turks network (same group Wesley Clark Jr. is with) brags about pretending to be from ND to get people to talk to him, calling people here "proDAPL".||https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10100844173865848&set=a.951228628288.1073741825.24700182&type=3&theater||His Facebook fans make jokes about the intelligence and culture of North Dakotans, make jokes about the movie Fargo. Chariton says he practiced for doing this by watching "Fargo" several times. Chariton wears a Ford T-shirt, a blue pro-law enforcement band on his wrist, and a camp to "blend in with the locals." You can see screenshots here, also: https://www.facebook.com/julie.neidlinger/posts/10154849619721209 UPDATE: You can watch his video here: https://www.facebook.com/TYTpolitics/videos/1785262155054825/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED|
|12/3/2016||Law enforcement holds a news conference detailing their meeting with Wesley Clark Jr. and several other leaders from his group. They are putting the responsibility to keeping protesters peaceful on them, and will increase the distance between police and protesters.||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X18HDMKnmAs||The police will increase the distance and not have the same presence at Backwater Bridge and Turtle Island as before, but the VSSR group has to keep protesters peaceful, and they are now responsible for keeping them from rushing the bridge, crossing the river to get to Turtle Island (Corps land), and using drones beyond these boundaries. In other words, VSSR has to keep the protesters where they are supposed to have been all along, the areas the police never bothered them in. It is only when they have tried to trespass beyond this area onto private property that the police have had to stop them. Sheriff Laney from Cass County mentions that there is credible intelligence that some violent factions in the camp were trying to arm and trigger veterans with PTSD to clash with the police in a way that would provide inflammatory video footage. VSSR leaders, in their meeting with law enforcement, acknowledged there was a violent faction in the protest, that they knew who they were, and that until now, they had not been able to be controlled but that they would control them. Law enforcement will not engage with the protesters unless they again try to engage with them as they have in the past. LE said they don't want to engage, and never have wanted to, but had to when protesters tried to trespass. They, too, wanted peace. Terms for de-escalation can be found here: https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/law-enforcement-offers-nodapl-protesters-terms-deescalation/ They are THE SAME TERMS that law enforcement has been asking of protesters the whole time, but the protesters have refused to abide by.|
|12/3/2016||Worries over security due to NoDAPL protests cause NDSU to cancel a speech by conservative Milos Yiannopolous.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/ndsu-speech-breitbart-personality-canceled-due-nodapl-protests/||"The event which was scheduled for Friday, December 16th, was suddenly hit with a large security fee increase however unlike many other universities that used security fees as an attempt to censor MILO, the threat by Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters to disrupt the event posed a viable risk to those in attendance. “Unfortunately the state of North Dakota has a issue with our pipeline” said Jamal Omar, a North Dakota University student and Vice Chair of the College Republicans who invited MILO to speak. “Many of the protesters (some of which have shot at officers) wanted to protest here and unfortunately we couldn’t manage to keep people safe.” (PERSONAL NOTE: I can't say I'm crying over this...)|
|12/3/2016||Veterans protest and catcall police on Backwater Bridge.||https://www.adn.com/nation-world/2016/12/02/veterans-build-barracks-for-dakota-access-pipeline-protesters-in-the-cold/||According to the agreement with the VSSR veterans group, there are to be no protesters on the bridge.|
|12/3/2016||SNL weekend update features the protest, mocking police and North Dakota.||https://www.facebook.com/369998729819485/videos/741944092624945/||"just let the natives have North Dakota"|
|12/4/2016||Wesley Clark, Jr. and about 1000 veterans are coming to join the protest for three days.||http://taskandpurpose.com/where-evil-resides-veterans-deploy-to-standing-rock-to-engage-the-enemy-the-us-government/||Also http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/22/us/veterans-stand-for-standing-rock-trnd/ and https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/veterans-planning-support-nodapl-bringing-body-armor-gas-masks-supposedly-non-violent-operation/|
|12/4/2016||ND Emergency officials outline the plans they have to help protesters when the weather gets seriously cold.||https://apnews.com/180a2329c1a04818890e43884cd432ce||Up until now, even in the recent winter storm, the day time highs have been in the 20's and 30's. The coming week is the first of the usual December/January/February cold where the HIGHS of the day are in the teens and single digits, and the lows are below zero. "The head of North Dakota's emergency management services says the state is prepared to respond to Dakota Access pipeline protesters who may need help during a winter storm or some other crisis. State Homeland Security Director Greg Wilz said it would be a "huge challenge," especially during a mass evacuation, but his office has winter shelter plans in place and various agencies are ready to respond. "The bottom line here is, if we are in a situation of life and limb, we are going to be humane in anything and everything we do," Wilz said. "We aren't going to let somebody out there freeze. So if they start evacuating en masse looking for shelter — which I highly suspect will happen — we would take care of that." [...] Wilz said his office has received no response from emergency management officials at Standing Rock about whether they have any emergency plans or whether they need support from the state."|
|12/4/2016||Fargo radio personality Jay Thomas collects a semi-load of donations for the law enforcement who have repeatedly put out lists of things they need.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/fargo-radio-host-holds-supply-drive-for-officials-at-pipeline/article_76135304-3279-55e1-a5ac-eaeef675f0a6.html||Protesters have been receiving millions in donations via GoFundMe for supplies, winterization, etc. Law enforcement, due to the cost of this protest for the state and their budgets for this rural region, have needed things like hand/foot warmers, snack bars, energy drinks, balaclavas, batteries, boot grips, etc. The community has been bringing in these supplies, but Thomas wanted to do a hard push and was successful. There is also a GoFundMe set up in the BisMan community, run by the Morton County auditor, to raise funds for law enforcement needs. (https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/help-needed-wday-supply-drive-results-semi-load-support-cops/) Remember, no federal help has arrived, and the other states who initially tried to help had to pull their officers because the protests against them helping North Dakota law enforcement made it a political issue. This state (population of around 700,000 people) has had to deal with this on their own for the most part.|
|12/4/2016||Army Corps tells SRT Chairman Archambault the easment to cross at Oahe will be denied.||http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/Dakota-Access-Pipeline-Denied-near-sioux-reservation-404636436.html||Statements by Rep. Cramer and Sen. Hoeven condemn the decision (read here: https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/feds-set-reject-easement-dakota-access-pipeline-afternoon/). SRT Chairman suggests that the protesters can now go home "In his statement, Archambault added, "With this decision we look forward to being able to return home and spend the winter with our families and loved ones." (http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/corps-denies-easement-to-complete-dakota-access-pipeline-construction-in/article_3de3e500-3ddf-594d-b52e-b0b66c8246b1.html)|
|12/4/2016||Chase Iron Eyes says the protesters will not be leaving, and that this is now about negotiating treaty rights and legally imposed poverty.||https://www.facebook.com/chase.ironeyes.3/posts/286363178428087||"We are not leaving. Period. We need to make a stand for our Treaty rights, now is the time to renegotiate our Treaty, our government to government relationship, grinding, debilitating economic, political & legally imposed poverty culture just doesn't seem to be working." https://www.facebook.com/chase.ironeyes.3/posts/286103208454084|
|12/4/2016||Veterans, Rod Webber, and others, march to the barricade.||https://www.facebook.com/rod.webber.50/videos/10157774596680123/||Referred to police as corporatie hired entities acting against American citizens, and they were going to stop them.|
|12/4/2016||Veterans groups that have arrived to the protest were told by elders to not involve themselves in direct action.||http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/12/04/feds-block-route-dakota-access-pipeline.html||"Earlier Sunday, an organizer with Veterans Stand for Standing Rock said tribal elders had asked the military veterans not to have confrontations with law enforcement officials, adding the group is there to help out those who've dug in against the project. About 250 veterans gathered about a mile from the main camp for a meeting with organizer Wes Clark Jr., the son of former Democratic presidential candidate Gen. Wesley Clark. The group had said about 2,000 veterans were coming, but it wasn't clear how many actually arrived. "We have been asked by the elders not to do direct action," Wes Clark Jr. said. He added that the National Guard and law enforcement have armored vehicles and are armed, warning: "If we come forward, they will attack us." Instead, he told the veterans, "If you see someone who needs help, help them out."|
|12/4/2016||Energy Transfer Partners issues press release regarding USACE denial of easement, saying the intend/expect the current planned route to be completed.||http://ir.energytransfer.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=106094&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=2227348||"As stated all along, ETP and SXL are fully committed to ensuring that this vital project is brought to completion and fully expect to complete construction of the pipeline without any additional rerouting in and around Lake Oahe. Nothing this Administration has done today changes that in any way."|
|12/4/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault says, in interview with local television news, that the "pipeline had every right to go through..."||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Demonstrators-celebrate-the-Army-Corps-decision-to-deny-the-DAPL-easement-while-police-look-forward-to-a-return-to-normal-404693085.html||(I am absolutely confused as to why he said that.) "That pipeline had every right to go through, but because of the support that we have, because of the people who gather and are part of this, are able to build enough noise to help America understand..."|
|12/4/2016||An informant in the camp tells law enforcement that a truckload of weapons has arrived in the camp.||(This is later verified after Feb. 23 clearing of the camps when law enforcement revealed on video during a press conference that they had an informant in the camps)|
|12/5/2016||Snow begins around 9 am, though temperatures are mild and in upper 20's. The winter weather creates slippery roads. This later develops into a blizzard.||Protesters cars and buses with veterans go into the ditches. Law enforcement -- THE SAME ONES WHO HAVE BEEN TARGETED FOR MONTHS AS MONSTERS -- again help them get out of the ditch, and also begin escorting protesters into town. A special alert goes out to let them know the Mandan Braves center, and Flasher school, are open as emergency shelters. The roads are slick, the snow and wind strong, and windchills are -20 or more. THE PROTESTERS HAD BEEN TOLD REPEATEDLY that winter was serious and they would not leave. Residents of the city reported for days the number of protesters arriving on airplanes from Denver who were wearing leggings and did not have winter survival gear suitable for North Dakota.|
|12/5/2016||Army Corps sets deadline to clear the main camp, the Seven Council Fires camp, from corps land.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/reports-army-corps-sets-december-5-deadline-emptying-nodapl-camps/|
|12/5/2016||Fargo City Commissioners John Strand (who had visited the camps in September and supports the protest) and Tony Gehrig, and Cass County Commissioner Ken Pawluk add to the agenda questioning the cost of helping the law enforcement at the protest.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/fargo-leaders-absolutely-wrong-question-nodapl-law-enforcement-costs/||Other states are no longer helping ND law enforcement because they have been protested for helping ND law enforcement in their own states and have pulled back. There is no cost to Fargo and Cass County, as the state is paying the costs for their law enforcement to assist Morton County. In the past, Cass County and Fargo have received assistance from other counties for flood reasons, so their request to not help in this case seems highly political.|
|12/5/2016||LE talks about incidents at the bridge that indicate some positive aspects about changes to the protest, about the possible control or reduction of the violent factions in the protest.||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNFeJr0rpH8|
Leaders and elders with a more peaceful approach seemed to be having an effect. WATCH: https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/videos/368985550120456/
|12/5/2016||Rod Webber films video of veterans action taking place at the bridge. He says DAPL is drilling now, despite the USACE announcement of no easement yesterday.||https://www.facebook.com/rod.webber.50/videos/10157779686965123/||At end of video, a protester says the only way to stop them is to get enough people to overwhelm and take direct action. Read more: http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/veterans-prepare-to-march-toward-backwater-bridge/article_94d9a750-90cf-508b-a944-02d449d0d9dd.html There is no evidence of drilling happening, and the drill pad is not manned for the drilling.|
|12/5/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault says protesters can go home. He hopes to meet with Trump.||http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/standing-rock-sioux-chair-protesters-can-go-home-hopes-for-trump-meeting/ar-AAlaN2O?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp|
|12/5/2016||Rep. Cramer talks about pipeline on news interview.||http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/12/05/rep-cramer-standing-rock-sioux-tribes-pipeline-protest-was-co-opted||"Cramer, who was set to meet today with President-elect Donald Trump on the issue, criticized the Obama administration for meddling in the decision for political reasons. He said the tribe has expressed "legitimate concerns," but their movement was then used by left-wing activists whose agenda is "keeping oil in the ground." "They've been co-opted by a very different element and consequently, the tragedy is their legitimate questions have been deluded by this other argument that's come into play," he said. Earlier in the show Billy Mills, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe and a 1964 U.S. Olympic gold medalist, discussed his support for the protesters with Jenna Lee."|
|12/5/2016||The blizzard continues, prompting ND law enforcement and emergency officials to set up emergency shelters for protesters and travelers, and rescue many from the ditch.||(happening right now -- no news article but photos and information via Facebook. No protester or veteran with the protest is talking about this happening)||Slippery roads, low windchills, blowing snow, and periodic white-out conditions prompted convoys of protester vehicles to pour into Bismarck and Mandan. No hotel rooms were available by the end of the evening. Law enforcement helped guide vehicles on the highways through the whiteout to safety, and pulled many out of the ditch.|
|12/5/2016||An altercation between protesters with video cameras and citizens occurs in a parking lot.||https://www.facebook.com/bismarckpolice/posts/838331916269228|
|12/5/2016||Dakota Access came out with a motion for a summary judgment.||https://www.facebook.com/DigitalSmokeSignals/videos/10155533234664746/||DAPL has a permit, but it's for a different statute (mining vs. waters and harbors) and SRT feels that they are in a good place.|
|12/6/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault releases video asking protesters to stop the violence, and to go home.||https://youtu.be/pe4aqRu5B_8||Chase Iron Eyes continues to call for people to stay, acknowledging Archambault by saying he was "sorry" but didn't agree.|
|12/6/2016||A video published online shows protesters screaming racist insults at a black law enforcement officer.||https://youtu.be/pkFBVoSs5tw|
|12/6/2016||Protester VSSR Christopher S. Duesing posts video from Casino shelter, complaining that North Dakota wasn't doing enough to help.||https://www.facebook.com/cduesing/videos/10211368297792235/?pnref=story||He tells people to call the ND governor to demand the ND National Guard be deployed to help them since they are running out of food and fuel, and then says that the National Guard should be easy to deploy since they are "waiting to bash our heads in anyway."|
|12/6/2016||Jordan Chariton of the Young Turks, and others with the veterans group, target a bank they say isn't releasing their funds, which they need because of the storm.||https://www.facebook.com/jchariton/posts/10100846216407578||They ask people to target yet another business with phone calls to force them to react. Keep in mind: THEY KEEP DOING THIS. They post a phone number, make a claim that a business did them wrong, and get people on Facebook to harass and deluge businesses into submission.|
|12/6/2016||Morton County releases information on what happened during the blizzard. Protesters attack them online for the usual reasons.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/posts/370286219990389:0||"Early this morning, North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) snow plows were diverted to southern Morton County because of safety concerns for those in the protest camps. NDDOT cleared snow from Highway 6 to Highway 24 and then to Highway 1806 in cooperation with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to check the status of the main camp. BIA asked camp leaders if they needed help and their response was “no.” BIA reported that people were moving about freely with no sense of urgency and some were moving south, out of the camp, on their own accord.|
“The state of North Dakota and Morton County stand ready to support humanitarian assistance should a request be made, but at this time no formal request has been made from Standing Rock or the protest camps,” said North Dakota Department of Emergency Services Director Alan Dohrmann.
The North Dakota National Guard is on stand-by with six buses in order to assist as needed.
In addition, Morton County Emergency Services did not receive any request for assistance from the camps during this storm. However, Morton County Emergency Manager Tom Doering coordinated with Standing Rock Emergency Manager Elliott Ward to send an emergency alert throughout the day to the camps informing them of the shelters set up at Fort Yates High School gym and the Prairie Nights Casino pavilion. [...] · At 8:00pm, Dec. 5, a Morton County Deputy contacted the county’s Emergency Manager requesting shelters for several stranded motorists headed northbound. Morton County set up shelters at Flasher School and the Mandan Braves Center in Mandan.
· Law enforcement brought two stranded individuals to Flasher, one was a local resident and the other was a protestor. The Mandan Braves Center took in 25 protestors. A law enforcement presence was requested to clear the school at 11:15 this morning when protestors began cooking and “becoming a nuisance,” according to school officials. The protestors left the center without incident.
· Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) were sent last night to the affected area advertising the open shelters and for stranded motorists to stay with their vehicles, keep exhausts clear, conserve fuel and that help would arrive in the morning.
