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Standing Rock Tribal Council Supports Cannon Ball Residents Asking Protesters to Leave

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Cannon Ball district requesting law enforcement aid in removing protesters

Red Power Media | Jan 21, 2017

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council supports the district of Cannon Ball in asking all Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to leave the area and not set up a winter camp nearby.

According to the Bismarck Tribune, “All the individuals at all the camps in and around Cannon Ball need to leave the district,” residents wrote in a 10-point resolution passed during an executive session of a district meeting Wednesday night. “The building of an alternative site for the camp(s) within the Cannon Ball District is not needed or wanted. If there is to be any kind of a ‘site’ for the commemoration of this historic event that took place with all the tribes, the people of Standing Rock need to vote on where, what and cost before any ‘shanty town is built.'”

The district asked the Standing Rock Tribal Council to assist them in implementing the resolution, and a meeting was scheduled for Friday morning, where the Tribal Council unanimously voted to support the district in asking all protesters to leave and canceling plans for the winter camp.

The resolution, approved by the full council, applies to all of the protest camps in the area: Oceti Sakowin, Rosebud and Sacred Stone.

Cody Two Bears, the Cannon Ball district representative to the tribal council, said the district is requesting federal law enforcement aid in removing protesters and setting up posts blocking those who do not live or work in the district from entering.

The district requests these actions be taken in the next 30 days.

“If there’s concern from our districts, from our members, we have to listen to them and that’s what we’re going to do,” Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II said.

The resolution stemmed from residents’ frustrations over the continued closure of Backwater Bridge on N.D. Highway 1806, which is the primary route to work and hospital services. Repairs and cleaning are needed at the Cannon Ball gym, due to serving as an emergency shelter for protesters. Also, there’s concern over alcohol and drug use in the area believed to be tied to the camps.

“I understand there’s some good people out there and sometimes there’s a little bit of ones that are kinda out of control,” said Two Bears. “I think it’s come to that point now there are a few campers out there that have not been respectful to community, to the wishes of elders and wishes of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe … It’s doing more harm than good.”

Residents believe protest actions that continue to take place on the bridge are jeopardizing the chances of having it reopened.

The residents also contend that many of the strongest advocates have gone home and that part of the fight has been won in the courts.

The majority of those from the camps who spoke said they respected the council’s decision and shook hands with them.

Ed Blackcloud was the lone dissenter to stand up at the meeting to criticize the council’s actions.

“Very few people (at the camp) are the ones who agitate,” he said. “I do not think all these people should be asked to go home when they fought for you guys, they fought for me, fought for my children, fought for your guys’ children … I feel sending these people home is wrong.”

“Why are you guys attacking the bridge? What’s the bridge got to do with DAPL?,” Frank White Bull, the district representative from Kenel, asked in response. “Our people need that bridge … Who are you guys hurting? You’re hurting us because of you’re few bad eggs. So now it comes to us.”

Since the resolution, the move to a new winter camp from the Oceti Sakowin camp has been put on hold, according to Tom Goldtooth, director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, a organization that supports the camps and is helping to coordinate the move.

Sacred Stone camp founder LaDonna Allard does not plan to close down her camp. She said Thursday that she plans to turn it into an “eco-camp to teach people to live on the Earth again” by summer. She contends that her camp will not flood and that most of the problems experienced by residents come from the other camps. She was not present at the council meeting.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has told all protesters camping in flood zones that they need to pack up and move by Jan. 30, when they plan to bring in equipment to pack up waste and materials.

Source: Bismarck Tribune 

Standing Rock Tribal Council Votes for Red Warrior Camp to Leave the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

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Highway 1806 shut down in both directions by hundreds of people protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline

Tribal Council votes 10-0 for Red Warrior Camp to leave

By Red Power Media, Staff | Nov, 19, 2016

Red Warrior Camp, one faction of the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance, has been asked to leave the Standing Rock protests.

APTN News reports, The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council has voted to oust the Red Warrior camp over the tactics it uses in the field.

The Red Warrior Camp, —labelled by the corporate media as militant anti-pipeline protesters— has been controversial at times because of the protest tactics they use which often involve the breaking of laws.

According to Fox News West Dakota, at a Tribal Council meeting on Nov 1, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council voted 10-0 to ask the Red Warrior Camp to leave the protests.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council Vote 10-0.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council Vote 10-0.

The minutes from the council’s meeting were posted online last week.

The former spokesperson for the Red Warrior Camp, Cody Hall, was quoted as saying that elders were worried that some of the camp members’ messages were becoming increasingly violent, and they questioned whether or not they were concerned for the safety of all the protesters opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline.

At the end of October, the elders raised concerns after destructive actions, including vehicles being set ablaze as authorities evicted protesters from the pipeline company’s property.

The burned hulks of heavy trucks sit on Highway 1806 near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Friday, Oct. 28, near the spot where protesters of the Dakota Access pipeline were evicted from private property a day earlier. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

The burned hulks of heavy trucks sit on Highway 1806 near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Friday, Oct. 28, near the spot where protesters of the Dakota Access pipeline were evicted from private property a day earlier. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)

Oct. 31, Hall said he left the camp at the request of his tribe’s elders.

At the time, Frank Archambault, a member of the camp security team at the main Oceti Sakowin Camp where hundreds and sometimes thousands of mostly Native American pipeline opponents have been camping since August, told Forum News Service that tribal elders had asked them to “get a grip” on destructive activity that could overshadow the peaceful and prayerful protest.

“We are not condoning anything like that,” said Archambault, a cousin of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II. “We are trying to get a hold of the radicals and get them dismissed.”

Hall had also condemned the vandalism of Dakota Access construction equipment during protest actions.

According to Mint Press News, Militarized riot police raided two frontline camps on Oct. 27, making 107 arrests as they deployed pepper spray, stun guns, and physical force in response to a crowd of unarmed water protectors who were blocking the path of pipeline construction. The water protectors attempted to keep police and pipeline workers from accessing the construction site by setting fires to barricades, but police were able to eventually remove everyone from the frontline camps and reclaim the land.

Gabriella Scarlett, a water protector from Canada, signals for peace as a fire barricade burns off County Road 134. Behind her, water protectors establish a fire barricade to hold police back from the site of construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Oct. 27, 2016 (Derrick Broze for MintPress)

Gabriella Scarlett, a water protector from Canada, signals for peace as a fire barricade burns off County Road 134. Behind her, water protectors establish a fire barricade to hold police back from the site of construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Oct. 27, 2016 (Derrick Broze for MintPress)

Hall, while saying that he does not speak for the group, believes the Red Warrior Camp is still present at the camp. Also, he insists that the Tribal Council only wanted to remove the specific segment responsible for the agitation, and that he doesn’t think they wanted the entire camp gone.

Not known is whether the Tribal council has contacted the Red Warrior Camp.

So far, the Red Warrior Camp has shown no sign of exiting, staying active on social media and crowdfunding sites. The camp’s official GoFundMe page had raised about $192,000 as of late Tuesday.

On the #NoDAPL Solidarity website, the Red Warrior Camp is termed as “established in partnership with the Sacred Stone Camp to help guide the nonviolent direct action resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline.”

See the minutes from the Tribal Council meeting HERE.