The Dakota Access pipeline and subsequent protests have gained more and more attention as the weeks have passed. With celebrities and activists alike converging on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, the No DAPL protests show very little signs of slowing.
As CBS News Reports:
Morton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Donnell Preskey said four private security guards and two guard dogs were injured after several hundred protesters confronted construction crews Saturday afternoon at the DakotaAccess pipeline construction site just outside the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. One of the security officers was taken to a Bismarck hospital for undisclosed injuries. The two guard dogs were taken to a Bismarck veterinary clinic, Preskey said.
Tribe spokesman Steve Sitting Bear said protesters reported that six people had been bitten by security dogs, including a young child. At least 30 people were pepper-sprayed, he said. Preskey said law enforcement authorities had no reports of protesters being injured.
There were no law enforcement personnel at the site when the incident occurred, Preskey said. The crowd dispersed when officers arrived and no one was arrested, she said.
Vicki Granado, a spokeswoman for Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, which is developing the pipeline, said the protesters broke through a fence and “attacked” the workers.
Spokesmen for the DAPL claim that protesters provoked the incident. That protesters stormed a fence separating them from the workers. Protesters, on the other hand, claim that the attack was unprovoked, and that dogs were let loose on them by Dakota Access security personal. All of this comes after DAPL workers took a “detour” and destroyed a Native heritage site a 1/2 mile from the actual construction sight.
CBS continues with:
The Standing Rock Sioux have gone to court to challenge the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to grant permits for the project, and a federal judge will rule before Sept. 9 on whether construction can be halted.
The tribe fears the pipeline will disturb sacred sites and impact drinking water for thousands of tribal members on the reservation and millions farther downstream.
The protest Saturday came one day after the tribe filed court papers saying it found several sites of “significant cultural and historic value” along the pipeline’s path.
Tribal preservation officer Tim Mentz said in court documents that the tribe was only recently allowed to survey private land, where researchers found burials, rock piles called cairns and other sites of historic significance to Native Americans.
Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II said in a statement that construction crews removed topsoil across an area about 150 feet wide stretching for 2 miles.
“This demolition is devastating,” Archambault said. “These grounds are the resting places of our ancestors. The ancient cairns and stone prayer rings there cannot be replaced. In one day, our sacred land has been turned into hollow ground.”Cops REFUSE To Charge Dakota Access Mercenaries Who Used Attack Dogs on Peaceful Protesters
Meanwhile, police have just confirmed that they are refusing to arrest or charge the DAPL mercenaries who used attack dogs to illegally and brutally attack peaceful Native American protesters!
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(Article by Jaimes Campbell)