· A shelter was also opened in an auditorium in New Salem at approximately 7:30 last night and the mayor reported that approximately 25-30 motorists, several identified as protestors, remained overnight.
|12/6/2016||Wesley Clark Jr says that all of the protesters who were there before him were the true heros of the event.||https://www.facebook.com/wesley.clark.3910/posts/10154174858823481||"I'd like to thank everyone who joined us at Standing Rock and simultaneously apologize for the atrocious logistics. We thought maybe 1500 vets would show up and it was closer to 4000. We'll tighten it up for the 27th Regiment's next operation. Would also like to thank all those veterans and civilians who stood for Standing Rock long before we got there - you all are the heroes." No mention of the violence the protesters did, and how law enforcement had to deal with it for months.|
|12/6/2016||Wealthy actress Susan Sarandon gives an interview encouraging people to divest from banks funding the pipeline.||https://www.facebook.com/ChelseaShow/videos/1842238132674690/|
|12/7/2016||Dvorak Motors in Bismarck is targeted by protesters for harassment because a video surfaced which showed one of their sales stickers in the window of a car the protesters are targeting.||(facebook information -- no link to story yet)||This means Ace Hardware, Comfort Inn, Ramada Suites, Kirkwood Mall, a Mandan Coffee shop, and now Dvorak Motors has been targeted mercilessly by protesters via phone and online harassment.|
|12/7/2016||After veterans supporting the protest raise questions of being abandoned by leadership and being left to fend for themselves in the blizzard, Wes Clark Jr. tries to explain what happened to the $1 million in funds he raised.||https://www.facebook.com/VeteransStandForStandingRock/videos/1802389273333192/||You can see some of the veterans angry responses to Clark and other leaders of the VSSR movement here (https://www.facebook.com/julie.neidlinger/posts/10154861325176209). Read more: http://havokjournal.com/politics/national/veterans-standing-rock-protest-just-get-played-sure-seems-way/ - http://www.iamnetizen.org/2016/12/07/wes-clark-leaves-vets-cold-money-go/ ND National Guard had buses available to help the stranded veterans, but they were not called by anyone from the VSSR group to help. The casino wants the protesters to leave. (http://dailycaller.com/2016/12/09/military-vet-pipeline-protesters-are-angry-at-wes-clark-jr/)|
|12/7/2016||Police describe in detail the way protesters have been attacking, stalking, and doxing them.||https://heatst.com/culture-wars/dakota-access-pipeline-opponents-threaten-and-dox-local-cops-and-their-families/|
|12/7/2016||Veteran Michael Markus, from Pine Ridge, SD (protester) and group of about 10 walk onto Backwater Bridge and begin cutting the wire, breaking the agreement Wesley Clark Jr. had with law enforcement.||https://www.facebook.com/michael.markus.9/videos/10210943506724893/?pnref=story||Police come to bridge and line up on other side, telling them they need to leave and are breaking the agreement. Eventually they leave, but in comments on his video, he said they plan to try again with more people and wire cutters. Protesters can be heard with radios, planning the attack. Markus later says he had permission from an Oglala elder to go on the bridge and break the agreement.|
|12/7/2016||The weather continues to become a typical cold ND winter, with periodic windchills in the -30 and -40 range, temps hovering around zero.|
|12/7/2016||Estimates of about 4,000 to 6,000 protesters the past few days.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/veteransforstandingrock-huge-embarrassing-failure/|
|12/7/2016||Veteran Meggan Vroman, part of VSSR, tries to bait ND National Guard officers on their smoke break in a parking lot.||https://www.facebook.com/meggan.vroman/videos/vb.100001181775810/1167858106596904/?type=2&theater¬if_t=video_reply¬if_id=1481228888192612||Vroman acts conversational, but is clearly trying to get "intel" while the ND Guard officers don't give in. She later posts the video to Facebook to suggest they are up to no good, and in the comments says that they are bought and paid for by the oil company. Meggan, from the state of Washington, said this: "What's going on, national guard? They are wearing full kit without name tape and rank. They are hiding who they are. I believe they are going to Standing Rock now. All us vets are leaving and they are going back there!!! HELP, this is scary.The hotel assistant told me they have been staying here and going out to the camp. Please spread this like wild fire! " and " If they were on standby to help evacuation efforts, not only would they have made a big public deal about it, they wouldn't be showing up with orders to NOT display their name-tapes, an order given to hide identity, and they would have actually participated in the evacuation effort, instead of waiting for the crisis to be over. I was not and am not attacking any of those soldiers personally; I'm calling out the North Dakota National Guard as a whole. If you're really gullible enough to believe that they are here in any sort of helpful capacity, I truly pity your ignorance." It is apparent that protesters are now targeting not just law enforcement, but active National Guard soldiers as well.|
|12/7/2016||Wesley Clark Jr runs into Morton County Sheriff as he leaves a restaurant, and asks that he apologize to the protesters and release them...?||https://www.facebook.com/wesley.clark.3910/posts/10154179709808481?pnref=story||"On my way out, friend had to print something out at Mandan library. Sheriff randomly walked out of a Chinese restaurant next door. I went up and thanked him for not using violence and requested he apologize, release water protectors and make peace with the tribes. There are no coincidences in this life." Since they are not being held prisoner, who knows what he meant by releasing them. They are free to travel about.|
|12/7/2016||Mark Sanderson, one of the VSSR participants who formed the offshoot VeRT and began fundraising, posts about the documentary they are making.||https://www.facebook.com/MarkSandersonVeRT/posts/10157803797725459?pnref=story||Wesley Clark Jr. et. al. met with filmmakers immediately after leaving Standing Rock as well.|
|12/8/2016||American Warrior Revolution group to arrive in Bismarck with expressed interest to protect local people and businesses. They later stand down due to changing circumstances regarding easement and hopes the protesters will continue leaving after the storm.||https://www.facebook.com/americanwarriorrevolution/videos/1174575769298753/||Trent Loos does an interview with Ace regarding the protests. https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/trent69050/episodes/2016-11-30T20_35_01-08_00|
|12/8/2016||Despite continued outcry by veterans wondering where the $1.4 million VSSR mone from GoFundMe went, another GoFundMe was started by veteran leader Mark Sanderson called VeRT.||https://www.gofundme.com/verthealing-through-service||The new organization will be made of veterans who go around to communities to help "in love" after natural disasters and environmental contamination. They said they plan to come back to clean up the mess in the protest camp before spring flooding, and that their organization was born out of the Standing Rock Protest. "Please help fund our next mission to Camp Oceti on the Standing Rock Reservation. Our return mission is to aid in camp clean up and to restore the native lands. Between the mass migration of Water Protectors and inclement weather, it is critical that we can return and clean the camps before the spring flood season washes man-made debris into the Missouri River.
These funds will also ensure our team can deploy to future missions around the country to fight for the people, against the environmentally destructive practices of the corporate elite. We have become a full-time environmentally active organization called 'VeRT" or the Veterans Response Team. Lets return the power to the people by protecting the people!"
|12/8/2016||Protesters have arrived en masse at the Bismarck airport. They are trying to leave, but discovered flights out of ND are very full, and are having to wait to fly out. The small Bismarck airport is not open all night; it normally closes after the last flight.||(from unamed source with connections to airport)||"Large numbers of protesters have been showing up at the airport trying to fly out. Some have flights but most want to buy tickets. They are all using cash and some have been upset when they can’t get on the next flight out. The flights are all full so many aren’t getting tickets until the weekend. They obviously have nowhere to go so they’ve been trying to stay at the airport. Apparently, management started telling them the airport closes overnight and they’d have to leave but then the protesters started in on the racist comments and their usual stuff. So management caved in and let them stay overnight in the airport. They had to pay for overtime security. Didn’t know if they were going to continue doing that or what their plan was. Said the majority of people on all flights out are protesters and it’s easy to know because they are proud to tell everyone they came from the protest. One asked for a shower facility and said she hadn’t showered in over a week."|
|12/8/2016||Conservative Milo Yiannopoulos, whose visit to NDSU was canceled over concerns of NoDAPL protesters, comments about the protest online.||https://www.facebook.com/myiannopoulos/posts/798653000272597||"#NoDAPL protesters are demanding emergency food, water and gas as they are stuck in a blizzard. Sucks they don't have a pipeline for fuel!"|
|12/8/2016||Indigenous Environmental Network asks all protesters to leave, according to SRT Chairman Archambault's request, and to continue the pipeline fight from home.||https://www.mynewsletterbuilder.com/email/newsletter/1412813358||"This past week, we saw blizzard-like conditions that generated an immense burden upon camp and tribal resources and placed a number of unprepared campers at risk. Because of these challenges, along with the deescalated need for allies to be on the ground at Standing Rock while DAPL construction is paused, we now encourage allies to reevaluate staying or coming to Standing Rock. As such, we have decided to respect the Chairman’s request and begin the process of transitioning out of the Oceti Sakowin camp. "|
|12/8/2016||ND Congressional representation say it is likely the Trump administration will issue the easement needed to drill beneath the river.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Wh-405510615.html||"The Department of the Army is now exploring alternative routes for the pipeline crossing, but Rep. Cramer says it's too late.
"It's really not an option because the pipeline is all but done, the only thing left is to go under the river in that spot," Cramer said.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) also believes the permit's denial could be short-lived, after a meeting with the President-elect in Trump tower last week. "He had expressed support for the Dakota Access Pipeline, so it seems fairly clear that in a Trump Administration, it's likely that we would see the easement issued," Sen. Heitkamp said. Sen John Hoeven (R-ND), also meeting this week with Vice President-elect Mike Pence to discuss how to move forward. "The new administration has come out and said they support the project, and they will help us with federal law enforcement to support state and local law enforcement," Sen. Hoeven said."
|12/8/2016||Three protesters, with one who stayed behind to video tape the incident, crossed the barricade at Backwater Bridge onto the north side and were arrested.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/posts/371974586488219||This is inviolation of the agreement law enfocement made wtih camp leaders and Wesley Clark Jr. regarding LE pulling back from the bridge as long as protesters stayed off of it. "“This is concerning in that there appears to be a lack of leadership oversight at the camps,” said Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier. “We had an agreement that we trusted would be abided by those in the camp and it clearly was not.”
Today’s arrest brings the total to 569 protesters arrested."
|12/8/2016||Veteran Bonnie Hoppa writes a detailed post about how everything went wrong with the VSSR event. She goes into logistical detail.||https://www.facebook.com/thekrystalrose/posts/10211766799991907?pnref=story|
|12/9/2016||Wesley Clark Jr apologizes for the logistics issues with VSSR.||https://www.facebook.com/wesley.clark.3910/posts/10154184134133481||"Please accept my apology for the massive logistical problems that occurred at Standing Rock in the last few days. We did not have the communications, command structure, or organizational capacity to deal with it. I'd also like to apologize for not being able to visit our multiple encampments or speak with all of you directly while on the ground. Will put out a video later today to address all of these concerns. I've been been assured that there will be an open accounting of how the money is spent but that Michael A Wood jr's first priority is getting vets transport home and taking care of those we still have in the field."|
|12/9/2016||Protesters continue to leave. Standing Rock helping some leave. Many head into Bismarck/Mandan, and reports of graffitti at Ruby Tuesday and McKenzie River Grill.||(waiting for link)|
|12/9/2016||Law enforcement closes highway 1806 south of county road 138A (south of ND Veterans Cemetery). Highway 6 remains open. Fixation on Backwater Bridge continues, but Highway 6 is a viable route. It is west of 1806, but then a straight shot into Mandan. Highway 1806 doesn't run straight north, but veers east along river. The alternate route is not much longer than the 1806 route.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/photos/a.162536147432065.1073741828.140989796253367/372202139798797/?type=3&permPage=1||"UPDATE: Local residents who live south of the road closure, along with those traveling to Huff Hills Ski Area,|
will be considered authorized traffic and can proceed beyond the road closure sign.
$250 Fine for Traveling on Closed Roadways
BISMARCK, N.D. – Highway 1806 to the south of Morton County Road 138A remains closed to unauthorized traffic. The appropriate traffic control signage has been placed at the intersection of Highway 1806 and 138A, as well as on the south side of Huff, informing motorists of the road closure. Highway 6 remains open as an alternate route. Roadways are often times closed due to hazardous conditions for the protection and safety of the public. Unauthorized drivers will be cited for entering a closed roadway, which carries a $250 fine.
When roadways are closed, the public is notified. Road conditions and closures are available on the Department of Transportation’s travel information map."
|12/9/2016||Shaun King, leader in the Black Lives Matter movement, posts that they have used donations sent to the oil protest to purchase two new pickup trucks for the cause.||https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1226750594030523||"Yesterday, you all gave $323,643 so that indigenous Water Protectors in Standing Rock could purchase a fleet of trucks/vans. They bought these two trucks today and are already using them as we speak." Comments ranged from "you should have bought them in MN to not give ND business" and "I hope those trucks will be used for the BLM movement too". It's a strange purchase for an oil pipeline protest started by Native Americans, for the BLM movement to come up, tag on, use the popularity of the protest, and then raise lots of money to buy fancy new vehicles.|
|12/9/2016||Despite tribal leaders and other groups asking protesters to leave, and despite many of them doing so, some protesters, including Black Lives Matter leader Shaun King, are pressing for more donations and supplies. They publish photos of a warehouse on SR full of Amazon boxes.||https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/photos/a.799605230078397.1073741828.799539910084929/1226725797366336/?type=3&theater|
|12/9/2016||Jordan Chariton, of The Young Turks network, spreads rumor that the Army Corps is raising the water level to prevent Dakota Access from drilling.||https://www.facebook.com/TYTpolitics/videos/1787779811469726/||"EXCLUSIVE: U.S. Army Corps To Raise Water Levels At Lake Oahe, Thus Stopping DAPL From Drilling #NoDAPL" If you look at a topography map, the camps would flood first, befoe any water could come up to the drill pad. SRT Chairman Archambault stated in a video he has heard nothing, and has had no talks with the Corps, regarding flooding. Other protest rumors have been that the Army Corps is trying to flood out the camp. The water level on the Missouri has risen, but it is also in the hard freeze state and ice dams form and sometimes back the water levels up. The Corps is unlikely to have the ability to raise the water level high enough to affect the drill pad, and is unlikely to take such action at this time of the year. The affect to other property along the river if levels were raised high enough to affect drilling would be devestating. In other words, Jordan Chariton is spreading a rumor as news.|
|12/10/2016||Isaac Ames puts out information on Facebook saying "they're" asking protesters to come back as builders, to be prepared, to have body armor, etc.||https://www.facebook.com/isaacamescomedy?lst=782736208%3A1210055156%3A1481439768||The protesters have been asked publicly to leave by several tribal leaders and groups.|
|12/10/2016||Bonnie Hoppa reports that all stranded VSSR vets have found a way home.||https://www.facebook.com/thekrystalrose/posts/10211803856918307|
|12/10/2016||Red Warrior Camp has officially left the protest camps, saying they will form a society to continue to take direct action elsewhere to do what they did in North Dakota, and to fight against capitalism.||https://www.facebook.com/RedWarriorCamp/photos/a.1736641606587792.1073741827.1736639133254706/1790409241211028/?type=3&permPage=1||"Grassroots leaders LaDonna Tamakawastewin Allard, and Chase Iron Eyes from Standing Rock have spoken and have made it abundantly clear that they want those equipped for the harsh North Dakota winter to stay and help stop DAPL, due to our current circumstance it is with great regret that we as Red Warrior cannot accept this heartfelt invitation. That is not to say we do not support this effort in fact is quite the opposite, we send our Warrior Salute and War Cry to the universe and the Ancestors that their needs are met and they receive the love and support they need in the fight for clean water. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Chairman Dave Archambault has made it abundantly clear that a diversity of tactics in the battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline is not respected nor wanted. [...] The peace policing that was led by people who were for the most part self appointed used ceremony and spirituality as a weapon against us, they too have made it abundantly clear by their actions and their constant slinging of arrows that they are not ready to embrace a world view that upholds decolonization and revolution. After months of active duty as Warriors fighting for Sacred Water and protecting Sacred Ground, and due to the current political climate here at Standing Rock, Red Warrior Camp is evolving. We are taking time to recoup, and expand on who we are as a Society. We have worked very hard here for many months and must be mindful of ourselves and our families and also to self care. We must also be true to who we are and as Indigenous Land Defenders, we are committed fully to our roles as Warriors and have worked too hard to allow any kind of outside threat to compromise our duties and movement. [...] One of the lessons we have learned that has inspired us is the very real need for a mobile resistance movement that is ready and willing to dismantle the capitalist regime that is destroying our planet. The mobilization of resistance is key to shattering the oppressive illegal military occupation of the so called 'Amerikkkas', for too long we have lived with broken treaties, genocide, racism and colonization. In order to best honor our ancestors and the future generations we are living our principles by forming a Warrior Society rooted in combatting the indoctrination of our minds, bodies, and spirits. We do not need Standing Rock to exist, but we did however require it to put us all in the same place at the same time. (Note: they edited their original post to sound differently, but I do have screenshots of the original version)|
|12/10/2016||Protesters begin attacking tribal elders and SRT Chairman Archambault online, over their leadership. Facebook user Payu Vane doxes Archambault and makes a claim he is in talks with ETP owner.||https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154883844496209&set=a.10150300429186209.382283.782736208&type=3&theater||Vane's claims are very likely false. It is clear that Red Warrior Camp, Allard, and Iron Eyes have differing ideas of what should happen than does Archambault and the SR Tribal Council.|
|12/10/2016||Chase Iron Eyes suggests that the SR tribal council and leadership doesn't have the power to determine if the protest camps stay or empty out.||https://www.facebook.com/chase.ironeyes.3/posts/289430988121306||"Ignore all the rumors and fear. |
"Someone died at camp"
"they're flooding the camp" (is that "public" yet) [NOTE: Jordan Chariton of The Young Turks network has been spreading flooding rumors as news]
"the Tribe dropped its lawsuit"
"the Tribe is closing the camp"
"They're not letting anyone into camp"
The truth is about 1000 people minimum are still at camp. We are doing all we can to make sure they're safe. They can leave on their own. I'm not doing anything but coordinating. The medics, camp organizers and each and every person there are doing all the work, so many people are stepping up when others are abandoning this fight. Talking about the "front lines are in the court now." The Standing Rock Tribal Gov. doesn't have the authority to "close" the camp. The State of North Dakota doesn't have the authority to "close" the camp. The worst case scenario is the Army Corp of Eng requests assistance from ND Law Enf to evacuate the camp (if leaseholder says they're interfering with his rights), or they just flood it, but that is a really really bad look for anyone, except Trump. I don't even think the Standing Rock gov can legally block access to the camp from the south without the help of North Dakota. The Tribe could request Army Corp and the leaseholder of the land where the big camp is to start the process for evacuation but that would be interesting how we are not willing to step up against the Republican controlled brutality but we will step up to kick our allies out. And, finally nobody at camp is even aware of all the rumors at the top of the post, that's all in our online heads. It is deadly cold out so do not hesitate to reach out or leave, but those die hards holding strong, we are here to help. Many thanks to all hosting families and responding to this. People are assembling to decide their own futures here, on their own terms."
|12/11/2016||Protester Kenny Frost reports that some cash and gift cards being sent to the Sacred Stone camp are not getting through. Frost says Standing Rock tribal members are confiscating them.||https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154702178373400&set=a.10151270574028400.492023.652553399&type=3&permPage=1||"It has come to our attention "Private Mail and Package including cash and gift cards" has not been coming to Sacred Stone Camp per order of the Chairman of Standing Rock. Orders are according to Fed-Ex and UPS. "Standing Rock Chairman order all packages and all mail, packages sent to tribal warehouse's."
