Published November 6, 2016
CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA—As thousands poured onto the Standing Rock Indian Reservation to pledge their support with the Tribe’s fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline, construction near the Missouri River has been halted due to claims that the company is on Federal land. The Dakota Access Pipeline has continued construction under the fallacy that they were operating on land previously purchased by the company. Through investigative journalism and drone video footage, documentation of pipeline misconduct has been shared and witnessed by people from all over the world and has influenced the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct an official review of pipeline construction.
“Since this company has arrived on our land, it has blatantly disregarded the law and our people,” expressed Oceti Sakowin Camp Coordinator Phyllis Young. “With recent announcements that the company must stop constructing near the Missouri River, it is another sign that only have we been right this entire time, but how they continue to disregard anything in their path.”
Average temperatures continued through the weekend and camps continued to receive supporters from various parts of the world. Youth runners who started in Flagstaff, Arizona representing the Hopi, Navajo, and Pueblo peoples arrived in the afternoon and were welcomed with a standing ovation. Representatives from Tribes from South America brought letters of support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and shared their experiences in their fight against companies seeking to exploit indigenous peoples.
“It is beyond overwhelming to see and experience all of the support that continues to support of our fight against the pipeline,” said Sitting Bull College Visitor’s Center Coordinator Jen Martel. “The world is watching and is saying it is time for us to stand up against corporate greed.”
With the halting of the construction near the Missouri River, Phyllis Young also shared with camp that Army Corps of Engineers Colonel Henderson apologized for allowing the Morton County Sheriff’s Department for not allowing water protectors to go onto sacred land to pray for the disturbance caused by the pipeline. This past Wednesday, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department destroyed a makeshift bridge intended for elders and spiritual leaders to cross the Canteputa Creek and continued to use pepper spray, mace and fired rubber bullets hitting CNN Reporter Erin Schrode continuing to cause chaos and trauma to those committed to non-violent demonstration against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
“We are pursuing legal action against the Army Corps of Engineers in their misinformation to the Morton County Sheriff’s Department,” continued Phyllis Young. “They have continued to ignore our pleas to stop this pipeline and the more we share, the more our truth is revealed.”