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Police from 5 States Escalate Violence, Shoot Horses to Clear 1851 Treaty Camp


“One rider was reportedly hit with up to four rubber bullets his horse was reported to be hit in the legs by live rounds. Another horse was shot and did not survive.”

Photo by Jonathon Klett

Photo by Jonathon Klett

Cannonball, ND – Over 300 police officers in riot gear, 8 ATVs, 5 armored vehicles, 2 helicopters, and numerous military-grade humvees showed up north of the newly formed frontline camp just east of Highway 1806.  The 1851 Treaty Camp was set up this past Sunday directly in the path of the pipeline, on land recently purchased by DAPL.  Today this camp, a reclamation of unceded Dakota territory affirmed as part of the Standing Rock Reservation in the Ft. Laramie Treaty of 1851, was violently cleared.  Both blockades established this past weekend to enable that occupation were also cleared.

In addition to pepper spray and percussion grenades, shotguns were fired into the crowd with less lethal ammunition and a sound cannon was used (see images below).  At least one person was tased and the barbed hook lodged in his face, just outside his eye. Another was hit in the face by a rubber bullet.

A prayer circle of elders, including several women, was interrupted and all were arrested for standing peacefully on the public road.  A tipi was erected in the road and was recklessly dismantled, despite promises from law enforcement that they would merely mark the tipi with a yellow ribbon and ask its owners to retrieve it.  A group of water protectors was also dragged out of a ceremony in a sweat lodge erected in the path of the pipeline, wearing minimal clothing, thrown to the ground, and arrested.

A member of the International Indigenous Youth Council (IIYC) that had her wrist broken during a mass-arrest on October 22nd was hurt again after an officer gripped her visibly injured wrist and twisted it during an attempted arrest. At least six other members of the youth council verified that they had been maced up to five times and were also shot and hit with bean bags. In addition to being assaulted, an altar item and sacred staff was wrenched from the hands of an IIYC member by police. Several other sacred items were reported stolen, including a canupa (sacred tobacco pipe).

Two medics giving aid at front line were hit with batons and thrown off the car they were sitting on. Then police grabbed another medic, who was driving the car, out of the driver side while it was still in motion. Another water protector had to jump into the car to stop it from hitting other people.

Members of the horse nation herded around 100 buffalo from the west and southwest of the Cannonball Ranch onto the the DAPL easement. One rider was reportedly hit with up to four rubber bullets his horse was reported to be hit in the legs by live rounds. Another horse was shot and did not survive.

A confirmed DAPL private security guard was spotted among the protectors with an automatic rifle heading towards camp. Water protectors acted swiftly to stop the man who was attempting to flee the scene in his pickup. One protector stopped the assailant’s vehicle with their own before the security guard fled to nearby waters, weapon in hand. Bureau of Indian Affairs police arrived on scene and apprehended him.

Three water protectors locked themselves to a truck in the middle of the road and surrounded it with large logs.   After several hours of standoff, the police advanced in a sweep line and moved people approximately 1 mile back down the highway towards the main encampment on the Cannonball River.  Water protectors then retreated to the bridge over Highway 1806  and erected a large burning blockade that the police were unable to cross.

Law enforcement from at least five states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Nebraska) were present today through EMAC, the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.  This law was passed by the Bill Clinton administration and allows states to share law enforcement forces during emergencies.  It is intended for natural disasters and has only been used twice for protests; once in the summer of 2015 during the demonstrations in Baltimore and here on the Standing Rock Reservation. Over 100 were arrested today in total.

Kandi Mossett, Indigenous Environmental Network stated, “I went to the frontline in prayer for protection of the Missouri River & found myself in what I can only describe as a war zone. I was sprayed in the face with pepper spray, the guy next to me was shot by something that didn’t break the skin but appeared to have broken the ribs & another guy beside me was randomly snatched violently by police shoving me into the officers who held me off with batons then tried to grab me.  I’m still in shock & keep waiting to wake from what’s surely a nightmare though this is my reality as a native woman in 2016 trying to defend the sacred.”