It has been learned via investigation a certain tribal council member has been going through the mail and packages obtaining all gift and cash cards sent to Sacred Stone Camp including certain tribal employees. [...] The chairman of the Standing Rock tribe does not have the authority to stop such delivery as this impedes the delivery of personal mail packages and gift and monetary cards which have a monetary value and constitute "Fraud, and Theft under applicable United State laws.
It is our understanding the "Big Camp" has cancel all delivery and mail. Any mail they have in transit is being returned. However, with this new developments. These items could and might be in the tribal storage area as well. Who ever is responsible for the Big Camp mail also needs to go to the store age units of the tribe and check if their own mail, packages and monetary and gift cards have not been taken. All delivery must and should be returned to the vendor.
Sacred Stone Camp and Rosebud Camps are still operational and will be in operations till the Black Snake is dead.
Sacred Stone Camp will continue to be operating as this camp will become a "Cultural Camp" into the future to teach young minds cultural activities and will be total green camp. [...] Sacred Stone Camp is looking into legal ramifications of the Theft and Fraud the tribe has committed as this is illegal as the tribe has no jurisdiction over personal mail and packages and gift cards earmarked for Sacred Stone Camp.
This is a Federal Offense!
No one is above the federal laws."
|12/11/2016||SRT Dave Archambault provides an update via video.||https://www.facebook.com/DigitalSmokeSignals/videos/10155533234664746/||Addressed some legal issues, but also false rumors that he worked with ND governor to raise water levels (common in the winter when the river starts to freeze). He states DAPL is NOT drilling. "I think people are saying things right now to get what they want. And they make things up. This camp that's here...and all it's doing is creating friction and controversy and splitting and accusing -- accusing Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who's been hosting and accomodating and meeting the needs -- accusing the tribe of trying to harm...that doesn't make sense to me." Said they were going to continue to work to build awareness with whomever they could -- Congress, the company, president elect Trump, etc. "I'll just ask you to keep that in mind." "Everybody tells us (SRST) what we ought to do and what we should've done..." He said what he does is what he thinks is best for his tribal members, that they have a responsibility to make it a better place there at SRST, that they are still trying to take care of their tribal members and that they can't stop normal operations to accomodate the camp. He said that Congress was owned by fossil fuels companies (Koch brothers). Says that DAPL offered them money to let the pipeline go through, but the tribe refused the money and the land that was offered. Said the tribe payed for porta potties, dumpsters, and other equipment to help out the camp. These were resources for tribe members that were used on the guests in the camp. "Do you want to believe rumors? Things that were said?"|
|12/12/2016||Journalist publishes article that comments on the huge carbon footprint of the anti-oil protest camp.||http://www.weeklystandard.com/print/shall-we-gather-at-the-river/article/2005643||Also noted is the number of children who, despite claims of their being schools, are not doing an schooling during the day.|
|12/12/2016||North Dakota law enforcement sends blunt letter to Obama administration regarding the administration's lack of involvement with the protest.||http://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/north-dakota-law-enforcement-sends-angry-letter-to-obama-administration/618337930||"To be clear, these protests are a series of federal problems that have been foisted upon the citizens and law enforcement officers of North Dakota. From the very beginning, the opposition during the permitting process and court hearings surrounding this pipeline has been exacerbated by political interference. These protestors have and continue to find sanctuary on federal land, where they stage and plan criminal activities to be executed in our communities. However, every time we have asked the federal government for assistance, they have instead responded with resistance. Despite this sweeping federal inaction, every time the offices of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are protested, who is asked to respond? Local law enforcement. When protestors take over the lobby of the William Guy federal building in Bismarck, who is asked to respond? Local law enforcement. Time and time again we have answered the call to come to the aid of the federal government. But when seeking a modicum of reciprocity, we have been completely and utterly abandoned. [...] The federal government’s response to the events in our community has been appalling, and it is abundantly clear they have no interest in helping the citizens of North Dakota. Frankly, our federal leaders should be ashamed of their lack of response to a dangerous crisis currently in progress on their own soil. Each day this lack of response continues only serves to empower criminal protestors and support lawlessness in the name of radical political agendas. As our law enforcement officers are forced to spend countless days away from their families – missing holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries – the knowledge that the federal government could supply assistance, but refuses to do so, is unbelievably disheartening. Our officers are facing direct and overt threats, not just to themselves but to their families, and the lack of intervention or sympathy from the federal government is truly staggering. [...] Despite our anger and frustration with federal officials in Washington DC, their local representatives, specifically U.S. Attorney Chris Myers and U.S. Marshal Paul Ward, have been tireless champions of our cause. They understand the dynamics of what is occurring within their community and have repeatedly communicated this through their chain of command, only to be met with resistance and contempt for their concerns. Perhaps those individuals at the highest levels of our government who have repeatedly refused our requests for help should reread the oath of office they once took and recall who and what it is they swore to protect and defend. As law enforcement executives and North Dakotans, we will stand together to uphold the rule of law in our community, and will continue to do so regardless of your response or lack thereof."|
|12/12/2016||Testimony against Red Fawn Fallis for charges of shooting at law enforcement reveal additional evidence.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/three-spent-casings-found-in-protester-s-revolver-atf-agent/article_f186c185-012f-5cfa-9c19-4257fb3fad72.html||"A pipeline protester accused of firing a gun three times toward police officers had as many spent shell casings in her revolver and additional bullets in her pockets, a federal agent testified Monday. The testimony was among the evidence U.S. District Court Magistrate Charles Miller considered in finding probable cause against Red Fawn Fallis in U.S. District Court in Bismarck. During the preliminary hearing, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Special Agent Derek Hill provided testimony based on reports from law enforcement involved in the arrest and a review of her criminal history. He was on scene that day but did not witness the arrest, he said. Hill said police targeted Fallis for arrest on Oct. 27, because she was acting as an "instigator" and "agitator" by walking up to police and yelling at them, then turning around to get others riled up. He said officers waited for her to separate from the group, then brought her behind the police line for arrest. It was during the arrest, as two officers tried to pin her down and force her into cuffs that she fired three shots from a gun in her left hand, Hill testified. He said the revolver removed from her hand had three spent casings and two live rounds in it. Officers also found two speed strips with six live rounds each in her pockets, he said. [...] Fallis has a prior felony conviction for being an accessory to a crime in Colorado, Hill testified. He said the gun, which was at one point at a shop in Mobridge, S.D., is the product of interstate commerce." Actor Mark Ruffalo has stepped up on Fallis' behalf, joining protesters who say she should be set free.|
|12/12/2016||A motion filed by a prosecutor helping Morton County with criminal cases stemming from the protests has asked that they be responsible for their own legal expenses.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/north-dakota-prosecutors-file-motion-get-nodapl-defendants-pay-lawyers/||"Erickson is arguing that the protesters have the resources for their own legal defense but are choosing indigent counsel for the sake of harming the state. In fact, it appears as though he’s arguing that these “activist lawyers” are advising the #NoDAPL protesters to commit crimes to “clog our jails and court system.”" This has been the clear MO by activists all over social media and in interviews; they have said they want to clog the court system and bankrupt the state.|
|12/12/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault works to tamp down rumors regarding donations, etc. that have come from NoDAPL online activists.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/chairman-says-rumor-swirl-of-hoarding-donations-selling-out-protest/article_5438ed97-981c-594e-82c1-54f712de95e1.html||"“It’s unfortunate that people would say that, but they don’t know me,” Archambault said.
The tribe also has been criticized for storing 80,000 packages intended for the protest encampments in a warehouse belonging to one of the tribe’s enterprises in Fort Yates.
Archambault said the situation occurred when the most recent blizzard hit and UPS and FedEx delivery semis loaded with donations were unable to make drop-offs at the main protest camp or the smaller Sacred Stones spirit camp, both near the Cannonball River on the north side of the reservation.
“We said we could house those packages at one of our enterprises. We didn’t realize there were so many packages. Our staff sorted through so it could go to whatever organization it was intended for and then called the camps. They came and took pictures and we’re being accused of hoarding. People are asking why the chairman struck a deal and is hoarding the packages. It’s not true; this is a burden to the tribe. We don’t want any part of this,” he said."
|12/13/2016||SRST Chairman Archambault, Gov. Dalrymple, and five other members of the Standing Rock tribal council as well as Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, North Dakota Indian Affairs Director Scott Davis, Alan Dohrmann, Adjutant General of the North Dakota National Guard, Col. Mike Gerhart of the North Dakota Highway Patrol and Morton County Commission Chairman Cody Schultz meet at the Morton County Law Enforcement Center.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/standing-rock-chairman-tells-governor-nodapl-protest-camps-may-empty-january-1/||Archambault has said that protesters continue to leave the camp, that numbers are down to about 300, and he thought they might be completely empty by January 1. "Dalrymple and Archambault agreed that the first step toward reducing tensions should be an effort to provide a safe and secure area around the Backwater Bridge so that the state Department of Transportation cananalyze the bridge’s structural integrity. The bridge was closed following an intense fire set by protestors on November 20. Their plan will be to enlist the help of the Bureau of Indian Affairs to maintain safety on the bridge while a test of the bridge’s safety is conducted. After testing is complete and necessary repairs are made,the plan will be to reopen the bridge and resume traffic on state Highway 1806."|
|12/14/2016||Law Enforcement announces they will not be able to hold an annual Christmas shopping event with children due to the drain of the protests and the threats they have received from protesters.||https://www.facebook.com/northdakotagoingblue/posts/693291990835440||"The Missouri Valley FOP Lodge #3, Fraternal Order of Police regrets to announce that the 2016 FOP, Cops and Kids MVL #3 program for disadvantaged children in the community will be modified this year because of protest related activities in Morton County. Usually, officers from local law enforcement agencies take the selected children shopping for Christmas presents and to lunch.
“Strains on manpower, threats against officers and local confrontations with protestors have created an environment that could potentially place the kids in harm’s way if we encountered protesters”, said program director John Brocker. “While we recognize that most of the protestors are peaceful, there are some who have been on social media making threats or who have shown a propensity to be violent, and they are the concern,” Brocker continued."
|12/14/2016||Standing Rock leader Chad Harrison participates in Trump transition team listening session in New York, noting they were impressed with how the meeting went.||http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/news/north-dakota/4181011-standing-rock-rep-impressed-after-meeting-trump-transition-team||"Harrison said he didn't speak publicly during the event, but he did tell a member of the Trump transition team that Standing Rock officials are open to a more formalized meeting to discuss how to move forward with Dakota Access. "We wanted to make those folks on that team as well as the folks at the meeting aware that we are open to that dialog," he said. Harrison said he wanted to clarify the tribe's position on Dakota Access, which would cross the Missouri River less than a mile north of the reservation."We're against the placement of the pipe. We haven't taken a stance against oil development or energy development," Harrison said. "We realize that's part of the world today."|
|12/15/2016||Red Fawn Fallis denied bail at her federal hearing. Judge cited her as being a flight risk.||(awaiting public link)|
|12/15/2016||New North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum takes office.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/first-public-message-governor-doug-burgum-says-build-dapl/||He supports the DAPL pipeline, and wants to see the project finished.|
|12/15/2016||Chase Iron Eyes goes to NYC to join Mark Ruffalo, Josh Fox, Eve Ensler, Jon Bowermaster, Amy Goodman, Shailene Woodley and Deepak Chopra for a Standing Rock benefit.||https://www.facebook.com/unify/posts/1368990369779217|
|12/15/2016||A new ceremonial fire was lit at All Nations Camp to replace the fire that had been put out by members of previous camp.||https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=291936771204061&set=a.140055013058905.1073741828.100011632210478&type=3&theater|
|12/15/2016||VeRT puts out the call for supplies and donations for the camps despite Standing Rock leaders asking protesters to leave.||https://www.facebook.com/MarkSandersonVeRT/posts/10157789432695459||"Vert-Healing Through Service is in the process of organizing our first resupply to Camp Oceti Oyate at Standing Rock leaving this weekend. VeRT Representative Jacob David Pogue will be spearheading the mission. Items needed range from sleeping bags, blankets, horse blankets, horse feed, reflective vests, flashlights, winterized tents, yurts, snowshoes, ice cleats, solar chargers, traffic control wands, light bars for vehicles, pre paid cell phones, cough and cold meds, handheld radios and lumber for building projects to name a few. Please stand by for more information about how you can get involved."|
|12/15/2016||Petitioners request out-of-state lawyers be allowed to represent protesters||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/petitioners-request-out-of-state-lawyers-be-allowed-to-represent/article_184cf7b5-89f6-5e51-bb32-34940cdb20d0.html||"Bill Tilton, a Minnesota attorney who worked on the Wounded Knee Legal Defense/Offense Committee in the 1970s, is among the petitioners. He has been working on a temporary basis with Bismarck attorney Chad Nodland, another petitioner, to assist protesters with their cases. He expects 25 to 50 attorneys from other states would be willing to assist.
“The question from the North Dakota courts is, will they be in the position of standing in the doorway of the courts or opening our courts to all these people, as unlikable as they may be to the people of Bismarck?” he said. “If they reject this petition, I guarantee there will be a multiplicity of motions to dismiss or overturn decisions based on inadequacy of counsel.”"
|12/15/2016||FAA lifts the TFR on protest area.||Protesters comment online that they can now "legally" fly their drones, admitting they've been illegally flying them.|
|12/17/2016||Elderly woman found being abused by protester daughter in the Oceti Sakowin camp.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/woman-accused-of-abusing-her-elderly-mother-at-protest-camp/article_612c4279-39a3-5a7d-9f6c-2306a4bebf08.html||"A 58-year-old woman is accused of abusing her elderly mother while the two resided at the Oceti Sakowin camp last fall. Kathleen Bennett, of Las Vegas, is charged in Morton County with endangering a vulnerable adult, a felony, from Oct. 1 to Dec. 17. The alleged abuse was reported to authorities on Dec. 17, when a paramedic called EMS after finding the elderly woman hypothermic in a cold and cluttered tarpee, according to a police affidavit filed with the complaint. She was taken to CHI St. Alexius Health hospital, and staff found numerous medical issues, including bruises. The 82-year-old woman reportedly also has dementia and is in poor health. During the investigation, witnesses told authorities that Bennett would tie her mother to a chair while she went out to protest, feed her only when she deemed appropriate and kept her in a diaper with no pants during the winter."|
|12/19/2016||Trial for 10 protesters continued for later, due to their lawyers saying they hadn't had time to review the evidence.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Trial-for-10-DAPL-protesters-has-been-continued-407469535.html||Ten Dakota Access Pipeline protesters were scheduled to be tried at the same time Monday morning, however the trial has been continued. The judge says they were not able to go forward due to the fact that the attorneys were not able to view all of the evidence, including pictures and video, due to their late appointment to the case. The trial has been rescheduled for Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.|
|12/19/2016||Rep. Cramer and Sen. Hoeven meet with SRT Chairman Archambault to talk about the protest.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/archambault-meets-with-cramer-hoeven/article_71f4a82f-5ea3-5df2-9e0e-a51e21774ada.html||(https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanKevinCramer/posts/1262766670412880:0) "Cramer called his 90 minutes with Archambault a productive encounter. “His mission was to educate … on how we’ve arrived at this point,” Cramer said. “Dave’s efforts to meet with officials is an important step.” Cramer said Archambault outlined the historical concerns of the tribe such as treaties and what they consider past violations. Cramer said despite the history, he doesn’t see how changing a pipeline route would be the way to right historical wrongs. He did say the effort by Archambault to thoroughly outline the historical perspective is a great tool when dealing with future projects and being proactive with developers.Cramer characterized the unlawful actions of out-of-state groups and individuals during protest activities as unfortunate. He said the causes they promote, such as ending the use of fossil fuels, undermine the tribe’s original arguments: protecting Missouri River water and sacred artifacts. “The legitimate questions … have been greatly diluted,” Cramer said. [...] In a statement, Hoeven called on Archambault to join the delegation in requesting federal resources to respond to protests to ensure their lawfulness in the future. “If the tribe still opposes the project, their concerns should be addressed through the court system, rather than through protests that impede or interfere with the lawful construction of the project and the rights of people who live in the area to get to work or attend school,” he said. Hoeven said unlawful actions of some out-of-state protesters with agendas other than that of the tribe have put a strain on tribal-state relations in recent months.|
|12/22/2016||SRT Chairman Archambault meets with Sen. Heitkamp||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/archambault-meets-with-cramer-hoeven/article_71f4a82f-5ea3-5df2-9e0e-a51e21774ada.html||"Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said in a statement that she’ll be meeting with Archambault on Thursday. She said the topics of discussion will include the safety of law enforcement, protesters and local residents.
