Oil pipeline protest turns violent in southern North Dakota

by James MacPherson - Associated Press  |  published on September 5, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. — A protest of a four-state, $3.8 billion oil pipeline turned violent after tribal officials say construction crews destroyed American Indian burial and cultural sites on private land in southern North Dakota.

Morton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Donnell Preskey said four private security guards and two guard dogs were injured after several hundred protesters confronted construction crews Saturday afternoon at the Dakota Access pipeline construction site just outside the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. One of the security officers was taken to a Bismarck hospital for undisclosed injuries. The two guard dogs were taken to a Bismarck veterinary clinic, Preskey said.

Tribe spokesman Steve Sitting Bear said protesters reported that six people had been bitten by security dogs, including a young child. At least 30 people were pepper-sprayed, he said. Preskey said law enforcement authorities had no reports of protesters being injured.

There were no law enforcement personnel at the site when the incident occurred, Preskey said. The crowd dispersed when officers arrived and no one was arrested, she said.

Vicki Granado, a spokeswoman for Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, which is developing the pipeline, said the protesters broke through a fence and “attacked” the workers.

  • Rodney Steward

    We need the oil, but they should have one around the Indian Burial Site, this is like going through your own families grave yard, not right! But no one over the past 500 years has been more mistreated than the true Americans, the Indian, and to this day they live on reservations, given to them by the Gov. that has and still abuses them! And look what we’ve done to the black man, give them everything they want for free and kiss their butts!

    • VanceJ

      They say it was a Indian burial ground. Proof ? just saying so don’t make it true.

      • Rodney Steward

        Why make such a big deal if it wasn’t! All they would have to do is seed a small team in to check it out! My state if a Indian site is hit, all work is stopped till every grave is moved in the work area!

        • VanceJ

          Ever hear of looking for an excuse ? was it marked ? if it was they would not have been going through that area.!!

          • Rodney Steward

            Like I said, it can be cleared up fast, in less than a day!

          • Chief Grey Eagle

            Sorry Vance J., the White-eyes have never worried themselves over the atrocities that they have committed on all of the Native Americans across this entire Continent. Of course you will not find anything in the history books, written by the White-eyes, for the one who controls the printing, control history, whether true or false does not matter to the White-eyes.
            Rev. Dr. Ronald L. “Chief Grey Eagle” Sims

  • James in Texas

    Sad day all around. Working folks being attacked by people who don’t work which is the plan of the current administration! The “new” Plantation plan at work!

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