Ladonna Bravebull Allard of Sacred Stone Camp says, “My people stand for the water, and they attack us. My people stand up for the graves of our people, and they attack us. My people stand up for our sacred places, and they attack us. My people pray, and they stop us, dragging us from our prayer, and throw us in the dirt. I know this is America- this is the history of my people. America has always walked though the blood of my people.

How can we stand in the face of violence? Because I was born to this land, because the roots grow out of my feet, because I love this land and I honor the water. Have we not learned from history? I pray for each of the people who stand up. We can not live like this anymore. It has to stop- my grandchildren have a right to live. The world has a right to live. The water, the life blood of the world? has a right to live. Mni Wiconi, Water of Life. Pray for the water, pray for the people. Stop Dakota Access- killer of the world.”

Eryn Wise of the International Indigenous Youth Council stated, “Today more than half of our youth council were attacked, injured or arrested. In addition to our brothers and sisters being hurt and incarcerated, we saw police steal our sacred staff. I have no words for what happened to any of us today. They are trying to again rewrite our narrative and we simply will not allow it. Our youth are watching and remember the faces of the officers that assaulted them. They pray for them.”

Shotgun into the crowd:


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    • Barbara. That number is only available Monday thru Friday. I just called avid that’s the message I got. Just a little fyi.


  1. What is going on in our country?distyrbts trageic that the almighty dollar takes precedent over the environment and the will of the people. The violence of these police are something else. There is a way to handle situations and its not that way. Its alright if the pipeline is in your back yard, but dont put it in mine! Very disturbing. And to ibjure and kill their horses is compketely our of control. Someone needs to step in here and stop the madness!, No one wants this except big money!!

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  2. In only 500 years, just look at the destruction by settlers here. Native people had lived here for thousands of years prior. I can only imagine what this country will look like 500 years into the future!

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    • Introduced diseases, killing the indigenous people if they dare to protest and stand up to them, robbing indigenous people of their culture and forcing religion on them, lying and ignoring treaties, exploiting natural resources until the land is completely barren, introduced non-native species, killing off native wildlife to dangerous, near-extinction levels, leaving their refuse and garbage behind them. When will it stop? I hope these people take this company to court. And because animals have no voice and are not protected by laws, the violent can always harm them to impose their will upon others. The public also needs to realize that they don’t need oil and gas to the extent we use it, we don’t need gargantuan trucks and SUVs unless it is work-related, not suburban types. We are partly responsible for this because of our never-ending, superficial ‘needs’.

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    • It won’t be here Ida. Out will just be a corporate wasteland. This very easily pollute water from there to Chicago (lake Michigan) and kill all of us. Not to mention mall the domestic and wild life between here and there. Is that what want for our country?

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      • The Susquehanna runs thru NY before it gets to PA – but according to the media (and I guess the gas company) nothing to worry about! How many breaks & leaks before its considered “something to worry about”? \
        What a difference here between these real actual protesters & the men who took over the wildlife refuge in Oregon! The fact they were ACQUITTED when they were armed & damaged the federal refuge and these protesters are NOT armed but look at the police presence!

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      • Apparently – I didnt hit post comment on my first one!!!

        Yes, Geri – I live in NYS & the Susquehanna is one of our rivers! But the “media” is saying that there is nothing to worry about with this spill! Sound familiar? Good thing they cant keep the protest in ND quiet – thanks to all these people who are putting their lives on the line.
        Sure is a different picture from the “protest” at the wildlife refuge in Oregon! These so-called “protesters” were armed & did damage to the refuge but are ACQUITED!
        How can this be?

