Land Protectors at North Dakota State Capitol in Bismarck. State Police “keeping” peace. Now, Governor wants federal assistance to pay for it. Native News Online photo by Shane McSauby
Published September 13, 2016
BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA—North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple has asked the Obama administration for federal aid to help pay for the costs associated with setting up police barricades, sending out State Patrol planes and helicopters and other costs associated with added staff during the Dakota Access pipeline demonstration.
Last Thursday, the governor deployed the North Dakota national guard to assist law enforcement maintain “peace.”
The governor’s office maintains it has cost his state about $1.8 million since the crowds started to swell about four weeks ago when arrests began. American Indians of the #NoDAPL movement have come from all directions in Indian Country. While many of those have come to the encampment at Standing Rock and stayed, many come and go depending on employment and educational commitments. On weekends, the crowds have grown to 5,000 people by some estimates.
In a statement earlier today, Dalrymple said that the intervention by the Obama administration asking the construction company to halt construction near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation has “extended indefinitely the period of time necessary to bring the issue to a resolution.”
North Dakota National Guard at barricades leading to Standing Rock on Friday, September 9, 2016. Native News Online photo by Shane McSauby
The governor talked to White House officials on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, to ask for federal aid. Last week, local North Dakota news outlets reported Dalrymple has left the state with a $1 billion deficit. He will leave office at the end of the year.