“If protesters want to stand with Standing Rock, they should listen to the chairman’s calls to move off the corps land north of the Cannonball River and return home,” Heitkamp said. "The safety of everyone involved should be the top priority and I hope the remaining protesters will act responsibly and move off that land, especially as the winter fully sets in.""
|12/22/2016||Backwater Bridge has core samples taken to be sent away for testing to determine the structural stability of the bridge.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Tests-performed-to-test-stability-of-Backwater-Bridge--407948415.html||"The tests were completed Thursday, but the results may not be available as soon as some hope. These engineers are looking for answers. They're unsure if the Backwater Bridge is safe to drive on. "As you can see, with only two inches between a vehicle fire and your concrete beams, it could easily have some damage," says John Ketterling, DOT Bridge Engineer. Law enforcement says the fires were started by protesters on October 27, while police were removing them from private property. Some tribal leaders don't dispute that claim. "That was a car started, and it was started by the, by the water protectors," says Ron His Horse His Thunder. But the former tribal chairman says he thinks DAPL employees started other car fires as well. The tests are being expedited, but they could still take time. "We're going to put a rush on it as much as we can. It may take up to 30 days to get those results. We are going to have a petrographic analysis done on it, and once we have the results back we'll have to, our engineers will have to, look at it and see what the best way going forward is," says Ketterling. The bridge and Highway 1806 have been closed nearly two months. Protesters have complained that the state has been dragging its feet on the issue. Law enforcement says it was a safety issue. "Obviously everyone doing their work today wants to make sure they feel safe, and so in working with BIA today we were able to provide a safe environment," says Col. Mike Gerherdt, Superintendent ND Highway Patrol. Pending the results of the test, repairs may be necessary. The tribes fear those may take months. "If the bridge needs to be tore apart, we're talking by the end of next summer at the earliest that this could be opened back up," says His Horse. The Department of Transportation declined to answer questions about the length of potential repairs The bridge was initially inspected on November 1, and it was determined additional testing would be needed. Those tests were not conducted until today because of safety concerns due to protest activity.|
|12/27/2016||Protesters break agreement and cut wire, go through barricade, steal a NDDOT sign, threaten and swear at law enforcement on Backwater Bridge and Turtle Hill. Several are arrested.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/videos/381780948840916/||"Tuesday, Dec. 27, protestors showed they were not willing to uphold their end of an agreement made on December 4 between Morton County Law Enforcement and tribal leaders to de-escalate conflict. As part of the agreement, Law Enforcement moved away from the north side of the Backwater Bridge and would stay back as long as protestors stayed off the bridge and did not instigate conflict. At approximately 1:00pm yesterday, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department responded to a group of approximately 11 protestors near the Cannonball River east of Turtle Hill. Law Enforcement ordered the protestors to stay on the south side of the river as crossing to the north would be trespassing on US Army Corps of Engineers land. Despite numerous orders by Law Enforcement to stay on the south side or be arrested, seven protestors crossed the Cannonball River. Once the protestors walked about 100 yards north of the Cannonball River, Law Enforcement arrested five for criminal trespass and other outstanding warrants. They were transported to the Morton County Detention Center. At 2:00pm, approximately 20 protestors and two vehicles came onto the Backwater Bridge and some were observed tampering with the wire barricade and consequently crossed to the north side. Those that crossed to the north side of the barrier were observed breaking the lenses on a light tower. They also vandalized the light’s generator. When Law Enforcement responded to the Backwater Bridge, the protestors fled." [...] "At approximately 3:00pm, Law Enforcement received word that the camp was “calling all warriors to Turtle Hill.” Law Enforcement observed approximately 80 protestors came to Turtle Hill with many climbing to the top. Law Enforcement overheard differing messages from protestors indicating some dissension amidst the camps, from some saying they were getting their rifles to others urging their fellow protestors to stay peaceful. Around 4:00pm the protestors left Turtle Hill. At 5:45pm when approximately 100 protestors gathered at the Backwater Bridge, Law Enforcement took the earlier threat of rifles very seriously and consequently responded with a Bearcat and SWAT team. Protestors tampered with the barricade wire, pulling on it with ropes and attempting to cut it. Several protestors pulled out the Department of Transportation No Trespassing sign on the west side of the bridge and carried it back to a vehicle and drove away. As protestors worked to remove the sign, Law Enforcement repeatedly told them to stop as they were stealing state property so when they did not stop, Law Enforcement deployed three sponge less-than-lethal munitions on the west side of the bridge. View video of protestors stealing the sign (watch bottom right of screen): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZup-LUzMC0 At 7:00pm, protestors left the Backwater Bridge. A few protestors returned periodically in the evening to the Backwater Bridge to continue cutting the barrier wire until Law Enforcement responded and then they fled. Yesterday’s arrests bring the total number of arrests to 577 since Dakota Access Pipeline protests began." NOTE: Dissent in the camp can be seen over these actions. Loreal Black Shawl was against the violence and rhetoric. (https://www.facebook.com/SinaSapa/posts/10210588022231991 and also https://www.facebook.com/SinaSapa/videos/10210587371895733/) but as you can see in the comments, others had turned against her and a protester named Vaughn. Protesters Jesus Wagner (https://www.facebook.com/jesus.wagner.585?fref=ts, see video here https://www.facebook.com/jesus.wagner.585/videos/124557878041982/) and Michael Markus (who has a warrant out for his arrest for previously cutting the barricade, https://www.facebook.com/michael.markus.9?fref=ts, see video here https://www.facebook.com/michael.markus.9/videos/10211164541370621/).|
|12/27/2016||Protesters go onto Backwater Bridge, cross the barricade, and damage light towers.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/videos/388701764815501/||12/27/16: When protesters went onto the Backwater Bridge, a few crossed over the barricade and damaged light towers. In addition, five protestors climbed to the top of Turtle Hill and were arrested for trespass. Protesters stole and fled with the Department of Transportation’s “No Trespassing” sign from the barricade area on the Backwater Bridge.|
|12/29/2016||Standing Rock Tribe votes to use the money raised by the protest to cover protest-related debts the tribe incurred.||https://www.facebook.com/sue.pergrover?fref=ts||"#10. MOTION WAS MADE BY FRANK WHITE BULL, SECONDED BY JAMES “JOE” DUNN, TO APPROVE: NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBAL COUNCIL HEREBY AUTHORIZES REALLOCATION OF UP TO $3.2 MILLION FROM THE NO DAPL ACCOUNT, ON AN AS NEEDED BASIS AND SUBJECT TO TRIBAL COUNCIL APPROVAL, TO FUND VITAL TRIBAL GOVERNMENT|
NO – 1 NOT VOTING – 2
SPECIAL TRIBAL COUNCIL MEETING INTER-OFFICE FOLLOW-UP
MEETING DATE: December 20, 2016 PAGE: 5 MOTION #10 IS CONTINUED.
PROGRAMS ADVERSELY IMPACTED BY THE CASINO REVENUE SHORTFALL, BY RESOLUTION.
￼￼ROLL CALL VOTE:
CLAYMORE, Duane, DUNN, “Joe” James HARRISON, “Ben” Samuel TAKEN ALIVE, Robert THOMPSON, Caroline TWO BEARS, Cody WHITE BULL, Frank WHITE MOUNTAIN, Jr., Joseph
ARCHAMBAULT, II, DAVE – EXCUSED
N.V . YES EX. NO N.V . YES YES YES
ARCHAMBAULT, Paul FAITH, Jr., Mike HARRISON, Chad MCLAUGHLIN, Jesse MCLAUGHLIN, Kory W ALKER, Charles WHITE, Adele YELLOW FAT, Dana
YES NO YES EX. YES N.V . EX. EX.
5 – EXCUSED
#11. MOTION WAS MADE BY FRANK WHITE BULL, SECONDED BY CODY TWO BEARS, TO APPROVE TO CREATE A NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION, ALONG WITH NECESSARY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES, TO ADMINISTER DAPL FUNDS AND SUPPORT ENDEAVORS BENEFICIAL TO STANDING ROCK AND INDIAN COUNTRY.
ROLL CALL VOTE:
CLAYMORE, Duane DUNN, “Joe” James HARRISON, “Ben” Samuel TAKEN ALIVE, Robert THOMPSON, Caroline TWO BEARS, Cody WHITE BULL, Frank WHITE MOUNTAIN, Jr., Joseph
ARCHAMBAULT, II, DAVE – EXCUSED
N.V . YES EX. YES N.V . YES YES YES
ARCHAMBAULT, Paul FAITH, Jr., Mike HARRISON, Chad MCLAUGHLIN, Jesse MCLAUGHLIN, Kory W ALKER, Charles WHITE, Adele YELLOW FAT, Dana
YES NO YES EX. YES N.V . EX. EX.
5 – EXCUSED
#12. MOTION WAS MADE BY FRANK WHITE BULL, SECONDED BY CHAD HARRISON, TO APPROVE TO SUSPEND ANY NEW DAPL CONTRACTS OR
NO – 2 NOT VOTING – 3
NO – 1 NOT VOTING – 3
SPECIAL TRIBAL COUNCIL MEETING INTER-OFFICE FOLLOW-UP
MEETING DATE: December 20, 2016 PAGE: 6
MOTION #12 IS CONTINUED." -- NOTE: Facebook user Waniya Locke went to SRT herself and asked them to explain the resolution. As she explained it, this is legitimately the tribe using the $3.2 million raised in donations to pay for the costs they incurred to house, feed, and take care of the protesters (bathrooms, gyms, porta potties, dumpsters, electricity, facilities, casino housing, etc.) and that it was not as being portrayed by some protesters as the tribe stealing or scamming. You can see her video here: https://www.facebook.com/waniyal/videos/10154646653365831/
|12/29/2016||Protesters cut light tower cables at Backwater Bridge, stealing a state camera.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/videos/388701764815501/||Protesters cut the light tower cables, causing the tower to fall, and a state surveillance camera was stolen from the tower pole. There were small groups of protestors trespassing on the bridge most of the afternoon, and also near Turtle Hill. These groups tampered with and cut some of the security wire at the bridge and on Turtle Hill.|
|12/31/2016||The Standing Rock water intake which has been at the heart of the protests will be moved from its current location and not be near where the Dakot Access pipeline crosses the Missouri river (one of two total crossings) by the end of 2016.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/standing-rock-water-intake-process-moved-away-dakota-access-pipelines/||The water intake for Standing Rock had been scheduled for more than a decade (since issues in 2002) to be moved from its current location (where Missouri and Cannonball Rivers meet, and where the pipeline will cross nearby) to the Missouri River near Mobridge, South Dakota (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-north-dakota-pipeline-water-idUSKBN13H27D). This new water intake is going to be near a railroad crossing which trains carrying Bakken crude oil traverse. https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/irony-new-standing-rock-water-intake-will-next-rail-crossing-used-transport-oil/ Read More: https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/new-standing-rock-water-intake-will-downstream-railroad-bridge-carrying-oil-shipments/|
|12/31/2016||Protesters set off fireworks on Turtle Hill for New Year's, a site they claim is sacred and still has graves. Turtle Hill is the federal land.||Is it customary to blow up fireworks on a sacred site? To trample all over a sacred site and light up fireworks?|
|1/1/2017||Protesters hang banner from ceiling of US Bank stadium during Vikings game to tell people to divest from US Bank.||http://www.startribune.com/u-s-bank-stadium-protesters-won-t-be-charged-until-investigation-is-complete/409365845/||"The protesters, who were booked into the Hennepin County jail on Sunday, were out within 24 hours, but they could still face charges after the investigation is complete, deputy Minneapolis City Attorney Mary Ellen Heng said. The three are Karl Mayo, 32 and the son of former Green Party Minneapolis City Council Member Dean Zimmermann; Sen Holiday, 26, and Carolyn Feldman, 27. Mayo and Holiday scrambled over a wall on a public concourse to reach the ladder on one of the two main steel trusses supporting the stadium roof. According to his father, Mayo is experienced at protesting in high places and once spent nearly a year in a tree in Oregon. Zimmerman said he's proud of his son for bringing attention to global warming and fossil fuel dependence. "Who wouldn't be?" he said. As to how his son got into the stadium with his equipment and sign, Zimmerman said, "I have no idea."" NOTE: You can hear a recording of the security feed furing the incident, as well as read a transcript, here: https://www.facebook.com/julie.neidlinger/posts/10154967871456209?pnref=story Worth noting is the presence of Unicorn Riot at the event, filming it, BLM leaders, and the request of media attention during negotiations.|
|1/1/2017||Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier wins a Tribune award, an honor the community votes on to highlight outstanding citizens.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/bismarck/kirchmeier-leads-law-enforcement/article_6bc1bb75-57a6-54a3-8e98-da45d881ab87.html||"After long hours on the job responding to a protest movement virtually unprecedented in the state’s history, several area residents say Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier is more than deserving of recognition in this year’s Tribune Awards. Kirchmeier, 53, has spent his entire career in law enforcement. He was elected sheriff in 2014; prior to that he spent 28 years with the North Dakota Highway Patrol, earning the rank of captain. Kirchmeier’s department, along with law enforcement from across the state and out-of-state officers, have responded to Dakota Access Pipeline protesters who have been camping for their cause in southern Morton County for months."|
|1/1/2017||Protesters cut and remove a section of security wire on Turtle Hill, the hill the USACE had asked Morton County to protect.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/videos/388701764815501/||A group of protesters cut and removed a section of the security wire at the top of Turtle Hill and tampered with a lighting unit at the top of the hill. Protesters also damaged some of the security wire on the Backwater Bridge barricade. Protesters flashed a green laser at the ND Highway Patrol plane flying over the area.|
|1/4/2017||Federal building in downtown Bismarck in lockdown again, due to Grand Jury proceedings and protesters outside.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/nodapl-activists-protest-federal-grand-jury-bismarck-today/||This building also houses the post office. A protester named Steve Martinez inspired protesters to try to get him to resist the grand jury. He is being subpoened to testify in the incident regarding Sophia Wilansky and the possible protester-created incendiary device. He does not want to testify and was trying to quash the subpoena to have him testify. http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/protester-subpoenaed-to-federal-grand-jury-resists-testifying/article_afbcec7a-0d8f-5221-b627-371d2c0f0c75.html|
|1/4/2017||Standing Rock tribal council votes to have Sacred Stone Camp disbanded and removed.||https://www.facebook.com/earthw7/posts/10208422526786155?pnref=story||"Just got back from Council Robert taken Alive made a motion to close Sacred Stone, i asked him he said the motion came from the cannonball District he was just following his elected postion. then i ask how can he close a business and when had council closed a business in the past. i did tell him we have register in the state of north dakota as a business he said you don't have a tribal license and informed i try to get one but they said because it was a culture camp i did not need one. so they need to figure out what are they doing?? [...] I will not move and there is nothing they can do" Robert Taken Alive, representing the Cannon Ball district, made the motion.|
|1/4/2017||Chase Iron Eyes puts his name, along with other activists including communists, on full page ad in the NYT calling Trump/Pence a fascist regime.||http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/04/urging-millions-rise-trump-foes-issue-call-resist-fascism||“Stop the Trump/Pence regime before it starts! In the name of humanity we refuse to accept a fascist America!” the ad states, followed by a list of signatories that includes scholar Cornel West; author Alice Walker; Chase Iron Eyes of the Standing Rock Sioux; educator Bill Ayers; poet Saul Williams; CNN‘s Marc Lamont Hill; Carl Dix of the Communist Party USA; and numerous others."|
|1/5/2017||Grand Jury next meets in ND 8th District Federal Court to look into the actions of protesters on Nov. 20, and whether or not Sophia Wilansky, et. al. were involved in making incendiary devices to use against law enforcment on the Backwater Bridge.||https://www.facebook.com/dallasgoldtooth/posts/10106061817386173?pnref=story|
|1/5/2017||Informal meeting in Ft. Yates with Tribal Council and remaining camp leaders regarding the council's decision to ask the camps to leave.||https://www.facebook.com/ROMCIO/videos/10154008161777676/||Present was Chairman Archambault, Cody Two Bears, Charles Walker, (?) Thompson, Pat Harrison, Bill Dunn, Drake White Bull, Mike (?), Paul Archambault, Bennie (?) Many Wounds. Archambault opened meeting talking about the strain on the tribe due to the winter and also flood concerns on the Cannonball River. At risk is Oceti camp, Rosebud camp, and lower part of the Sacred Stone camp. Addressed rumors that the council is corrupt, they were taking money, that Archambault has many homes. He said it was all untrue, that the council has not solicited money directly but that people wanted to give so the council set up the PayPal account to allow for people who wanted to donate on a new website (standwithstandingrock.net). There were so many GoFundMe accounts and people didn't know which ones were legitimate (about 10,000 accounts). "We never touched the money. We never messed with any donations." They were going to use the money for the legal battle, and that they had many experts who knew how to win the legal fight. We used the funds for legal costs, for expert witnesses, paying for over 100 porta potties at one time (paid for tribal resources from EPA program until it ran out of money), then rollof dumpsters, then as weather got colder they worked with Robby and Patricia Arquette to find an alternative to porta potties. The tribe had set aside $500,000 to fight the pipeline with expense line items. When the donations started coming in, they decided that if a line item was running short they'd use donations to help with that. When the money comes to the tribe (fed. grant, state organization, private organization, etc.), the tribal council is responsible for the tribe membership it represents. So we've always been transparent with the money. He showed historic photos, including from 2013, that show the location of the structures goes underwater and floods. "The purpose I feel was served. We changed history. I see some real benefits, some real wins. We have to make sure we don't lose those. They can go away in no time." [Archambault hands it over to Cody Two Bears, councilman for Cannon Ball community] Wanted to share a story of the impacts on Cannon Ball. There was about 1000 people in the community before the protest, a community with a lot of needs. There's been about 25,000 that have come through Cannon Ball, a community with limited resources. Cannon Ball has done a great job hosting all of these people. Opened up homes, facilities, gym, showers, media, internet. Had to open up a lot of community centers during the first big blizzard. The tribe helped a lot of the visitors. Even during it, Standing Rock members still had needs, and resources that were to go to members were being used for the visitors. Members reminded them that they still had needs. Why did Cannon Ball make the motion at District meeting on Dec. 14? The reality is that Cannon Ball hasn't been hearing what has been going on in the camps regularly. They need to be informed of reality, not just rumors on Facebook. It concerns them with all of the visitors, no idea what kind of backgrounds they have, the community has children and elderly. Been a lot of increase in alcohol incidents in recent weeks and months. The casino has seen an increase of alcohol incidents also. The camp leaders need to hear. It's a concern, it's real. They need to face what is really happening out there. Cannon Ball were great hosts, but weren't kept informed which worries the community and makes them unstable. Addressed rumors about him being a sellout, etc. "It's not about money. It's never been about money...that's always been the most important thing." The tribal council is not corrupt. Told visitors they should learn the history of Standing Rock, that they have never taken money. Wants camp leaders to give Cannon Ball an update on what's going on. Visitors aren' self sufficient. They've approached the CAnnon Ball community for gas money, help getting home, for food. It's a drain on the community. The blockade is hurting the people economically. The drug and alcohol increase in the past months has been an issue. Unity is the most important thing. If you want to win in anything, you have to come together. [Charles Walker -- nothing to share at this time.] [Chad Harrison, from Ft. Yates speaking] We really wanted to have camp leaders to get a perspective that the council faces, and to address rumors. Expressed gratitude to everyone who came, those who showed up at the meeting. Wanted to bridge the gaps caused by rumors and social media comments. Commented on social media fallout issues. Commented that Sioux County, etc. were two of the top ten poorest counties in the nation. It's a reality, and we have to try to change that. That's in the back of our minds. So we're trying to fight the economic push, but also fight for our rights which have been stepped on over the years, decades, centuries. We are aware the fight isn't over. But we have to meet with state officials, the new administration. We don't have the luxury of putting our head in the sand and say we don't like who got elected, we have to deal with it. WE are not selling out. We don't have a history of that. But we're realistic, have to continue the fight through many different means. [Frank White Bull] Has lots of friends, relatives down in the camp. We have lots of discussions. We agree that safety is the number one concern. The flooding, the snow, that's nature. That's not the Corps, the government. There will lots of water, huge ice chunks bigger than a car. Brutal cold weather. We come here together, to fight you, to explain myself. The rumors on social media is what it is, I can't change it. There's a lot of hateful things said about our tribe right now. August 13 the tribe set up the seven tipis, we need to back to that day. The local media is going to love it to see us feuding. 