Dakota Access Pipeline denies Thompson works for them or any contractor associated with them.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
October 30, 2016
Mandan, N. Dakota – On Saturday, Kyle Thompson, a DAPL security guard that was taken into custody by the Bureau of IndIan Affairs (BIA) near the Oceti Sakowin Camp in N. Dakota went on Facebook (FB) to explain his arrest, but confirmed that he has been released from custody and the FBI is investigating the incident. Thompson in his FB post says, that he was armed to protect DAPL employees and was taking photos of equipment. No camera was found or located in the truck leased by DAPL before it caught on fire.
Also, Vikie Granado, the spokesperson for DAPL says that Thompson does not work for DAPL and does not work for a contractor for the company, Standing Rock Uprising reported on FB. Native Americans who confronted Thompson near the Oceti Sakowin Camp found a DAPL security guard ID with Thompson’s photo.
Dave Archambault, Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on Saturday said during a press conference, that he believes Thompson had infiltrated a camp and was spying for DAPL. Other water protectors on FB alleged that Thompson who is a Native American (Lakota) himself and an Iraq Veteran named “War Eagle” by his family was hired as an agitator to spark trouble and blame the peaceful water protectors.
Members of Thompson’s family attempted to defend his actions on FB, but little success. Thompson removed his FB comments, but FB users made copies and reposted them on the FB comment thread.
Harold Frazier, Chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe says, an attorney for the tribe will file a request on Monday with Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) for information concerning Thompson’s arrest and any pending federal charges related to the incident.
If Thompson wasn’t employed by any contractor for DAPL, according to Granado, how did Thompson end up with a DAPL ID. Thompson claims he was working as a security guard for DAPL when he was taken into custody, according to his FB post. DAPL hasn’t confirmed that security contractors are allowed to carry assault rifles at #NoDAPL protest sites.
Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier in a press conference stated that Thompson had been shot in the hand, but later retracted his information when Facebook photos of Thompson’s arrest by the BIA went viral.
Trump invested in the DAPL pipeline construction for profit resulting in the eviction of Native Americans from their land, N. Dakota tribal leaders claim.
300 oil spills in N. Dakota within 2 years from 750 documented by state since 2012, the public was never notified, except for 1 when a oil transport trailer got into an accident with vehicle and spilled oil, the AP reported. It took AP 11 days to get information from both reluctant state officials and oil companies involved.