North Dakota National Guard at barricades leading to Standing Rock on Friday, September 9, 2016. Native News Online photo by Shane McSauby
Published November 20, 2016
BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA – The North Dakota National Guard is calling up additional soldiers and airmen to assist law enforcement at the construction site of the Dakota Access pipeline in Morton County.
The additional deployed national guard will increase to 130. Currently, there are some 90 deployed.
North Dakota National Guard
Morton County is facing a deficit because of the increased law enforcement since August when the number of American Indian water protectors increased when thousands of people, from members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, tribes across the nation and First Nations in Canada, to non-Native supporters in the United States and around the world, have stood in solidarity against the pipeline.
The increased national guard members are meant to provide operations that you don’t have to be a licensed law officer to do, according to North Dakota National Guard spokeswoman Major Amber Balken.
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple deployed the North Dakota National Guard September 8, 2016. At that time, the governor said: “The National Guard has been called in to assist state and county police in notifying drivers on Highway 1806 traveling south that there may be pedestrians on the road and cars may be parked on the side of the road. This is intended to keep all drivers and pedestrians safe.”