Published October 26, 2016
CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA—Thursday, October 27, 2016,more than 140 people, including 16 under the age of 18, were arrested at the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation. With media and live coverage shared by many people at the protests, the events recorded were described as no different than a war zone.
In addition to the arrests, hundreds of people were assaulted in an onslaught by law enforcement. The actions documented included the use of a Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), a sound device illegal in some countries in the world, the use of mace and pepper spray on hundreds of protestors including elders, discharging of firearms towards those on horseback, protester’s reporting broken ribs by police batons, and those in prayer being forcibly removed from a
sweatlodge and violently thrown to the ground and arrested.
In addition to these events, a Dakota Access security guard was spotted at driving more than 80 miles per hour towards one of the barricades. Due to research by journalists the driver was identified earlier of having a rifle case in the back of his vehicle and was spotted heading towards the barricades. Protestors surrounded the security guard and confiscated a fully-loaded AR-15, a high-powered semi-automatic rifle, and Bureau of Indian Affairs police officers arrested and detained the security guard and will face charges.
Reports at #OcetiSakowin Camp include people at the frontline are experiencing internal pain. Medics confirm internal bleeding and is a result of the use of LRAD. The use of LRAD can lead to organ rupture, if fired too closely to the target.
Those arrested and detained are not allowed to post bail. Government officials have stated that they will no longer communicate with those protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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