99% of Bismarck don't like what's going on. I made that motion because I was put in a position to make the best decision for the best interest of the SRST. The intent isn't about leaving, but safety. We set up land in Cannon Ball district for safety, for people to go there, but no one has done it. No one has gone up to that camp. But don't neglect your families at home. Witnessed to two Lakota boys fighting at the front lines, one saying go back the other "no!", we all have that warrior in us. [...] The biggest complaints they are getting is that people want 1806 opened, and they are concerned about the trash. New governor probably wants to work with tribes, but state and law enforcement have other ideas. [Paul Lashavo? Archambault?] Doesn't go on social media, but hears that he's been called a liar there. That's life. His biggest concern is the closure of 1806. Elderly people missing appointments, etc. [Archambault asks Chase Iron Eyes and LaDonna Allard to speak] Chase goes first... Says the original call to protect the water turned into a liberation movement to protect their authority that hasn't been seen since 1973. Says the last five centuries have been about genocide, holding them in tutelage, bondage, and guardianship between US and native nations. The protest turned into a clean energy economy demand. Said he believed Gov. Dalrymple intended to close the road to impose economic sanctions, that the media, law enforcement, state colluded and didn't respect the right to them taking their destiny. They were comfortable with them living a second-class citizenhood. They were comfortable controlling access to river, territory they have no right to do. Now we have a president that is wiling to pursue fascist and authoritarian methods. The fight is going to come to Standing Rock again. We are prepared for it. We're glad to hear the council is ready to support it. "We're going to find out what sovereignity really means with the Trump administration." We've redistributed rations for the last 100 years. "Trump and a Republican congress could likely terminate us. All of our income and rights come through the federal regime. We need to be willing to defend against these likely transgressions." We need help, the IRA governments are in a better position to explain what our demands and positions are in this territory regarding treaties, since 1889. "We need the roadblock gone, the pipeline gone, and Morton County held accountable for for egregious civil rights and human rights abuses that they have lied about." We are also concerned about the sanitation concerns, we need your help, we know they need to move to high ground. We don't want the water contaminated, either. We respect the vets, the people who sacrificed. Noted it was going on way before he joined the struggle. [Paula Brave Bull speaks] Have their spiritual camp in Rosebud, it was the only way to stop the pipeline through prayer there. This movement doesn't belong to Standing Rock. That people who have sacrificed up to this point do receive justice, that the water stays clean. There were a lot of issues that happened with the camps, but we're human. Oceti Sakowin has been helping people to go home. [Cody speaks] Intoxicated people have come to Cannon Ball gym/shelter quite a few times. Shelter manager there said can't deal with it anymore. It's not allowed. [Paula] Drugs and alcohol not allowed. If they choose to do it, we can't control it. There are some guests in the community that are the drunks you are talking about, not at the camps. [LaDonna speaks] Council and camps need to communicate more. Said she's paid $7000 to STR sanitation but trash wasn't picked up. The veterans said they'd deploy and come in for a cleanup and help the tribe cleanup when the camps move. Before people move to the land the tribe set aside, they need a shelter belt or some hay bales and people will move. They have committees that try to solve problems as they come. "Morton County needs to be held accountable. Morton County needs to be held accountable for the economic damage they have done to SRST. We need to file against Morton County for the economic damage. They also need to be filed against the damage they did to individuals...Morton County needs to be held accountable...that's justice. Waht's happening with Morton County is injustice." UN will be back on the 21, Amenesty Intl. looking at the injustice on the ground. Mroton County has held SRST economic hostage. It is purposefully done. It is something that Standing Rock cannot stand for. Sacred Stone filed as a viable business in the state of ND. Going to try to buld a tower to bring cell service, etc. for Cannon Ball district. Building a place for dining room, kitchen, etc. all built on top of the ground so it can be moved. No problems to the earth. There is a school building out of haybales, opened Jan 2. Sacred Stone is not a protest camp, it is a cultural camp. They have been planning for winter since July. Set up systems and programs, have tractor and plow to plow own roads. Have 40 yurts, want traditional housing. Want the indigenous youth council to be the teachers at the camp. Have three greenhouses built. Have program set up for organic farming. It's all for the community of Cannon Ball -- food, resources, green energy. There are other camp leaders in here, but I don't know them all...a woman's group would like to speak. [? man?] Said all of the GoFundMe's needed to be pooled together to make the move. Noted Chase had his own GFM account, it should be pooled. There are millions and millions of dollars out there, and we're hurting for wood. [LaDonna] we are already having meetings to try to consolidate the money. Need a tribal representative. She never made a GFM or PayPal fund, though someone else did. They have a bookkeeper, CPA, keep receipts. 34 cars have been fixed in past weeks, they provided funding for those cars, but only camp members not tribal members. [Cody] This is the first time I've heard all of your plans for the camp. If you're going to develop something in the community, you need to involve the community. [Dave Archambault] When we told the camp before the first snow of the available land, Oceti Sakowin said they would not move. So if the camp would not move, we had to find another use. We repurposed that land, that's why it isn't prepared. We decided to build small green sustainable housing for members of Standing Rock. We tried several times to communicate with the camps. We'd identified a few to represent the camps, but the camps refused the representatives. We kept being called people who were colonizing the camps. Since Chase, LaDonna, et. al. were encouraging people to stay, I assumed they were the camp leaders. Sovereignity means do it yourself. We confuse that with treaties, and we become dependant. If we're going to say "we're sovereign" we shouldn't accept anything from the federal government, including food stamps. We shouldn't accept any outside resources, including donations. I said it was time to go because I knew winter was coming. The Bismarck FedEx said they had 80,000 packages that needed to be housed, asked if we could house it. There was a warehouse to store them, Joe said we needed to sort them...but Sacred Stone accused us of hoarding. We were trying to help. We don't have warehouses or storage filled with donations. We don't want them. I don't touch donations, money, just tried to help. And we get accused of the wrong things. The treaty, Chase, that's something we'll bring forward in the lawsuit. Oglala, Cheyenne, Rosebud said we'd put our treaties on the line. It's a treaty with the Great Sioux tribe, all Sioux tribes, so if we take it in and we lose, it affects everyone else. that's why we haven't made it the forefront of our argument, but we have to separate trust and responsibility with the federal government, don't want dependance. I don't want to fight, we don't want to fight. Was asked in California if the legal aspect fails, would we support putting blood on the line? No. We won't put our bodies on the line. The pipeline isn't the fight, the oil industry is the fight. What we accomplished today is a huge win so the pipelines dont' encroach on our land, our rights. If we lay our blood down in front of this one snake, it takes that win away. "We are the ones who have to live here. It's not just Standing Rock." We made noise around the world, I'm proud of it, but our behavior and actions today dictate what the future looks like for just Standing Rock. I have kids here. I'm not going to Florida. This is where I live. I have to make sure the future isn't a hardship for my grandkids. The sustainable housing ideas is good.It won't come overnight, but it will come, and it can transfer into other tribal communities. This whole thing is about peace and prayer, it went around the world. People cared, they saw, they supported. Violence brings a loss. We need to meet with leaders and get everything off of the flood plain, including cars. The Cannonball River used to flush every spring, but the dams created sediment. Ice chunks get stuck on the sediment, create ice dams... Our game and fish has shown me pictures of people taking animals we dont' have a record of. Saw a video of a deer swimming in circles, getting stabbed, at the camp, at the Cannonball River. A video of a buck being skinned by non-Indians. We can't have people going out knocking off animals until they're gone. Jeff Kelly, our game manager, brought it to my attention. [Paula...?] There were about 28,000 GoFundMe accounts out there, and we have no way to control how they spend that money. "We've been murdered for 500 years and we're still here." We're not just focusing on this pipeline. There've been major discussions on this destructive industry. The plan is for the Oceti Sakowin to continue on to deal with this industry. Tribes can standardize tribal codes to deal with pipelines, etc. so this doesn't happen again in the future. Don't call it a black snake, the elders said. the black snake keeps our medicine under ground. If you want to blame anyone, blame the children of the creators of the doctrine of discovery, that is the enemy. [Joel, Joe? on council] There was no motion for camp funds to pay for tribal debt. LaDonna, it's wonderful what you're doing for Cannon Ball district, but I'm surprised you've never communicated with them, or asked them if they want that. You know that the tribal administration building has always been here. [?] Man mentioned something about reforestration, that they worked years ago to get the cottonwoods back in the areas of the camp with the corps, and they've seen video of protesters cutting down live trees. [Chad] Questions for Chase, Paula, LaDonna. When you make plans, there has to be buy-in from everybody. Cannon Ball didn't have the buy in for that project. This goes to the whole thing. What is the end game? We had this conversation with Indigensous Environmental group regarding housing. If the funding dries up in five years, who has to pay for it? We do. Any plans that are made should be inclusive of this body and the people it represents. It's beyond just communication, but also about planning. Right now our children of Standing Rock high school can't go to a game without security following the buses. How do we address that? What is the behavior of you folks, of us? Our behavior has put our kids in the position where we need security so they aren't harassed. What you do affects us directly. When people leave, we still live here.|
|1/5/2017||ND Game and Fish releases information on deer poaching done by protesters, which was caught on video.||http://www.valleynewslive.com/content/news/409792215.html||"A video that was shot by a bystander shows several men pulling a whitetail deer out of the water and dragging it away and killing it. At the 4 minute and 50 second mark one of the men can be seen pushing the deer's muzzle into the dirt in an apparent attempt to suffocate it." WATCH VIDEO HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-QpGNTFlvo&feature=youtu.be|
|1/5/2017||Protesters, including Mike Markus (who has a warrant out for arrest) were back on Backwater Bridge yelling insults at law enforcement in the evening.||https://www.facebook.com/michael.markus.9/videos/10211248356225940/|
|1/5/2017||Actor Jeff Bridges dedicates National Board of Review award to the protesters.||http://www.avclub.com/article/jeff-bridges-dedicates-national-board-review-award-247968?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=ShareTools&utm_campaign=default||“I also want to thank all those folks at Standing Rock, and all those people supporting them,” the 67-year-old actor said at the tail end of his acceptance speech. “The movie [Hell Or High Water] deals with the consequences of looking out only for your own self interest, what that costs not just to you, but everybody. And those folks at Standing Rock, they’re looking out not only for their own interests, but for all of our interests, making sure we live on a healthy planet. I support them, I applaud them, and I accept this award on their behalf.”|
|1/5/2017||BJ Nastacio turns himself in to Morton County Sheriffs for a warrant out on his arrest.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/photos/a.162536147432065.1073741828.140989796253367/385693061783038/?type=3||"A man turned himself in Jan5/2017 after being sought since November/2016 by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department on charges of terrorizing an individual near the Backwater Bridge during anti-DAPL protest activities on October 27, 2016. BJ Nastacio of San Felipe Pueblo, New Mexico was arrested for an incident captured on video in which he had approached an individual with a weapon." Photos show him holding what appears to be a gun.|
|1/6/2017||SRT can file their briefs in court.||https://www.facebook.com/DigitalSmokeSignals/videos/10155533234664746/|
|1/6/2017||Female protester who abused her elderly mother in the protest camps was arrested. Morton County Sheriff's Dept. had to rescue the elderly woman||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/photos/a.162536147432065.1073741828.140989796253367/386184741733870/?type=3||The mother, in her 80's, had been left by her daughter, Kathleen Bennet, tied to a chair in the Oceti Sakowin camp, without clothes, improperly fed, in a diaper surrounded by urine and feces, with evidence of physical abuse. A camp medic had found the elderly woman before, but had lost track of her in the confusion of the early December blizzard. The medic found the woman in the same situation again, and called Morton County law enforcement to come and get her.|
|1/6/2017||Protesters go to Backwater Bridge in the early morning hours to cut the wire and scream insults at law enforcement.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/videos/386190215066656/||"At approximately 2:45am today, law enforcement responded to approximately 50 protestors at the Backwater Bridge who were removing the security wire from the barricade on the north end of the bridge. Protestors disregarded orders from law enforcement to leave the bridge. The officers eventually withdrew a short distance and observed the protestors continue to remove the security wire at the barricade and cross to the north side of the bridge. Approximately 10 of the protesters were equipped with protective hand-held shields and law enforcement observed several protestors carrying knives, hatchets, and chains. The protestors remained standing in the area of the barricade, yelling at the officers. By 3:45am, all of the protestors had left the bridge. No arrests were made. During this incident, the North Dakota Highway Patrol plane was targeted by laser and spotlight from the protest camp. At approximately 3:15pm today, law enforcement arrested two individuals for criminal trespass at Turtle Hill. This brings the total number of arrests to 584 since August 10." Protester's own video (Jesus Wagner, Michael Markus, et. al.) show them again screaming obscenities at law enforcement as part of this "prayerful" protest.|
|1/6/2017||Protesters group at Backwater Bridge and remove security wire on north side of bridge, and used a laser on a NDHP airplane.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/videos/388701764815501/||Protestors gathered at the Backwater Bridge and removed the security wire from the barricade on the north end of the bridge. Law enforcement responded and the protestors disregarded orders to leave the bridge. The officers eventually withdrew a short distance and observed the protestors. The protestors continued to remove the security wire at the barricade and a few went to the north side of the barricade and yelled at the officers. During this incident, the ND Highway Patrol plane was targeted by laser and spotlight from the protest camp.|
|1/7/2017||The Fischers hold livestock auction for their buffalo herd, the one harassed and targeted by protesters. Security precautions are put in place because protesters are targeting their sale.||https://www.facebook.com/LoosTales/posts/1369641953093076||An attempt to "save the buffalo" and raise money to buy the herd in order to validate Laramie Treaties and create huge "wild buffalo" herds across the nation: http://savethebuffalo.com/home/ Protesters post about the sale and attempt to disrupt it. They share live feed video on Facebook showing them driving around the auction area, upset that the Highway Patrol was there and patrolling the event heavily. The fundraising drive was put forth by Singapore resident David Kam who has never been to North Dakota and referred to the Mississippi River as the river the pipeline was going under during a Trent Loos interview. The sale goes well, as only qualified bidders, screend by Mrs. Fischer (a Standing Rock Tribal member), are allowed in and law enforcement are also present to protect the Fischers and legitimate buyers from any protesters who want to disrupt the sale of the private buffalo herd. http://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/annual-national-bison-associations-auction/637179147|
|1/10/2017||Morton County releases the numbers on the protest so far, including costs and arrests.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Morton-County-Sheriffs-Office-releases-By-the-Numbers-related-to-DAPL-protests-410272635.html||- Days of Response Support (since August 10, 2016): 153
- Hours of Response Support (as of January 9, 2017): 181,232
- State and Local Cost to Taxpayers (estimated as of Jan 4, 2017): $22.3 M
- In State Agencies Providing Support: 91
- States Providing Support1: 9
- Out of State Agencies Providing Support: 33
- Number of Arrests: 581
- Number of Protesters Arrested: 556
- Percent of Arrestees from Out of State: 94.5%
- Number of Arrestees with Prior Criminal Records2: 182
- Number of Arrestees with History of Violence3: 25
- Number of livestock killed/missing, injured4 (as of Jan 6, 2016): 10 / 32
- Number of poaching investigations tied to protest area5: 3
- Number of abandoned cars/structures on protest camp (estimated)6: 50 - 75
|1/10/2017||ND Legislator introduces bill to make it so drivers are not liable if people block the road.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/legislation-remove-liability-motorists-hitting-people-property-obstructing-road/||During this protest, protesters had repeatedly blocked roads and streets and refused to allow cars to pass.|
|1/11/2017||Morton County Sheriff's Department releases video of all the recent trespass and property destruction happening at Backwater Bridge.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/videos/388701764815501/|
|1/12/2017||Oceti Sakowin camp fire will burn down and end, and the camp will be no more.||https://www.facebook.com/Indigenousrisingmedia/videos/1593510370665783/||Camp leaders asked camp residents to evacuate, and that the leaders would clean up and transition the camp.|
|1/12/2017||Backwater Bridge declared structurally sound after tests completed. Will remain closed.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Test-results-show-Cantapeta-Bridge-on-Highway-1806-structurally-sound-410571995.html||"The North Dakota Department of Transportation says they've received the core test results from the Cantapeta Creek Bridge on Highway 1806. The test results show that the fire damage did not affect the structural integrity of the bridge. “It’s good news that the structural integrity of the bridge was not compromised. But repairs still need to be completed before the bridge is considered safe for vehicle travel. The Department will need to complete surface and guardrail repairs caused by protesters’ unlawful activity,” said Grant Levi, Director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation. Repair work may be completed within a few weeks, depending on security and weather conditions. Under the authority of the North Dakota Governor and the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, the roadway north of the bridge will remain closed until there is assurance no criminal activity will take place and federal law enforcement has been introduced into the protest camp to restore law and order."|
|1/12/2017||Leaders of Oceti Sakowin/Oyate camps announced they were letting the sacred fire burn down again, ending the camp.||http://ndresponse.gov/dakota-access-pipeline/daily-activity|
|1/13/2017||ND Gov. Burgum, Morton County Leaders, and local citizens and ranchers meet to talk about what they experienced during the protest.||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKOJgcaJFWs|
|1/15/2017||Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney talks about his experience with the protest.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/posts/390762164609461||"Quite simply, he said, the 33-member Morton County Sheriff’s Department was being overwhelmed by sprawling protests that quickly mushroomed to include thousands of protesters. “How do we sit back and watch the sheriff’s office and the cities of Bismarck-Mandan get overrun?” Laney said. “We had to help, just like they helped us in the flood.” Laney said he and his fellow officers were routinely thanked by Bismarck-Mandan residents who were grateful for their assistance. Laney was frustrated by a private security firm, hired by the pipeline company, that used guard dogs to protect the construction site. The dogs, which were not licensed in North Dakota, bit several protesters.
