North Dakota Governor on Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

Protesters on side of Highway 186. Photo Courtesy of Honor the Earth - Sarah Little Redfeather Kalmanson

Protesters on side of Highway 186. Photo Courtesy of Honor the Earth – Sarah Little Redfeather Kalmanson

Published August 18, 2016

BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA – North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, (R-N.D.) voiced his position on the protests taking place at the Dakota Access pipeline construction site near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

Hundreds of protesters have occupied sides of the roadway of ND Highway 1806, particularly during the daytime, since last Thursday, August 11.

On yesterday, the North Dakota Highway Patrol closed a portion of the highway, limiting access to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Prairie Knights Casino & Resort, which is located north of the construction site on Highway 1806.

The following is a statement he released on Thursday, August 18, 2016:

“Public safety is paramount as we continue to closely monitor protest activities and coordinate our public safety efforts with law enforcement leaders and state agency directors.

Following reports of heavy pedestrian traffic and numerous vehicles parked along ND Highway 1806, we restricted travel six miles south of Mandan to local traffic and emergency response vehicles only. Alternate routes are available for through traffic. Additionally, we established a traffic control point at the intersection of ND Highway 6 and Morton County Road 138A to provide information regarding protest activities along the highway.

While we are concerned about some cases of unlawful activity, we are pleased that no one has been injured and it is our top priority to keep it that way.”

During a press conference today, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II said he will asking for the State Highway Patrol to lift the barricade.

“I understand the reason why the Highway Partol is doing this, but I don’t think it is necessary, It is not fair to those who are trying to get to the casino. I hope that the state recognizes the people coming are not in any danger,” said Archambault.

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