The front line on Sunday evening at Standing Rock. Photos by Lee Sprague
Published November 21, 2016
CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA – While many in America were at Sunday evening services praying across the United States, about 400 American Indians and allies were praying to stop the Dakota Access pipeline on a bridge on Highway 1806 near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Americans sitting in cozy churches came and went without incident. Unfortunately, those praying at near Standing Rock did not.
Heavily militarized law enforcement attacked the water protectors with rubber bullets, tear gas and a high-pressurized water cannon in frigid temperatures.
Dozens suffered wounds from the tear gas and rubber tubes. Reportedly two are in critical condition as of Monday morning. Indigenous Rising Media reports: 167 Water Protectors have been injured. Three of those people are elders. Seven people have been hospitalized for severe head injuries. The police are targeted the heads and legs of Water Protectors.
Barbed-wire fences coated with frozen water.
“I can confirm head wounds from rubber bullets. I saw ambulance evacuate someone from medical center at Oceti Sakowin, Standing Rock. On of our Pueblo Brothers allied with Michigan Canoe cold water rescue team was hit in face by rubber bullet, after he was gassed badly. I carried him from front line, hurt. He’s 19 years old. I’m looking for him now. He could be one who was evacuated,” says Lee Sprague, the former ogema (tribal chairman) of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, based in Manistee, Michigan.
Even though a water cannon was captured on Facebook feeds and frozen water was on barbed wire fences, the sheriff of Morton County denies one was used in the fierce attack against water protectors.
This is America – North Dakota style.