‘Not With A Bang, But A Whimper’

“On Thursday morning {Feb. 23, 2017}, law enforcement entered the ‘Oceti Sakowin’ camp to do a final sweep before officially shutting it down, ending a months-long protest against the completion of the nearby ‘Dakota Access Pipeline’. 

“The Oceti Sakowin camp was the largest of several temporary camps on the northern edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Protesters have been living on this land for months…

“The ‘North Dakota Joint Information Center’ reports that 46 people were arrested today. Others left the camp voluntarily throughout the day, according to a news release from the center…

“Lt. Tom Iverson of the ‘North Dakota Highway Patrol’ said that 200 police officers were on site, with officers from various North Dakota agencies, and others from as far as Alabama, Wisconsin, and Indiana. A line of officers, prepped with riot gear and supported by about a dozen Humvees, made their way slowly through the camp as the day wore on, checking every standing shelter and arresting the people who remained.

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(PHOTO: Angus Mordant for NPR)

“Citing flooding and safety concerns, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum had set Wednesday as the evacuation deadline for the camp, but after ten arrests and lengthy negotiations with protesters, police suspended the operation until this morning.

“As part of the effort to encourage people to leave, the state sent a bus to the site to transport people to Bismarck, where officials had set up a transition center, and offered hotel and bus vouchers. The governor explained that those who left willingly would not face charges. However, after only nine people used the center on Wednesday, it was closed today due to lack of use, according to state ‘Emergency Services’ spokeswoman Cecily Fong.

“The ‘Morton County Sheriff’s department tweeted that camp was completely cleared by 2:09 p.m. local time, though afterward approximately 100 people stood on the opposite bank of the Cannonball River, singing and praying as police set up barricades to block off the site that had been the Oceti camp.”

–‘The Final Hours Of A Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp’,
Ariel Zambelich & Angus Mordant, NPR, February 23, 2017 
Feature PHOTO: Angus Mordant for NPR

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/23/516920484/photos-the-final-hours-of-a-dakota-access-pipeline-protest-camp

(PHOTO: Angus Mordant for NPR)
(PHOTO: Angus Mordant for NPR)

“The main Standing Rock protest camp near the ‘Dakota Access Pipeline’ was cleared Thursday, a day after a deadline to leave the area expired, authorities said…

“‘Oceti Sakowin’ was the main camp closest to where the pipeline will go underneath the Missouri River. At the peak of protests, the camp’s population climbed to as many as 10,000 people…

“The Standing Rock Sioux tribe has also repeatedly asked protesters to leave for safety and environmental reasons…

(PHOTO: Angus Mordant for NPR)
(PHOTO: Angus Mordant for NPR)

“At one point on Wednesday, a handful of tents were set ablaze. Tribe member Kaooplus Enimkla Thunder and Lightning said some of the tents were frozen into the ground and had to be burned to be removed. Other tribe members said the fires are part of a tribal tradition.

“A 17-year-old girl was flown to a Minneapolis medical center with severe burns to her hands and face, authorities said. Her 10-year-old brother suffered minor burns. He was expected to be released from a Bismark hospital on Thursday. Authorities are investigating…

“North Dakota Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Tom Iverson said authorities had given a group of protesters who agreed to be arrested an additional two hours to leave on Wednesday, but that group never materialized.

“He said law enforcement were then confronted by “agitators” who approached the law enforcement line, “provoking them”. Iverson said authorities were patient and gave people multiple warnings to back up and leave the roadway outside the camp entrance. Some people backed off, he said…”

–‘Dakota Access Pipeline protest site is cleared’,
Mayra Cuevas, Sara Sidner and Darran Simon, CNN, February 23, 2017

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/22/us/dakota-access-pipeline-evacuation-order/

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See also:
No Treaty Leg To Stand On’ (Standing Rock) {December 4, 2016}:
https://endracebasedlaw.wordpress.com/2016/12/04/no-treaty-leg-to-stand-on/

Pipeline Phobia’ (Standing Rock) {November 23, 2016}:
https://endracebasedlaw.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/pipeline-phobia/
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