N. Dakota Highway 1806 indefinitely closed after #NoDAPL Native Americans reclaimed land under Indigenous Eminent Domain after constant illegal acts and abuse by local law enforcement and illegal warrants against people.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
October 24, 2016
Mandan, N. Dakota – On Monday, N. Dakota State Patrol Captain Bryan Niewind confirmed, Hwy 1806 to Bismarck where Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) pipeline will cross is open, but controlled by #NoDAPL protesters (water protectors/Native Americans) under Indigenous Eminent Domain. People are being adviced to seek other alternative routes.
Capt. Niewind reported that the N. Dakota Highway Patrol and the N. Dakota Department of Transportation have closed Highway 1806 from the Sacred Stone Camp at Fort Roce Road indefinitely and an additional detour from the intersection of Hwy 1806 and 138A, on the Northside of Hwy 1806 at the junction of Highway 24.
Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier also confirmed, that law enforcement officers from MN, S.D., IN, WI, WY & NE are/will assist at #NoDAPL protest sites. The Sacred Stone Camp released the following statement, On Sunday “… at approximately 8am central, water protectors took back unceded territory affirmed in the 1851 Treaty of Ft. Laramie as sovereign land under the control of the Oceti Sakowin, erecting a frontline camp of several structures and tipis on Dakota Access property, just east of ND state highway 1806. This new established camp is 2.5 miles north of the Cannon Ball River, directly on the proposed path of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). This site is directly across the road from where DAPL security dogs attacked water protectors on September 3rd.”
The Morton County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) reported that 126 #NoDAPL protesters were arrested on Saturday and one on Sunday and since August 10, a total of 269 protesters have been arrested and charged with various crimes including misdemeanor criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct, assaulting an officer, spitting at an officer, stalking DAPL security, engaging in a riot and in addition, felony counts for rioting and endangerment for locking themselves to DAPL equipment.
Capt. Niewind did admit that several Native American indigenous media drones were shot at by ground assisting officers with non-lethal weapons and a shot gun after one drone was reported near a helicopter with a pilot and a MCSO deputy who “feared for their life” at the time. Several officers have been reported injured as well as protesters during Saturday’s arrest actions by MCSO deputies and assisting officers.
In contrary, the Native American indigenous media says, the officers shot at the drones to prevent news coverage of police illegal action against #NoDAPL protesters. Social media videos posted by water protectors show assisting officers engaging in aggressive action and macing Native Americans while peacefully conducting prayer ceremonies near DAPL sites.
Journalists have been also targeted for arrest by MCSO deputies including assisting police and charged with criminal trespassing or rioting for covering and reporting live streaming news events at #NoDAPL protests.
At another #NoDAPL frontline in Iowa, Mississippi Stand reporting that Katherine Hanson was taken into custody by police at the entrance of a DAPL boring toxic sludge dumping operation at 2831 U.S. Hwy 61 in Montrose, Iowa. Police are now allowing for water protectors to remain at block entrance which is public, according to Kevin Gilbertt from Mississippi Stand.
The Mississippi Stand action in this area has stopped the DAPL boring operation for longer than expected.
DAPL has been dumping toxic sludge in the nearby river.