Published November 30, 2016
BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA — At a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple said the North Dakota law enforcement is not going to stop people from providing supplies to those at the #NODAPL encampments.
The governor held the press conference today to clarify the emergency evacuation executive order he issued on Monday. He likened the evacuation order to ones issued when there are floods that can impact the safety of residents in the flood area.
“There was a misunderstanding on how we are going to use this executive order,” said the governor
He said with the North Dakota winters he does not feel the camps are safe for habitation. He said Bismarck received 18-inches of snow from the storm that began on Monday.
He said people will not be blocked from entering the camp; nor will people be stopped and ticketed for taking supplies to water protectors who are camping.
“It would be a huge mistake from a humanitarian viewpoint to block people from taking in supplies,” said the governor.
This stance was contrary to that of Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier who yesterday said his deputies would stop and fine people $1,000 for taking supplies, such as food, blankets and wood into the camps.
The governor said state officials have never contemplated forcibly removing those at the camp.
He also indicated he has requested a meeting with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe tribal council to discuss how can the state rebuild a working relationship between people of North Dakota and the tribe.