The decision to use dogs, he said, was “dumb” and damaged the image of police officers, whom he said were trying to provide public safety. “That changed the whole thing,” Laney added, making the police come across as “jack-booted thugs.”
It was frustrating to be accused of being the security force for the pipeline company, Laney said.
“All we were trying to do was enforce the rule of law,” he said, by arresting those who were trespassing or committing other crimes, including rioting.
|1/17/2017||16 protesters arrested as actions at Backwater Bridge and near the drill pad increase during a week of warmer weather. Some were prayerful, but others can be seen on video screaming obscenities at the police, and throwing razor-wire discs at them.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/posts/391864251165919||"Law enforcement came upon several homemade tire deflating devices that were placed on Highway 1806 pavement near Huff, ND. The 2” x 4” lumber with multiple protruding nails and broken glass was intended to be used to deflate tires that would drive over the device. It appears that several had been run over. Less than lethal weapons were used when the protesters were given multiple orders and warnings to move back from the bridge. Wear we waiting a final report as to what type of munitions were used. As protesters cut through and removed security wire they then crafted it into circular, Frisbee shape and were throwing it at law enforcement at the front line."|
|1/18/2017||Another night of protesters at Backwater Bridge. 21 were arrested.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/posts/392738297745181:0||"Protesters began assembling on the Backwater Bridge around 6:45pm on Wednesday, January 18. By 8:30pm, the crowd of protesters had grown to approximately 150. During the following four hours, protesters started three tire fires on the bridge and two fires on each side of the bridge as well as erecting two tipis further blocking the bridge. Protestors flanked the law enforcement line several times, attempting to get behind them. After protesters failed to comply to multiple orders from law enforcement to return to the south side of the bridge and go back to camp, law enforcement deployed less-than-lethal munitions.Over the course of the evening, law enforcement continued to attempt negotiations and issue multiple warnings to the protesters, however, the orders were not heeded and the crowd continued to grow. As the protester crowds grew in size and became more aggressive by throwing projectiles at officers and engaging in flanking maneuvers, the field commanders authorized use of less-than-lethal munitions of direct impact sponge rounds, drag stabilizer bean bag rounds, hand deployed pepper spray canisters and smoke riot control CS canisters. There were six injuries to law enforcement officers and ND National Guard soldiers. They ranged from ankle, shoulder, wrist and hand injuries. A report was taken of a protester who was injured in the face. He was transported by ambulance to Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck, ND." "At approximately 7:00 pm, protesters began assembling on the Backwater Bridge. Some of the protesters were equipped with shields and gas masks and they started a fire on the south end of the bridge. The protesters also erected teepee poles on the bridge. At approximately 7:30 pm, law enforcement officers entered the bridge and moved the protesters back and while on the bridge dismantled and removed the teepee poles.
At approximately 8:00 pm, the protesters again began assembling on the bridge. The number of protesters continually increased over the next two hours and the protesters were throwing a variety of objects at the law enforcement officers present at the barricade on the north end of the bridge. The objects included burning emergency flares, ice chunks, and frozen water bottles. At 10:20 pm, the number of protesters on the bridge was estimated at approximately 175. The situation continued past midnight." (http://ndresponse.gov/dakota-access-pipeline/daily-activity/11817)
|1/18/2017||ND National Guard removes the Avenger equipment that they'd been using because of their heat and visual abilities. This was to "de-escalate" the situation since protesters and "media" had said they were going to launch missiles.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/photos/a.162536147432065.1073741828.140989796253367/391703834515294/?type=3&theater||The Daily Beast helped promote the idea that North Dakota, which does not actually have any of the munitions needed to use in the Avengers located in this state (it's primary use is observation), was considering firing expensive missiles at small drones or protesters. Because that sounds believable. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/18/national-guard-pulls-missile-launchers-away-from-standing-rock-protesters.html|
|1/19/2017||3% of 800 ND landowners sue Dakota Access over how they acquired land to lay the pipeline.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/national/north-dakota-landowners-sue-over-dakota-access-easements/article_d82690be-0136-5d26-a41d-860e0b2fb3cf.html||"Those suing say Dakota Access engaged in unfair tactics and fraud while negotiating to lay pipeline on private land, resulting in compensation that was as much as nine times lower than what other landowners got. Landowners also allege they were told if they didn't agree to the offered amount, they faced losing money or getting nothing either because their land would be condemned through eminent domain or the pipeline would be moved elsewhere."|
|1/20/2017||President Trump Inagauration|
|1/20/2017||Standing Rock tribe asks all protesters to leave. They do not want any camps remaining.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/tribal-council-supports-asking-protesters-to-leave-cannon-ball/article_d9a979b4-ff2f-57a6-9950-e8eba7b3ae61.html||The Cannon Ball district had passed an earlier resolution saying they didn't want the camp the tribe was building in their district to evacuate protesters to due to impending flooding. "The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council unanimously voted to support the district of Cannon Ball in asking all Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to leave the area and canceling plans for a nearby winter camp.|
"All the individuals at all the camps in and around Cannon Ball need to leave the district," residents wrote in a 10-point resolution passed during an executive session of a district meeting Wednesday night. "The building of an alternative site for the camp(s) within the Cannon Ball District is not needed or wanted. If there is to be any kind of a 'site' for the commemoration of this historic event that took place with all the tribes, the people of Standing Rock need to vote on where, what and cost before any 'shanty town is built.'" Since the resolution, the move to a new winter camp from the Oceti Sakowin camp has been put on hold, according to Tom Goldtooth, director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, a organization that supports the camps and is helping to coordinate the move.
Sacred Stone camp founder LaDonna Allard does not plan to close down her camp. She was not present at the council meeting.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has told all protesters camping in flood zones that they need to pack up and move by Jan. 30, when they plan to bring in equipment to pack up waste and materials."
|1/20/2017||Rep. Kevin Cramer says the EIS President Obama instituted would be rescinded within a week and the easement issued to complete the pipeline.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/audio-rep-cramer-says-expects-trump-approve-dakota-access-pipeline-next-week/|
|1/24/2017||President Trump signs order to proceed with Keystone XL pipeline and Dakota Access pipeline.||https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/01/24/trump-gives-green-light-to-dakota-access-keystone-xl-oil-pipelines/||Riots/protests break out yet again in cities such as Chicago, DC, Seattle, New York, etc.|
|1/24/2017||Three more protesters are arrested on Turtle Hill, crashing a drone into Cannonball River and colliding with law enforcement vehicles.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/3-arrested-after-crashing-drone-into-Cannonball-River-fleeing-law-enforcement--411774255.html||At approximately 9:15 pm, law enforcement officers observed a vehicle drive from the Oceti protest camp and park at Turtle Island. The 3 occupants who proceeded to fly a drone which subsequently crashed on the south side of the Cannonball River. Law enforcement officers approached the occupants to arrest them for trespass. The occupants ran back to the vehicle and began to leave. Officers in UHV’s attempted to stop the vehicle and the vehicle backed into the UHV to its rear, forcing the UHV to take evasive action. The UHV sustained some damage. The vehicle fled nearly striking other UHV’s and headed back towards the Oceti Sakowin camp on a plowed road. Officers were able to get the vehicle stopped and the 3 occupants (2 males and one female) were arrested and charged with multiple offenses.|
|1/24/2017||Rhonda Rousey arrives at Standing Rock with supplies for protesters.||http://www.foxsports.com/ufc/story/ronda-rousey-spotted-at-standing-rock-protests-against-dakota-pipeline-012517||Afteer her recent crushing loss to Nunes, Rousey showed up at the protest and had several social media photo ops.|
|1/25/2017||Actress Shailene Woodley will stand trial for her trespass involvement in a protest on October 10 that took place on private land near St. Anthony.||http://www.democracynow.org/2016/10/25/headlines/iowa_blockade_halted_dakota_access_drilling_under_mississippi_river||Or possibly Feb. 22 (http://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/shailene-woodley-speaks-at-learning-circle)|
|1/25/2017||ND releases a new website that puts out information for emergency situations in the state.||http://ndresponse.gov/||This website features timelines, links, documents, and information about what has been happening with the protest.|
|1/26/2017||Cheyenn River Sioux announces intent to lease land from SRST in order to set up a camp there for protesters who want to remain.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/cheyenne-river-sioux-tribe-aims-to-lease-land-for-protesters/article_cf392524-71d6-5eb4-b011-f4c9dd300084.html||"As state and tribal officials try to transition people home from the protest camps, a South Dakota tribe may open a new camp for their members.
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is negotiating a lease for land on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation where 50 to 60 members still residing at the Oceti Sakowin camp could move during the flooding season, according to Remi Bald Eagle, intergovernmental affairs coordinator for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
Bald Eagle said the new camp would be a "safe space for our tribal members and anyone authorized by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe." [...] The proposal appears to conflict with a resolution passed by the Cannon Ball District and tribal council last week, which requested all protest camps in that area be cleared and people go home. Neither Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II nor District Chairman Robert Fool Bear was familiar with the plan.
"While we certainly don’t want to go against the wishes of Cannon Ball or the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, we are not doing this for political reason," Bald Eagle said. "We are merely doing this to provide a safe warm place for our tribal members, who may be stuck."
Fool Bear said he was not yet sure how much authority his district has over a new camp on private land.
"Our intent as a district is to get people to leave," Fool Bear said. "We will go to the edge of our authority."
|1/26/2017||Gov. Burgum meets with tribal and camp leaders.||http://www.ndresponse.gov/dakota-access-pipeline/press-releases/burgum-meets-tribal-camp-leaders-about-clearing-camp-spring||"The governor and lieutenant governor listened for nearly five hours to Standing Rock Tribal Council members, Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II, five camp headsmen and tribal members during the meeting at Prairie Knights Casino. Several topics were discussed, ranging from the economic impact of the protests to the effects of addiction on tribal communities. Burgum also heard from Cody Two Bears, a Tribal Council representative from the Cannon Ball District, about the district’s commitment to clearing the camps before spring flooding. In a separate meeting, district representatives reaffirmed the resolution they passed last week calling for all individuals at all camps in and around Cannon Ball to leave the district. [...] Those who attended the meeting included Standing Rock Tribal Council members Mike Faith, Robert Taken Alive and Frank White Bull; former tribal chairman Ron His Horse Is Thunder; former council members Archie Fool Bear, Ken Many Wounds and Phyllis Young; Jeff Kelly, director of the tribe’s game and fish department; Long Soldier District Chairman Cedric Good House and his wife, Sissy; and officials from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs."|
|1/28/2017||MSNBC reporter Cal Perry airs broadcast with hilariously bad information regarding the protest.||http://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/fake-news-msnbc-aired-nodapl-report-buffalo-hunting-even-told-inaccurate/||"The video I originally posted showed reporter Cal Perry recording multiple takes of a broadcast in which he talked about a spring buffalo hunt which would have Native Americans floating the carcasses down the Missouri River. “The tribes here go hunting for buffalo and they go hunting north of the river,” Perry said in one take. “Because the buffalo is so heavy, they kill it and flow it down here and that’s of course, what they feed their families with. What happens when we float that buffalo down the river and the river is full of oil?” Despite numerous attempts by people to get Perry to not air the segment due to obvious false information, MSNBC chooses to air the report.|
|1/29/2017||All protest camps must be emptied, according to SRST.||This was the original date. There are also reports they changed it to February 20.|
|1/29/2017||Another group of veterans begins raising money to return to the camps in defiance of Pres. Trump's recent memorandum.||http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/30/veterans-raise-funds-for-standing-rock-after-trump-dakota-access-memo.html||"Those efforts include developing the capability to deploy thousands of veteran volunteers to Standing Rock, potentially putting the White House in a politically difficult position. They come as tensions have escalated between protesters and law officers in recent weeks. Veterans Stand launched a fundraising drive on GoFundMe last week to support a network of protesters camped out near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. It seeks to raise $500,000 to buy supplies for campers, provide car rides for volunteers and create a rapid response ability. It has raised about $19,000 in two days.[...] The presence of veterans among protesters has a potent effect, Diggs said. Energy Transfer Partners, the government and local authorities knew it would be a public relations disaster "if they had veterans standing in solidarity in peaceful protest being fired upon with rubber bullets on live TV." Veterans Stand is focusing on delivering aid to protesters remaining at the camp, and will hold off on deploying volunteers so the group can avoid complicating logistics or stretching resources, Diggs said. The decision to send more volunteers will be made with tribal leaders, he added. "We still have people on the ground out there, but we want to make sure we're going out there in service," he said. Still, Diggs said the veterans group has the ability to rapidly scale up its presence if necessary. "The 4,000 could have easily turned into 20,000, because that's how we're trained to operate," he said, referring to the December deployment of volunteers. Veterans Stand said it was also taking new steps because "turmoil and uncertainty at Standing Rock has increased significantly" in the last two weeks. Diggs said an escalation took place this month after the Morton County Sheriff's Department and private security firms began moving to clear protest camps. [THIS IS NOT TRUE AT ALL. THEY HAVE NEVER ONCE DONE THIS.] Rob Keller, a spokesman for the sheriff's department, said authorities had not tried to remove protesters. Instead, sheriffs and National Guard troops responded to the actions of some of the camp's more militant activists. Those people recently cut wire blocking access to a contested bridge and a fence along the Missouri River, and attempted to reach a drill pad for the Dakota Access pipeline located on private property, he said." The camps are to be cleared out, according to SRST, but Chenenne River ST is trying to lease land to let them remain. There are also some SRST that refuse to abide by the order to clear out the camps. These veterans are supposedly going to come to ND for another round of PR in order to force law enforcement (much of whom are veterans themselves) and National Guard to face off with them. NOTE: There is NOT violence unless protesters try to trespass, cut fence, and attack.|
|1/30/2017||Standing Rock tribe brings in equipment to clean up the mess left behind at protest camps to prevent environmental damage during spring flooding.||Online they are referred to as the "tribal EPA", and they brought in heavy equipment to clear the area. The weather the past two weeks has been unseasonably warm (upper 30's) so it is a good tme to do so before the temps drop and more snow comes.|
|1/30/2017||Backwater Bridge barricades are started to be removed by authorities.||Based on an agreement between ND Governor, law enforcement, and the tribes.|
|1/31/2017||Trial resumes for protesters whose previous trial date had been continued.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Trial-for-10-DAPL-protesters-has-been-continued-407469535.html|
|1/31/2017||Protesters gather at Bank of ND in Bismarck, and at the federal building in downtown Bismarck, to protest the BND providing $8 million to Morton County Sheriff's Dept.||https://www.facebook.com/wearethemedia2016/videos/707153752798988/||They say that MCSD is going to use the funds from the BND to continue to further illegal genocide of people as well as hire more "DAPL thugs". Remember, ND has paid $22 million out of pocket for this protest. This is the state's own bank, being asked by legislators to help pay these costs. The protest is ridiculous. About 20-30 gathered. "At approximately 11:30 am, 30-40 protesters were at the Bank of North Dakota in Bismarck doing a demonstration. The protest was apparently related to the State funding from the Bank of North Dakota that is going to the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services to pay costs related to the protest. At approximately 12:30 pm, the protesters left the area of the bank. Law enforcement monitored the protesters and there were no significant problems and no arrests were made.
At approximately 12:45 pm, approximately 15-25 protesters staged a demonstration outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Bismarck. The protest was related to a court hearing being held in the courthouse for a protester. After approximately 1 hour, the protesters left the area. Law enforcement monitored the protesters and there were no significant problems and no arrests were made.
Late in the afternoon, Senator Hoeven’s office released a statement reporting that Acting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer has directed the Corps to proceed with an easement for completion of the DAPL pipeline." (http://ndresponse.gov/dakota-access-pipeline/daily-activity/13117)
|1/31/2017||Backwater Bridge barricades continue to be removed.|
|2/1/2017||Rogue protesters attempt to make a camp on private land, and are arrested by law enforcement. Chase Iron Eyes is also arrested.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/photos/a.162536147432065.1073741828.140989796253367/399745763711101/?type=3&theater||"a rogue group of protesters illegally set up a camp on private property in southern Morton County and 74 were arrested. Law enforcement from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department met twice on the Backwater Bridge with representatives of the rogue group to discuss the illegal camp. After multiple warnings by law enforcement to leave or be subject to arrest for criminal trespass, the protesters refused to leave. Law enforcement then took action and evicted the protesters.
