(Derrick Broze) Despite statements from tribal officials asking water protectors to go home, many have chosen to stay behind and brave the cold. Here’s the latest on the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
by Derrick Broze, December 15th 2016
In early December, a blizzard struck North Dakota, blanketing the Oceti Sakowin, Rosebud, and Sacred Stone water protector camps with heavy snow in below freezing temperatures. As the Standing Rock Sioux and allies battled the crippling cold, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) handed the native community a victory by denying the permit for the final construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The USACE said they will conduct an environmental impact assessment and consider possible alternative routes.
The decision came just one day before a planned forced removal of water protectors camped north of Highway 1806 from land that is technically the USACE’s. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple had also issued an executive ordercalling for fines on civilians who brought supplies to the camps and blocking emergency services from entering. The plans for forced removal and blockades were eventually abandoned as the camps swelled to an estimated 10 to 20,000 people during the weekend of December 3rd and 4th. Among the thousands of supporters were veterans who had traveled from around the country to stand in solidarity and defense of the water protectors.
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