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  3. This country has become a corporate police state. These police are violating every constitutional right of the people! This country is doomed! This is what corporate America is all about. They are turning this country into a corporate wasteland. They will kill America south their poisons. They are killing America Mike by mile. They are stamping on our rights and we are sitting back just watching in horror. And people wonder why I love animals and hate people.. We’ve turned into a country ignorant louts.. The media has kept this on the dark…her I wonder why.. The media has kept horse slaughter and destruction of wildlife in the dark… Gee I wonder why.. This country is headed for a total corporate destruction. Being turned into a waste land that mother nature cannot fix. We have become a country of sheeple. I’m not going to tell you that we better do something before we lose it..I SUPPORT THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO PROTECT THIS COUNTRY.

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  4. Historically speaking, the American troops killed off hundreds and hundreds of the horses that belonged to the indigenous people of 100-plus years ago in order to “control” them and then they also gave those people small-pox infested blankets which killed many. Wonder when the blankets will be handed out at Standing Rock?

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  5. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chair

    Published on Oct 17, 2016
    A federal appeals court recently rejected a bid by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to permanently halt construction on part of the Dakota Access pipeline, paving the way for the Dakota Access company to resume construction on private lands adjacent to Lake Oahe on the Missouri River. A decision on whether the pipeline can proceed under the river rests with the Army Corps of Engineers. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe argued that construction of the $3.8 billion pipeline is destroying cultural artifacts and sacred sites, including a sacred tribal burial ground that was bulldozed on September 3, Labor Day weekend, when Dakota Access pipeline’s guards unleashed dogs and pepper spray on the Native Americans. Since then, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others have set up a permanent encampment across the street from the bulldozed burial ground. They call it the Sacred Ground Camp and say they’ll continue to fight the Dakota Access pipeline. We are joined by Dave Archambault II, chair of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.


  6. Trump is invested in DAPL. No doubt he despises indigenous peoples due to their competition with his casinos. Here’s a few sources, I’m sure there are many more, including some which indicate Clinton has received more campaign support from O & G sources than Trump. Neither is on record against shooting horses.

    The usually-opinionated Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been notably silent about the recent mass arrests of water protesters in North Dakota, likely because of his many financial ties to the DAPL pipeline. However, a 1993 video of Trump complaining to Congress about tax breaks given to Native American casino operators may provide some context to how Trump feels about Native American rights.

    Trump’s financial disclosure forms show he invested in Energy Transfer Partners, operators of the controversial pipeline, and its CEO donated to his campaign…Donald Trump’s close financial ties to Energy Transfer Partners, operators of the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline, have been laid bare, with the presidential candidate invested in the company and receiving more than $100,000 in campaign contributions from its chief executive.

    Continental Resources—the company founded and led by CEO Harold Hamm, energy adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and potential U.S. Secretary of Energy under a Trump presidency—has announced to investors that oil it obtains via fracking from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale basin is destined for transport through the hotly-contested Dakota Access Pipeline.

    As the battle rages between Native Americans attempting to protect their natural resources and Big Oil profiteers seeking to plow through with the North Dakota Access pipeline, political figures remain silent.

    Obama, Hillary, and Trump have not said a word about the pillaging of land and water, or the fact that attack dogs have been unleashed on protesters just as they were during 1960s civil rights demonstrations.

    While we can chalk up Obama’s and Hillary’s silence to establishment loyalty, Trump has a deeper interest in the 30-inch diameter pipeline connecting the Bakken and Three Forks oil fields to Patoka, Illinois.

    Donald Trump’s energy adviser, Harold Hamm – who could very well be Trump’s pick for Energy Secretary – has big plans to move oil through the North Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL).

    Hamm is the founder and CEO of Continental Resources, which is heavily involved in the fracking boom going on in the Bakken Shale basin.


  7. Meanwhile the Bundys get a way with it; they just acquited for their assault at Malheur National Refuge:

    Moreover, in neither their the Oregon or the earlier Nevada standoff, police brought armored vehicles, riot troopers, sound cannons or tear gas, when these hoodloms should have been gassed the first day papa Bundy refused to pay his grazing bill. Looks like you need to be of the correct race and ideology to get your way with federal goverment and particularly, certain states’ law enforcement.

