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Native American Pipeline Resistance at Standing Rock Resonates Around the Globe

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The protest at Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, US has mobilized hundreds of Native American tribes as well as solidarity across the world. The protests are against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a multi-billion dollar project that would transport almost half a million barrels of oil per day across the northern US. The pipeline could contaminate the Missouri River, a key water source for the region. It would also cross through a prominent Sioux burial site.

Although the US government stated last week that it would not grant the easement–the right to cross or use someone’s land–under Lake Oahe for the Dakota Access Pipeline construction, the struggle is not over. The announcement cited that further examination was needed, and that an Environmental Impact Statement will be initiated. Demonstrators have said they plan to remain in the camps surrounding the northern edge of the reservation.

Parallel Narratives of Standing Rock: North Camp

Hu Sakpe, a French national was raised in the American Indian Movement in the 1970s. He discussed the use of equipment used by law enforcement in a previous encounter between the water protectors and the authorities. The encounter took over the course of a day and a night to push them out of the encampent referred to as “North Camp”, in late Oct. sighted as the 27. or 28. by Sakpe.

Hu Sakpe states,“We were confronted with a full frontal military force.”

The encampment no longer exists after the confrontation. According to Sakpe the assault started at about 9:00 AM. Law enforcement arrived with two BEARCATs (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck). After that, rows of armed figures marched in. 80 water protectors linked arms around the camp, which was located near the highway. Law enforcement boxed the protector’s camp to enclose them. Law enforcement swung at the knees of water protectors with truncheons according to Sakpe. Sakpe described the use of a sonic cannon, rubber bullets, clubs, and large canisters of mace being wielded by law enforcement.

EXCLUSIVE: Training ‘preferable, but not required’ for out of state cops in Standing Rock

While the professionalism, training, and tactics of Morton County is being openly questioned after bystanders are shot with rubber bullets, tear gas canisters are lobbed with their spoons taped down, and water cannons are used in freezing temperatures, a team of journalism students on assignment in Standing Rock uncovers willingness on the part of the Morton County to field untrained officers.

The debut report from TFC’s newest team.

Standing Rock Protectors Threatened With Blockade Of Food And Medicine

Tensions flare once more as North Dakota officials graduate their militarized tactics against protesters. Sheriffs have now threatened a blockade of people, food, and medicine to the camps.

The threats comes on the heels of the US Army Corps of Engineers warning protesters to leave by December 5th. Anyone remaining stay under fear of prosecution for trespassing. Fines have also thrown into the basket of incentives for the water protectors to surrender.

Establishing a blockade represents yet another ultra-militarized tactic used against peaceful American citizens. Denying nourishment and medical treatment is a classic strategy to degrade will and resolve. Combined with harsh weather conditions, water protectors are faced with a tormentingly deadly roulette.

Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Put Right to Water at Center Stage

Since August, over 400 people have been arrested protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline –140 in the last week alone. This after the tribe sued the federal government in July, stating that they were not properly consulted about the construction project.

One underlying reason for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s opposition to the construction of the oil pipeline is the tribe’s concern about safe drinking water. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe lawsuit argues that the US government failed to properly consider the potential risks of the pipeline construction to the source of the Tribe’s drinking water.

Courts have twice denied the tribe’s request to stop the pipeline construction for now, agreeing with the government’s position that the Tribe was not sufficiently able to show that they were likely to win their lawsuit.

ND Governor Activates National Guard, Precedes Federal Ruling

On September 8, 2016, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple called up the National Guard to the areas around the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protest/protection site “to support law enforcement, and augment public safety efforts.” This move was alluded to as a matter of not if, but when, from his Executive Order 2016-04 executed on August 16th.

Cody Hall, the media spokesperson for Red Warrior Camp, stated in a live streamed video to Facebook that the activation of the National Guard is “putting our lives in jeopardy” for expressing their rights, both Constitutional and civil. The North Dakota Governor’s announcement has come after video was taken showing the contracted security of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) had pepper sprayed, as well as what appears to be personnel coaxing their dogs to bite protesters/protectors.

Standing Rock Sioux File Temporary Restraining Order to Protect Sacred and Culturally Significant Sites

Late Friday, Earthjustice, on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, filed a motion for temporary restraining order (TRO) against Energy Transfer Partners, to block the company from continuing to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline.

According to the filing, the proposed path of the pipeline would cut through and destroy sacred and culturally significant land. Furthermore, this information could be crucial to forcing the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw their approval of the permits for the pipeline and conduct a comprehensive environmental review of its path.

Hundreds Demand Halt to Dakota Pipeline at Washington Protest

No decision was made on Wednesday as to whether there will be an injunction on the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, as hundreds gathered in protest outside a Washington DC courtroom and in North Dakota.

As the injunction hearing took place, protesters, including actresses Shailene Woodley and Susan Sarandon, rallied outside the US District Court in Washington DC. Simultaneously in North Dakota, hundreds more marched across the 2,370-foot-long Veterans Memorial Bridge in Bismarck.