‘It’s Not A Movie…’

PHOTO: Morton County Sheriff’s Department

PHOTO: Morton County Sheriff’s Department

Political protesters like to think that they’re starring in an action movie, with a script that guarantees them both safety and victory over ‘the forces of evil’. Sometimes, however, real life intrudes, After aggressively provoking authorities for weeks, burning vehicles and throwing rocks and bottles at police…:

“A New York woman seriously hurt protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline faces multiple surgeries and could lose an arm, her father said Tuesday…

“The sheriff’s office suggested in a statement Monday that an explosion heard during the skirmish might have been caused by small propane tanks that authorities said protesters had rigged to explode.

“The ‘North Dakota Highway Patrol’ in a statement Tuesday backed up the sheriff’s office’s version of events, saying officers during the skirmish spotted protesters with

“multiple silver cylinder objects.”

“It was at this time an explosion occurred and several protesters ran to the area, pulled a female from under the burned vehicle, and fled the scene”, the patrol said.

PHOTO: Morton County Sheriff’s Department

PHOTO: Morton County Sheriff’s Department

“Officers who investigated found 1-pound propane tanks “including one that appeared to be intentionally punctured”, the agency statement said.

During the clash, officers used tear gas, rubber bullets and water sprays against protesters who they say assaulted officers with rocks, asphalt, water bottles and burning logs. One officer was injured when struck in the head with a rock. At least 17 protesters were injured severely enough to be taken to hospitals, according to Dallas Goldtooth, a protest organizer with the ‘Indigenous’ Environmental Network’.

“The ‘Morton County Sheriff’s Office’ maintains authorities did not use concussion grenades or any devices that produce a flash or bang during a clash late Sunday and early Monday near the camp along the pipeline route in southern North Dakota where protesters have gathered for months.

PHOTO: Morton County Sheriff’s Department

PHOTO: Morton County Sheriff’s Department

“Sophia Wilansky, 21, was listed in serious condition and was undergoing surgery at a Minneapolis hospital. Wilansky’s father, Wayne Wilansky, said his daughter was hurt when law enforcement threw a grenade.

“…Wayne Wilansky disputed the claim by authorities, saying

“there’s multiple witnesses and my daughter, who was completely conscious, said they threw a grenade right at her.”

“Wayne Wilansky denounced the law enforcement tactics, saying

“this is not Afghanistan, this is not Iraq. We don’t throw grenades at people.”

“Morton County Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Maxine Herr on Tuesday said

“authorities continue to defend our tactics.”

“Protests have intensified as the dispute plays out, with total arrests since August reaching 528 on Monday.

“North Dakota officials may need to borrow more money to police protests, with costs exceeding the $10 million in emergency spending authorized by the state.

Total state law enforcement costs related to the protests reached $10.9 million last week, according to state Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong. Morton County has spent an additional $8 million…”

–‘Father of injured pipeline protester says she may lose arm’,


PHOTO: Mike McCleary, Bismarck Tribune / Associated Press

PHOTO: Mike McCleary, Bismarck Tribune / Associated Press

Debunking the Protest Lies:


PHOTO: James Macpherson, Associated Press

PHOTO: James Macpherson, Associated Press

“I must state up front … I am a strong proponent of Native American rights. Too often throughout history America’s early inhabitants have been treated grossly unfairly … and worse.

“My initial reaction to hearing about the Standing Rock/Dakota Access Pipeline protest was to support them. But then, as I always try to do I started researching — trying to verify the truth — separate fact from fiction. And as I researched, I become more and more disappointed by what I learned…”

“In a review of the North Dakota filings — directly relevant to the tribes complaints — we can see a picture of detailed review, extensive input and engagement with various affected parties, and detailed historical, cultural, flora and fauna and other reviews. We can see information on the MANY changes made to the route to accommodate concerns raised in input obtained from those willing to give it…”

“…17 different route adjustments made in response to input received during the input process.”

“We can see the permits allowing the Dakota Access Pipeline to use the existing Right of Ways for prior built Southwest Pipeline locations – that show the Dakota Pipeline is making every effort to build on land that had been subject to construction in the past – to minimize impact on undisturbed ground.”

“A very important entry provides information on the procedure put in place during the approval process to address reports of significant cultural, historic, or burial sites and/or artifacts. We learn that a panel is convened immediately upon any such report – composed of members from the North Dakota Intertribal Reinterment Committee (NDIRC) – including members from the Sisseton Wahpeton and the Standing Rock tribes, along with members from the State Historical Society of North Dakota (SHSND) and the Morton County Sheriffs Department.

“We can see that this process was utilized and does work, contrary to the tribes assertions. When a claim was received on Friday afternoon, August 12, 2016 from the Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement and other parties that possible human remains had been reported, construction was stopped, and the panel members immediately travelled to the site.

“Based on an on-site inspection – the members of the panel found the the area revealed no evidence of human remains, a burial, or other cultural remains. The panel reported their findings by early Friday evening prior – just hours after the claim was originally received.

“The process clearly worked. The Standing Rock tribe is a member of the panel, yet they continue to claim reports of cultural, historic and potential burial sites are not investigated.”

“The federal Court Judge investigated this information and much more in reviewing the tribes claims in support of an injunction stopping construction. And … U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, after an extensive review, denied an attempt by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe to halt construction of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline that passes near its reservation in North Dakota.

“Judge Boasberg first stated his sympathetic position toward the tribe:

“This Court does not lightly countenance any depredation of lands that hold significance to the Standing Rock Sioux. Aware of the indignities visited upon the Tribe over the last centuries, the Court scrutinizes the permitting process here with particular care. Having done so, the Court must nonetheless conclude that the Tribe has not demonstrated that an injunction is warranted here.”

“Key points of the Judge’s 58 page Order and decision:
THE DECISION — The tribe argued that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers[Corps] had a duty under the National Historic Preservation Act to consult with the tribe before issuing a permit for the pipeline, but the judge wrote that the corps complied with the law. Contrary to the tribe’s assertions that it was left out of the process, the Judge said, the corps has documented dozens of its attempts to engage with Standing Rock officials in consultations to identify historical resources at Lake Oahe and other places covered by the permit. The corps was not required to consider the effects along the entire pipeline route because the corps has jurisdiction only where the route crosses water, he noted.

Pipeline officials and the Corps gave Standing Rock tribal officials numerous chances to provide input in 2014, but tribal officials failed to participate in those opportunities, the judge wrote. Relations between the tribe and corps didn’t improve in 2015, when tribal officials canceled several meetings, according to the ruling.

“Suffice it to say that the Tribe largely REFUSED to engage in consultations, he wrote. “It chose instead to hold out for more …”

“Ninety-nine percent of the route for the Dakota Access pipeline crosses private land, and 48% of it has already been completed, the ruling noted. The ruling said Dakota Access hired professional archaeologists to survey the entire route through the Dakotas and much of Iowa and Illinois for cultural resources. When the surveys revealed previously unidentified resources, the company changed the route on its own 140 times in North Dakota alone to avoid them, the judge said, and the Corps ordered the company to change the route where it crossed the James River to avoid burial sites there.”


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