Published October 27, 2016
Darren Thompson contributed to this report from Standing Rock. Photos by Christopher Francisco
CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA – In a heavy militarized zone, American Indian land protectors faced off near Cannon Ball, North Dakota with police and the national guard on Thursday.
Thursday was a demonstration on how far the North Dakota government will go to protect the interests of the oil company that is constructing the Dakota Access pipeline. Thursday’s actions occurred even after the Obama administration asked the oil company to cease construction until proper consultation can take place.
The law enforcement were attempting to remove the land protectors of land that American Indians is part of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation per the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851. Last month, the private land was sold to the oil company by a rancher.
On Thursday, some 117 land protectors were arrested. American Indian teepees were sprayed painted and destroyed as law enforcement officers laughed in the faces of land protectors. A occupied sweat lodge used for prayer was opened abruptly and then arrested.
Land protectors vowed to return to the front line tomorrow to resist North Dakota’s war against American Indians.
Darren Thompson (Ojibwe/Tohono O’odham) is a Native American flute player and writer from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Reservation in Northern Wisconsin. He contributes to Native Peoples Magazine, Native News Online and Powwows.com. For more information please visit www.darrenthompson.net