Law enforcement showed great restraint, conducting themselves in a safe and responsible manner despite protesters resisting arrest and putting themselves in a precarious situation. The goal is still to continue working with Tribal officials and protest camp leaders to clear and clean the main camps before flooding happens and for protesters to leave the area, according to Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier."
|2/1/2017||After arrests, the barricade is put back on the bridge.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/videos/400182997000711/|
|2/1/2017||Two people arrested with marijuana, cash, and AR-15 ammo headed south on highway 1806 to Prairie Knights casino at Standing Rock.||http://www.myndnow.com/news/bismarck-news/traffic-stops-leads-to-two-arrests/650458005||"During a traffic stop at a control point south of Mandan, The North Dakota Highway Patrol seized about three pounds of marijuana, marijuana wax, drug paraphernalia, more than $7,000 in cash and three high capacity magazines for AR15style rifles. Police say on Wednesday, February 1 a Chevy Silverado traveling on a closed portion of N.D. Highway 1806 south of Mandan. The vehicle entered the Ft. Rice traffic control point and was he informed he could not travel on the closed road. The driver, Douglas Dias, 29 of Santa Rosa, California, admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle and that he was headed to Prairie Knights Casino. Dias and passenger Jennifer Green, 37, of Santa Rosa, California were arrested for possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver. Marijuana was located after a subsequent search of the vehicle"|
|2/4/2017||Three protesters arrested by BIA (federal officers who are Native Americans). The video shows the BIA using batons on them after they had pepper sprayed the police, according to BIA.||http://standwithstandingrock.net/standing-rock-denounces-violence-calls-allies-demand-fair-legal-review/||"“The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe denounces any violence and it is very important to maintain peace on all sides. Although we don’t know all the facts, the Bureau is conducting an investigation. From information provided thus far, we understand that a tribal citizen of the Cannonball community called the police due to individuals blocking road access to the caller’s home. When law enforcement arrived at the scene, officers were subsequently pepper sprayed by the individuals at the roadblock. This led to an altercation and arrests at the scene.The safety of Tribal citizens remains our top priority and we denounce all forms of violence. We ask that our allies stand with us and join us on the legal challenge ahead. The Tribe will be in front of the court tomorrow continuing to press forward on it’s anticipated legal challenges to any Trump reversal of the EIS. We need your voice to help Standing Rock demand a fair, accurate and lawful environmental review of the pipeline. Please contact your Congressional delegation to ensure that happens. We are heartened by the successful legal challenge against the discriminatory travel ban overturned and sustained this weekend. We believe DAPL project requires the same legal scrutiny and consideration. We must stand together against actions and policies that unlawfully discriminate and hurt sovereign nations and Native Americans.”"|
|2/6/2017||Part of Backwater Bridge cleared and prepared for repairs.||http://ndresponse.gov/dakota-access-pipeline/daily-activity/2617||"The ND Dept of Transportation removed the barricade from the north end of the Backwater Bridge and also cleaned the bridge deck of snow/ice in preparation for repairs to the bridge to begin. A barricade remains in place on the south side of the bridge. No significant protest activity occurred. "|
|2/7/2017||Federal judge denies a motion by protesters to stop law enforcement from using "excessive force."||http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/feb/7/judge-nixes-dakota-protesters-request-police-force/||"A federal judge denied Tuesday a motion by Dakota Access pipeline protesters to stop law enforcement from using “excessive force,” ruling that officers acted reasonably when they used water hoses and other methods against fire-starting, rock-throwing rioters. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Daniel L. Hovlandsaid that officers were outnumbered when they deployed hoses and other non-lethal means against a crowd of 1,000 protesters trying to remove a police barricade on the fire-damaged Backwater Bridge during the Nov. 20-21 melee. Nine activists had sought a temporary injunction against the Morton County Sheriff’s Department to stop officers in the future from using items such as “water cannons,” tear gas, concussion grenades, or “flash-bangs,” rubber bullets and “excessive force.” The judge said videos from the night showed “a very chaotic scenario” that included brush fires set nearby, but that protesters had been warned repeatedly to leave the bridge and they were free to retreat at any time. “The Court is fully aware of the indiscriminate use of water and other forms of non-lethal force that were used that evening in the midst of the darkened chaos,” Judge Hovland said. “The Court is also cognizant that it is sometimes difficult for a law enforcement officer to determine how the doctrine of excessive force will apply to the particular factual situation the officer is confronted with.” The judge also said it was “undisputed that protesters were yelling profanities and throwing and slinging large rocks, lug nuts, padlocks, frozen water bottles, and other objects at law enforcement officers.”|
|2/8/2017||USACE grants Dakota Access the easement to begin drilling under Oahe.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/US-Army-Corps-of-Engineers-grants-easement-for-DAPL-under-Lake-Oahe-413224723.html|
|2/10/2017||A smaller group of veterans arrives (Veterans Respond) at LaDonna Allard's request, despite the tribe asking all protesters to leave and all camps to be removed.|
|2/13/2017||A Veterans Respond leader and others are arrested for drugs, and possible bomb-making paraphernalia.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/posts/405812299771114||See also: http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/4217403-three-members-veterans-pipeline-protest-group-arrested-drug-allegations, https://www.facebook.com/NetizensForProgress/posts/1847117825557197:0|
|2/13/2017||Patrick Welsh, from Veterans Respond, has discussion on Facebook about how to sabatoge pipeline valves.||https://www.facebook.com/NetizensForProgress/posts/1847815135487466|
|2/13/2017||U.S. District Judge James Boasberg has denied a request by CRST and SRST to halt the pipeline.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/US-District-Judge-denies-request-to-halt-remaining-construction-of-DAPL-413624133.html||"U.S. District Judge James Boasberg has denied a request by two American Indian tribes to halt construction of the remaining section of the Dakota Access pipeline. Judge Boasberg issued his ruling Monday in Washington, D.C., and will consider the request more thoroughly at a Feb. 27 hearing. The Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux requested the temporary injunction last week after Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners got federal permission to lay pipe under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota."|
|2/14/2017||Cleanup attempts of the camps continue, but are not going well. It appears to be a looming environmental disaster as 250 truckloads of trash have been taken to landfills and 200 cars remain abandoned on the prairie.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/nodapl-protesters-abandoned-hundreds-cars-now-theyre-ecological-threat/||Warm weather caused a sudden melt which left the camps in a soupy mess, making it difficult to remove the cars, trash, tents, and other debris thousands of protesters left behind. SEE ALSO: http://westernwire.net/abandoned-vehicles-pose-new-pollution-threat-at-dapl-protest-site/, https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/nodapl-protesters-abandoned-hundreds-cars-now-theyre-ecological-threat/|
|2/15/2017||Traffic control points set up as ND Governor issues an executive order to evacuate. Clash with protesters on snowmobiles at Turtle Hill.||http://ndresponse.gov/dakota-access-pipeline/daily-activity/21517||"A traffic control point was established on Hwy 1806 between the Backwater Bridge and the north entrance to the Oceti Sakowin camp. The existing barricade on the Backwater Bridge was removed. The new traffic control point was established in accordance with the plan to do a phased re-opening of the Backwater Bridge but at this time the bridge remains closed to traffic. While the movement of the jersey barriers was underway to the new traffic control point, protesters approached law enforcement on Hwy 1806 but no significant problems were encountered.
Governor Burgum issued Executive Order 2017-1, which orders a mandatory evacuation of the areas of Morton and Sioux County adjacent to the Cannonball River which are under the proprietary jurisdiction of the US Army Corps of Engineers. In summary, the evacuation is ordered due to flooding concerns and accompanying significant health and safety risk and danger to human life as well as a significant and increasing environmental threat to the waters of the Missouri River. All persons occupying or residing in the area are ordered to leave the area no later than 2 pm on February 22, 2017.
At approximately 11:40 pm, 2 snowmobiles left the protest camp and entered onto US Corps of Engineers property in the area of Turtle Hill. Three law enforcement officers on snowmobiles responded and approached these snowmobiles and the unknown subjects operating the snowmobiles engaged in reckless driving by approaching the officers at high speed and driving very close to the officers as if to crash into the officers or cause the officers to wreck by taking evasive action. These snowmobiles then returned to the Oceti Sakowin camp at a high rate of speed and officers did not pursue."
|2/17/2017||Standing Rock casino reports heavy loses because of protest.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/report-standing-rocks-casino-revenue-millions-nodapl-protests/||The revenue is down $9 million. That revenue is used to fund social programs for youth, elderly on the reservation, making this a painful loss.|
|2/19/2017||Protesters erect a tipi on the highway for "educational purposes", forcing a Standing Rock ambulance to be diverted because they were blocking the highway.||http://ndresponse.gov/dakota-access-pipeline/daily-activity/21917||This is ironic, since they complained that the police blocking the highway would get in the way of emergency services, and they ended up doing that very thing with their direct action. "Equipment under the direction of Incident Command continued to assist with cleanup of the Oceti Sakowin camp.
At approximately 5:30 pm, a group of approximately 75 – 100 protesters gathered in the middle of Hwy 1806 in front of the north entrance to the Ocetic Sakowin camp and also erected a tepee in the roadway. They were directed to clear the roadway but refused to comply with commands. As a result of their blocking of the roadway, an ambulance coming from the south was unable to proceed and had to turn around and take an alternative route. After approximately one hour, the protesters were given a final notice to clear the roadway and leave or face arrest. At that point, they did disperse from the area. No arrests were made."
|2/20/2017||Standing Rock casino reports heavy losses because of protest, intend to use PR to repair damage with local community.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/audio-casino-spokesman-says-heavier-pr-effort-aimed-repairing-business-damaged-nodapl-protests/||"Many in south central North Dakota have organized social media efforts aimed at encouraging a boycott of the casino over the protests. “It’s something we discuss with them on a daily or weekly basis,” Kingsley told me of that situation, saying it has prompted a “heavier PR effort” from the casino in response.“It’s like you invite your in-laws for Christmas…and a couple of weeks later they’re still there,” he said of that situation. So what message does the casino want to communicate to those alienated by the protests? “What a great corporate citizen Prairie Knights has been,” Kingsley told me. He said the casino strives to buy locally, contributing some $6.7 million to the Bismarck/Mandan economy in the last year. He also pointed out that the tribal leadership, which had invited the protesters to North Dakota to oppose the pipeline, has now asked the protesters to leave."|
|2/21/2017||State of North Dakota offers free hotel room, food, bus ticket out of state, medical checkup, and hygiene kit to protesters who willingly left the camps.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/state-north-dakota-buying-hotel-rooms-bus-tickets-home-nodapl-protesters/||"“The North Dakota Department of Human Services, North Dakota Department of Emergency Services and the North Dakota Department of Health have partnered to set up a travel assistance center,” a press release from the state Joint Information Center states. It’s a pretty generous package of assistance. “The transportation assistance center will offer personal kits, water and snacks, health/wellness assessments, bus fare for a return trip home, a food voucher, hotel lodging for one night, and a taxi voucher to the bus terminal,” the release states. Officials will also be providing transport from the protest camps, which are in southern Morton County, up to the assistance center in Bismarck."|
|2/21/2017||Protesters attempt to block, and search, cleanup equipment coming into camp.||http://ndresponse.gov/dakota-access-pipeline/daily-activity/22117||"Equipment under the direction of Incident Command continued to assist with cleanup of the Oceti Sakowin camp. As on previous days, protesters at the gate delayed the equipment from entering and searched all equipment as it entered causing it to take approximately 90 minutes for all equipment to enter. Due to extremely muddy conditions, there was very limited progress in doing the cleanup.
At approximately 3:00 pm, representatives from the ND Governor’s office and the US Corps of Engineers met with people from the camp and discussed the requirement that the camp be vacated by 2:00 pm on February 22, 2017.
While cleanup activities are occurring in the camp, there is obvious movement of some structures and materials to higher ground in the Oceti camp to include construction of new wooden buildings. A fence was also being constructed around a portion of the structures in the camp.
A thunderstorm moved through the camp in the early evening hours. "
|2/22/2017||Army Corps deadlline for their property to be cleared and protest camps gone.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/video-disgusting-nodapl-camps-become/|
|2/22/2017||Eviction Day: USACE and ND Gov. set today at 2 pm as when the camps on USACE land must be evacuated.|
|2/22/2017||The main camp was not evacuated completely, though many protesters did leave. There was much violence and fire by protesters during the day.||http://ndresponse.gov/dakota-access-pipeline/daily-activity/2-22-17||"All persons were to be vacated from the Oceti Sakowin camp and other adjacent US Army Corps of Engineer property by 2:00 pm. At approximately 7:50 am, 3 large fires were reported as burning in the camp. Throughout the morning and early afternoon, there were continual fires accompanied by some explosions in the camp as structures and debris were being burned. It is estimated there were approximately 20 fires. At approximately 8:50 am, contractors reporting to the camp to assist with cleanup were denied entry by camp officials at the gate to the Oceti camp. At approximately 9:15 am, BIA established a traffic control point on Hwy 1806 south of the Ocetic camp to prohibit anyone from entering the area of the camp from the south on Hwy 1806. Access from the north continued to be controlled by the checkpoint just south of the backwater bridge. At approximately 12:45 pm, a procession estimated to be approximately 100 people left the Oceti camp walking south on Hwy 1806. This group continued to walk south and were allowed to leave the area. At approximately 12:54 pm, a report was received of 2 individuals that received burns as a result of a fire/explosion in the camp and were being brought from the camp to be picked up by ambulance. They were subsequently transported to a Bismarck hospital by Standing Rock Ambulance. The victims were a 17 year old female and a 7 year old male. At approximately 1:30 pm, protesters blocked the north entrance to the Ocetic camp with a metal gate and also strung razor or barbed wire across the entrance. Protesters gathered on Hwy 1806 in front of the camp and at approximately 4:10 pm, law enforcement officers moved to the area by the camp and the protesters on the highway ignored orders to disperse. Subsequently 10 were arrested and taken into custody. The remainder fled on foot from the officers and moved to the south. Officers then returned to the traffic checkpoint that is north of the camp. Buses were available for protesters who wanted to voluntarily leave and be taken to a state-sponsored Travel Assistance Center to receive resources to leave the area. Four individuals were taken to the Travel Assistance Center. Law enforcement officers did not enter the camp at any time and an unknown number of protesters remain in the camp.|
|2/22/2017||Two children in the protest camp were badly hurt (burned) as protesters lit off fires and explosions prior to the evacutation time.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/photos-nodapl-protesters-set-estimated-20-fires-injuring-two-children-officials-work-evacuate/||"Protesters also apparently set 20 fires, injuring two of their own who were taken to Bismarck by ambulance for medical care. One was a 7-year-old boy, the other a 17-year-old girl." The 17 year-old girl was later air lifted to Minneapolis because of the severity of the burns she got from the fires the protesters lit. Originally they were transferred by SRST ambulance to Bismarck. Protesters go online and try to frame the burn accidents as the result of police raiding the camp and forcing the young woman into a building that burned, but the police did not enter the camp to clear it until the next morning. The protesters used this event to get people to donate to several GoFundMe accounts. "All persons were to be vacated from the Oceti Sakowin camp and other adjacent US Army Corps of Engineer property by 2:00 pm.
At approximately 7:50 am, 3 large fires were reported as burning in the camp. Throughout the morning and early afternoon, there were continual fires accompanied by some explosions in the camp as structures and debris were being burned. It is estimated there were approximately 20 fires.
At approximately 8:50 am, contractors reporting to the camp to assist with cleanup were denied entry by camp officials at the gate to the Oceti camp.
At approximately 9:15 am, BIA established a traffic control point on Hwy 1806 south of the Ocetic camp to prohibit anyone from entering the area of the camp from the south on Hwy 1806. Access from the north continued to be controlled by the checkpoint just south of the backwater bridge.
At approximately 12:45 pm, a procession estimated to be approximately 100 people left the Oceti camp walking south on Hwy 1806. This group continued to walk south and were allowed to leave the area.
At approximately 12:54 pm, a report was received of 2 individuals that received burns as a result of a fire/explosion in the camp and were being brought from the camp to be picked up by ambulance. They were subsequently transported to a Bismarck hospital by Standing Rock Ambulance. The victims were a 17 year old female and a 7 year old male.
At approximately 1:30 pm, protesters blocked the north entrance to the Ocetic camp with a metal gate and also strung razor or barbed wire across the entrance.
Protesters gathered on Hwy 1806 in front of the camp and at approximately 4:10 pm, law enforcement officers moved to the area by the camp and the protesters on the highway ignored orders to disperse. Subsequently 10 were arrested and taken into custody. The remainder fled on foot from the officers and moved to the south. Officers then returned to the traffic checkpoint that is north of the camp.
Buses were available for protesters who wanted to voluntarily leave and be taken to a state-sponsored Travel Assistance Center to receive resources to leave the area. Four individuals were taken to the Travel Assistance Center.
Law enforcement officers did not enter the camp at any time and an unknown number of protesters remain in the camp. " (http://ndresponse.gov/dakota-access-pipeline/daily-activity/22217)
|2/23/2017||The ND assistance program to provide free hotel room, food, and bus ticket is partially ended due to protesters trashing their free hotel room in Bismarck. Only 9 protesters take the offer.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/north-dakotas-assistance-program-nodapl-protesters-closed-hotel-room-trashed/||"Cecily Fong, spokeswoman for the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services, has confirmed to me that the state’s transition center, as it was being called, has been shut down after at least one room hosting protesters was vandalized. UPDATE: I’m told that the state is still offering bus tickets.
