The law enforcement officers (mostly white) from five states including the N. Dakota State Patrol, National Guard and the Morton County Sheriff’s Office after last Thursday’s eviction of Native Americans and allies from a makeshift northern camp along Hwy 1806 in an act of disrespect, authorities deliberately destroyed and trashed water protectors sacred belongings under DAPL’s security supervision.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
November 2, 2016
Cannon Ball, N. Dakota – On Wednesday, the Morton County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) authorized the release of all items, articles, tents and sacred belongings of Native Americans and allies that were confiscated from the north makeshift camp at Highway 1806 in the path of the Dakota Access Pipeline. At least four roll-off garbage containers were used to dump the belongings confiscated by authorities on October 27 to the northern camp of Oceti Sakowin Camp, the Indigenous Life Movement reported.
Some sacred and religious articles were among what Native Americans are describing as destroyed by authorities with disregard and disrespect to indigenous religious beliefs. The MCSO instead of setting the items aside to clear the path of the DAPL pipeline, they trashed all the water protectors items including sacred belongings fueling criticism how they handle the eviction from tribal land of the #NoDAPL protesters.
The MCSO police assault on Native Americans and allies last week has generated more than several million Americans to support and Stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against DAPL. Protests against DAPL around the U.S. is taking place, especially at banks who have loan money to DAPL.
Hillary Clinton (D) who is running for president has yet to condemn the MCSO police assault and eviction of water protectors from tribal land under the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie near Cannon Ball. Donald Trump (R) who is running for president as well has invested $1M on DAPL/ETP (ETP-Energy Transfer Partners) and in return received $103K in donations by the pipeline CEO to elect him and donated more than $66K to the RNC, the Guardian reported.
The DAPL pipeline has illegally reached the Missouri River, despite three mile restrictions set by the Obama administration and the lack of an easement permit by the Army Corps of Engineers.
The land known as the Cannon Ball Ranch was sold to DAPL by David and Brenda Meyer, but the N. Dakota State Attorney under a state law says, DAPL might not be entitled to the land because the land can only be used for a business development or family farming and not a crude oil pipeline. DAPL had until October 27 to explain the purpose of the land purchase and use, but has not responded, according to N.D. state sources.
Obama in an interview yesterday told the host that he will let the DAPL pipeline play out for the next couple of weeks and didn’t seem to know that the pipeline construction has reached the Missouri River/Oahe Lake and DAPL is in the process to begin drilling under the river for the pipeline to cross to the other side without an easement permit.
Last week, 141 water protectors were arrested, kept in what Native Americans described as dog kennels while being processed at the MCSO jail. An estimated 301 water protectors have been arrested since last August and many have been frivolously charged with rioting.
So far, 750 oil spills have occurred in N. Dakota, since 2012 including 300 within a two year period and only one has been reported to the public, the AP reported. It took 11 days for state officials and oil companies involved in the oil spills to release the information to AP.
Video: Native American sacred belongings trashed by the Morton County Sheriff’s Office http://goo.gl/Pi93mW
In Brief: The Morton County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday that, 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.
Indigenous Rising Media is reporting that, there are two confrontation zones happening. One on hwy 1806 at the backwater bridge and the second at a stream crossing to the NE of Oceti Sakowin camp.
No one is raiding the camp.
No live ammo has been used, but rubber bullets have and mace is being used extensively. Video of one incident: http://goo.gl/zRCjmI and http://goo.gl/CR6Dsa
Morton County Sheriff’s deputies and assisting officers mace and fire rubber bullets at water protectors on the Cannon Ball River http://goo.gl/kP2pZY