Fong told me that four hotel rooms at the Comfort Inn in Bismarck had been checked out to protesters. She said state officials were monitoring social media traffic last night urging the protesters with the rooms to invite other activists there to vandalize them.
I guess that’s what happened. Fong said the Comfort Inn will no longer honor vouchers from the protesters, and the state apparently isn’t giving any more out.
Fong wasn’t 100 percent on the specifics, but said it was her understanding that only four hotel vouchers had been given out. She didn’t know how many bus tickets were purchased for the protesters. UPDATE: Fong now tells me that a total of five bus tickets were given out, only three were used"
|2/23/2017||36 arrests made as law enforcement cleared out the camps completely on USACE land.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/33-arrested-as-DAPL-protesters-continue-to-refuse-evacuation-order-414640763.html||Brings the total to more than 40 arrested since the eviction notice passed. Law enforcement reveals there was an informant in the camp, and that they waited a day due to weapons that were in the camp which were possibly moved to Sacred Stone camp. "At approximately 10:00 am, representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers met with protesters from the Oceti Sakowin camp and discussed USACE priorities to clean up the area and restore the land to its pre-protest condition.
"At approximately 10:45 am, law enforcement prepared to enter the Oceti camp using equipment to remove snow to create an entrance path into the northwest portion of the camp. Snow removal was completed by approximately 11:05 am, and officers entered the camp and encountered a group of approximately 50 protesters. Officers directed the protesters to disperse and move to the south and if they did so, they would not be arrested. Officers began to move forward and those protesters who did not disperse were arrested. Law enforcement officers continued to move through the camp and inspected each structure to ensure they were all empty. At 2:09 pm, law enforcement announced the Oceti camp was cleared and secured.As officers cleared the camp, construction equipment began to demolish wooden structures in the camp that had been inspected and confirmed as unoccupied. When the camp was cleared, approved contractors began to disassemble and remove structures and items that were determined to be ceremonial or of other cultural value. A tow company also began removing the abandoned vehicles from the camp. A total of 47 arrests were made of those who refused to leave Oceti camp. After the Oceti camp was cleared, BIA also entered and cleared the Rosebud camp. Traffic control measures are in place to prevent traffic into the area of the camps. Cleanup activities will continue to clear the USCOE property." (http://ndresponse.gov/dakota-access-pipeline/daily-activity/22317)
|2/23/2017||Most protesters moved from Oceti camp to Sacred Stone on the SRST reservation.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/audio-governor-doug-burgum-says-nodapl-protesters-moved-camps-left/||The BIA has been actively present there, and aggressive dealing with protesters. The tribe requested the BIA to be there, since the tribe has been asking the protesters to all leave since December.|
|2/25/2017||Eviction Day for Sacred Stone camp on the reservation.||A week earlier the Standing Rock tribe had BIA serve eviction notices to Sacred Stone camp. Park Rangers, the BIA, and other federal officers were asked to come help the tribe remove the protesters. Morton County was asked to assist by BIA. Law enforcement estimates 500-800 people in Sacred Stone camp, because people had been invited to come back by LaDonna and Chase Iron Eyes. Iron Eyes was seen in Bismarck at the indoor trampoline park instead of being out at the camps. LaDonna is in Iowa. The eviction notice says anyone helping or enabling protesters to trespass on tribal land at Sacred Stone (i.e. LaDonna and Chase) will be held in contempt.|
|2/25/2017||On the eve of Sacred Stone camp being cleared, LaDonna Allard and other key protesters are not even in North Dakota, but headed to Grinnell, Iowa to "set up" more protests.||Sacred Stone camp, LaDonna's camp, is comprised of Blackhoop, Seventh Generation, etc. The only other camp is a distance away (about 30 miles south), leased by Cheyenne River Tribe from SRST. The casino is pushing out all protesters. BIA has set up checkpoints not allowing building materials or more propane into the camp. BIA requested assistance from Morton County, ND Highway Patrol, and NDNG. If protesters leave today, there is a transition camp setup for those who want to leave, but it's on federal/tribal land.|
|2/27/2017||Us District Judge James Boasberg considers and rules on the request to halt the pipeline by the Cheyenne River And Standing Rock Sioux Tribes.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/US-District-Judge-denies-request-to-halt-remaining-construction-of-DAPL-413624133.html|
|2/27/2017||BIA issues trespass notice to Sacred Stone camp.||http://ndresponse.gov/dakota-access-pipeline/daily-activity/22817|
|3/1/2017||BIA says all protesters at Sacred Stone camp have left.||http://ndresponse.gov/dakota-access-pipeline/daily-activity/3-1-17||"BIA announced that all protesters have vacated the Sacred Stone Camp at approximately 2:50 pm and that contractors would begin clean up of the area. At approximately 2:00 pm, a group of approximately 10 protesters staged a demonstration in front of the Federal Courthouse located in downtown Bismarck."|
|3/1/2017||10 protesters protest at Federal Building in Bismarck at 2 pm.||http://ndresponse.gov/dakota-access-pipeline/daily-activity/3-1-17|
|3/3/2017||Oceti Sakowin protest camp site trash is finally all cleared.||http://www.keloland.com/news/article/news/cleanup-finished-at-pipeline-protest-camps||"The Army Corps of Engineers has finished cleaning up three Dakota Access pipeline protest camps that were on federal land in North Dakota.|
The Corps hired a contractor after the main camp and two others were cleared out and shut down late last month in advance of the spring flooding season. They'd operated since last spring and at times held thousands of pipeline opponents.
Corps Capt. Ryan Hignight says a total of 835 industrial-size trash bins were filled and removed in the operation that wrapped up late last week. That doesn't include materials such as lumber and propane tanks that were set aside for reuse or recycling.
The total cost of the operation hasn't been tallied yet, but the Corps has estimated that it could cost taxpayers more than $1.1 million"
|3/5/2017||Waste Win Young starts a petition to remove Standing Rock Tribal Officials||http://wearethemedia.tv/culture/native/2017/petition-removal-standing-rock-tribal-officials-works/||"The reason why is because they dishonored us and shamed us under the guise of protecting us--disrespecting thousands of allies-- especially the Očeti Šakowin who have a treaty right to be here. Also for the theft, misuse/ misappropriation of money and donations that were meant for water protectors. I will swear before a judge (and anyone) what was told to me in August 2016--about getting people to donate to the tribe instead of Sacred Stone.
I know this will bring me more enemies and create hard feelings but how do you think the grass roots people feel? The council allowed a foreign military, BIA, and the ND state patrol to step onto sovereign lands and systematically, physically remove homes and people. This action not only displaced hundreds of people (non-native, indigenous and tribal citizens) but directly caused economic hardship and inflicted great emotional duress & trauma. "
|3/6/2017||Rosebud Camp area cleanup completed.||http://ndresponse.gov/dakota-access-pipeline/daily-activity/3-6-17|
|3/6/2017||Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Fox says the tribes and state need to move past this protest.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/audio-tribal-leader-carlsons-casino-bill-ill-never-try-explain-exactly-hes-thinking-head/||"“We’ve got to get past it,” he said of the tension between tribal and non-tribal communities, adding that “many of the protesters” at the protest camps “were not tribal.” He said that prior to the protests North Dakota and the tribal communities had years of good relations, and he’d like to see a return to that."|
|3/7/2017||Judge Boasberg denies SRST and CRST injunction.||http://ndresponse.gov/dakota-access-pipeline/daily-activity/3-7-17||"Judge Boasberg in Federal District Court in Washington, DC issued a ruling which denied the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes’ request for an injunction under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to stop construction of the pipeline."|
|3/9/2017||Sacred Stone Camp site cleanup completed.||http://ndresponse.gov/dakota-access-pipeline/daily-activity/3-9-17|
|3/10/2017||Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe files an appeal to judge's ruling.||http://ndresponse.gov/dakota-access-pipeline/daily-activity/3-13-17||"The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe filed an appeal of Judge Boasberg’s denial of a preliminary injunction to stop construction of DAPL on grounds of violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Additionally, the Tribe filed a motion requesting that Judge Boasberg issue an injunction pending appeal to “prevent the flow of oil” through DAPL. (Appeal was filed on 3/10/17.) "|
|3/13/2017||Someone damages the Dakota Access pipeline in Iowa, using a blowtorch.||http://www.kcci.com/article/damage-to-dakota-access-pipeline-in-iowa-confirmed/9163184||"The Mahaska County Sheriff's Department confirms damage to a safety check valve along the Dakota Access pipeline. The sheriff said it looks like someone used a blow torch to damage the safety valve. The incident was reported March 13. The Mahaska County Sheriff has increased patrols around the pipeline. The investigation is still on-going. Jasper County officials haven't had any reported damage, but have also added extra patrols. Authorities have also confirmed an incident of vandalism against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in South Dakota. Pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners said in court documents Monday that there have been "coordinated physical attacks" along the $3.8 billion pipeline that will carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois, but company officials didn't provide further details. The South Dakota attorney general's office confirmed one incident of what it called "felony vandalism" southeast of Sioux Falls. Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy Chad Brown says someone burned a hole in the pipe at an above-ground valve site Friday. He says the site had no fencing or other security."|
|3/15/2017||Minnesota sheriffs send a letter to MN Gov. Dayton accusing him of playing politics with EMAC by not allowing them to assist ND law enforcement.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/read-minnesota-sheriffs-rip-governor-mark-dayton-letter-playing-politics-nodapl-protests/||"according to the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association, a major obstacle to North Dakota receiving assistance from that state was Democratic Governor Mark Dayton. James Franklin, executive director of the association, told Dayton in a letter that the state’s sheriff’s departments are “extremely disappointed” in his decision to keep North Dakota’s request for assistance from them. [...] Franklin goes on to point out that the EMAC process is supposed to be non-political. But Dayton made it political. That has serious consequences for the ability of states to help one another in emergent situations going forward. Franklin goes so far as to suggest that the EMAC process itself may need to be reformed to remove politicians like Dayton from it."|
|3/21/2017||Oil expected to be flowing through the pipeline.||http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/news/4234249-dakota-access-pipeline-should-be-complete-next-week-company-says||"Dakota Access, a subsidiary of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, said the company anticipates crews will install the pipe under Lake Oahe this week and begin final testing, according to a status update filed in federal court.
The company projects that oil may be introduced into the portion of the pipeline near Cannon Ball between Monday, March 20, and Wednesday, March 22, depending on the success of the testing, documents show."
|3/21/2017||South Dakota deputies find a hole purposefully burned into the Dakota Access pipeline.||http://www.kdlt.com/2017/03/21/deputies-found-hole-oil-pipeline/||"The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office got the call Friday afternoon, a report of vandalism on part of the pipeline valve just northeast of Canton on 279th St. “They observed a small burnt hole in the pipeline,” says Chief Deputy Chad Brown. “At that time there was no oil or spilling coming out or anything like that.” Chief Deputy Brown says the hole is just below one of the curved parts of the pipeline, and it’s only about the size of a dime. But according to the Dakota Access Pipeline website, the pipe is 30 in. thick. So the small hole will cost big money. “The damage estimate is between $30,000 and $60,000,” says Chief Deputy Brown. It was a contract worker who first noticed the vandalism. “They periodically inspect the valve sights,” explains Chief Deputy Brown. Crews from both Michels Corporation and AE2S Construction were out at the valve sight today."|
|3/21/2017||Highway 1806 to fully open to traffic.||http://ndresponse.gov/dakota-access-pipeline/press-releases/highway-1806-south-mandan-completely-reopened-noon-today||"The Morton County Sheriff’s Department and the North Dakota Highway Patrol have announced the complete reopening of North Dakota Highway 1806 from Fort Rice to Cannonball Bridge effective at noon today. As part of the final phase of the multi-phased approach to opening the highway all pilot cars and portable traffic barriers will be removed to allow regular traffic flow in the area. Motorists are also reminded to use caution and obey all traffic regulations that are posted in this area of Highway 1806. The North Dakota Highway Patrol and the Morton County Sheriff’s Department will continue its increase patrols in the area."|
|3/27/2017||Energy Transfer Partners state in a court filing that oil is in the pipeline beneath the Missouri River||http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/dakota-pipeline-protests/dakota-access-pipeline-now-has-oil-beneath-missouri-river-company-n739296|
|4/9/2017||The body of protester Damjan Nedelkovski, 35, of Glendale, California was found by a local fisherman around 11:30am on April 9 in the Cannonball River.||https://www.facebook.com/MortonCountySD/photos/a.162536147432065.1073741828.140989796253367/434512316901112/?type=3&permPage=1||"The Morton County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 9-1-1 call of a body floating near the shoreline of the mouth of the Cannonball River yesterday. Authorities transported the deceased male to the ND Medical Examiner’s office in Bismarck where an autopsy was conducted this morning. Damjan Nedelkovski, 35, of Glendale, California was found by a local fisherman around 11:30am on April 9. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department found a Republic of Macedonia identification card on his person, and family within the United States and Eastern Europe have been contacted. The autopsy showed there was no trauma to the body to suspect any foul play. The cause of death is still pending, and authorities are unsure how long the body was in the river. Family and friends report that their last contact with Nedelkovski was on October 29, 2016. His stepbrother filed a missing person report with the Glendale Police Department on November 16, 2016. Nedelkovski was known to be at the DAPL protest camps."|
|5/1/2017||Sen. Hoeven says ND will get $15 million in federal funds to help pay for the protest response.||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/senator-hoeven-north-dakota-will-get-15-million-federal-funds-pay-nodapl-protest-response/||"“As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I’ve worked to secure funding in the Department of Justice budget that states and localities can apply for to defer costs for emergency law enforcement situations, including the Dakota Access Pipeline protests,” Hoeven says in the release. “This should enable North Dakota to get up to $15 million from the Fiscal Year 2017 budget to help defer the costs associated with that law enforcement effort.”"|
|5/5/2017||Trespassing cases against protesters are dismissed.||http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/more-dapl-cases-dismissed/article_cc34497b-057a-5fe6-9b30-c654071fbfc6.html||"“The dismissal does reflect that there was no factual or legal basis to charge him in the first place, regardless of whether he was a journalist," said Nester, adding he reviewed hours of video and hundreds of photographs from both police and protesters from that day that don't support the claim that a riot occurred. He also said there wasn't any proof that the property was posted against trespassing. [...] Morton County Assistant State's Attorney Brian Grosinger made motions to dismiss the six protesters' cases. The cases were scheduled to go to trial this week. Grosinger did not respond to two phone calls and two email requests for comment. Last month, Grosinger did say he would recharge some of the cases that were dismissed. In at least two instances, the defendants have been recharged with physical obstruction of a government function.|
|6/14/2017||Judge Boasberg agrees with SRST claim the USACE did not fully comply with NEPA||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Standing-Rock-scores-partial-legal-victory-in-suit-against-Dakota-Access-428519803.html||"A federal judge has ruled the Army Corps of Engineers did not adequately consider the impacts of a spill from the Dakota Access Pipeline into the Missouri River.
Judge James Boasberg of the D.C. District Court said the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's claim the Corps' failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act is true to some degree.
"Although the Corps substantially complied with NEPA in many areas, the Court agrees that it did not adequately consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice, or the degree to which the pipeline’s effects are likely to be highly controversial," said Boasberg in his ruling.
Boasberg ordered the Corps to reconsider those sections of its environmental analysis.
He did not, however, order Dakota Access to stop pumping oil. He said that question will be subject of further briefing."
|6/25/2017||ND applies for federal grant to help cover protest costs.||http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/opinion/columns/4305917-port-dakota-access-pipeline-company-should-never-ever-pay-protest-costs||"The State of North Dakota incurred roughly $38 million worth of expenses as a result of the #NoDAPL protests, and state officials are still trying to figure out how to pay for it.
The latest news is that the state applied for $13.8 million in funding from the Justice Department's Emergency Federal Law Enforcement Assistance Program in late June.
Prior to that, Gov. Doug Burgum requested that President Donald Trump, whose executive actions cleared away Obama-era obstruction of the pipeline's completion, issue a disaster declaration so that the state could receive federal aid.
The President declined, and even if every penny of the Justice Department request is met, the state will still be on the hook for over $24 million in expenses at a time when tax revenues are slim."
|8/9/2017||Jill Stein pleads guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief.||http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/09/latest-jill-stein-pleads-guilty-in-pipeline-protest.html||"Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief in North Dakota for protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline last year.
Judge Gail Hagerty on Wednesday accepted Stein's guilty plea. The judge dismissed a misdemeanor criminal trespass charge as part of Stein's deal with prosecutors.
Stein will be on unsupervised probation for about six months and must pay $250 in fees. She had faced a maximum punishment of two months in jail and $3,000 in fines.
Attorneys and Stein didn't respond to requests for comment.
Stein told The Associated Press in March that it was "very problematic to have this hanging over my head" and that she wanted the case resolved."
|8/14/2017||PSC offers settlement to ETP over reporting issue during construction.||http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Dakota-Access-Pipeline-Settlement-440419413.html||"State regulators have offered to settle legal proceedings against the builder of the Dakota Access Pipeline for not properly reporting the discovery of Native American artifacts during construction.
The Public Service Commission proposed fining Energy Transfer Partners $15,000, although it had the authority to charge up to $200,000.
The PSC has offered a settlement whereby Energy Transfer Partners would make a $15,000 contribution to the State Historic Preservation Office or some other agency, without admitting fault.
The company has 10 days to accept the offer."
|8/15/2017||ND gets $10 million federal grant to help cover protest costs||https://www.sayanythingblog.com/entry/north-dakota-gets-10-million-grant-feds-help-pay-nodapl-protest-costs/||"Senator John Hoeven’s office announced that the state will be getting most of their request – $10 million specifically – though that leaves roughly $28 million not paid for."|