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    • Daniel, this is a way more complex situation than you briefly described. Bundy evidently did agree to pay his fees, but only to the state, not the federal government, and still hasn’t. This is all tied up in the states’ rights movement. As to race and ideology, the Mormon religion was originally founded outside what was then the western boundary of America, and intended to be a separate civilization. The Mormons relations with our federal government have been far from ideal a lot of the time so it isn’t a valid argument they are getting a pass from the feds on this. The first Bundy standoff did bring in a lot of federal firepower, and they did kill and bury cattle, and shoot his bulls from helicopters, one which was in a pen and no threat to anyone. At Malheur, Lavoy Finicum was for all intents and purposes assassinated but the law enforcement folks who did this remain free of charges.

      While I don’t support the Bundy’s, I also can’t condone a lot of what the government did and has done regarding grazing permits on public lands. The whole situation is a hot mess, and will boil up again hotter now due to the acquittals.


      • With ideology I was not referring to the Mormons, or any other religion, but rather political ideology. Corporatism doesn’t care about faith. It’s about power and entitlement, and the Bundys know what a lot about the latter.

        Try to do something like the guys at Camp 1851 with round up corrals or holding facilities and no doubt they will gas and beat you in no time. And I highly doubt that, should federal lands be turned over state governments or given away to the ones of Bundy, they will be any mercier to horse advocates than they were to the guys at the Camp, or to Finnicum, for that matter.

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      • Daniel, got it. Sorry I misinterpreted your earlier comment. Returning public lands to states would be a fatal mistake to our democracy, in my view. We are still a country not a corporation (for now), despite all evidence to the contrary.

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      • Nothing to be sorry. However please note that corporatism isn’t really related to corporations or companies, business wise. It is another totally different thing:

        «Corporatism, also known as corporativism,[1] is the sociopolitical organization of a society by major interest groups, or corporate groups, such as agricultural, business, ethnic, labour, military, patronage, or scientific affiliations, on the basis of common interests.[2]»


      • Hmm. Daniel, you are quoting Wikipedia (not a credible source for much of anything really) and telling me corporatism “isn’t related to corporations…” but the quote you provided says exactly that:

        «Corporatism, also known as corporativism,[1] is the sociopolitical organization of a society by major interest groups, or CORPORATE groups, such as agricultural, business, ethnic, labour, military, patronage, or scientific affiliations, on the basis of common interests.[2]»

        So a corporate group is different than a corporate group we call a corporation? Here’s another definition to consider:

        corporation |ˌkôrpəˈrāSHən|
        a company or group of people authorized to act as a single entity (legally a person) and recognized as such in law.
        • (also municipal corporation)a group of people elected to govern a city, town, or borough.
        • dated, humorous a paunch.
        ORIGIN late Middle English: from late Latin corporatio(n-), from Latin corporare ‘combine in one body’ (see corporate).

        In my view our society is indeed being dominated by corporations, which in the US now have the legal rights of persons since the passing of Citizens United by the Supreme Court.


      • Hmmm… First, Wikipedia is as credible source for definitions of political or philosophical terms as any other, as long as the content has been audited by the editors, as is the case here, and as evidenced by the bibliography provided there. Anyways, in case you don’t trust Wikipedia, here are several other trustable, realiable links that define what corporatism is and that essentially underpin what

        Answering your question “So a corporate group is different than a corporate group we call a corporation? Here’s another definition to consider”? Yes,

        Corporatism could be broadly defined as the merger of state and private interests groups, which may o may not be companies. For example, a society may be dominated instead by certain ideological or religious groups that are not per se private companies (even if they are actually the expression of economical interests and the social structures that support a social system).

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  8. This is inhumane as hell! They are going to shoot HORSES with real bullets??? All because WE DESERVE CLEAN WATER?? The drilling fracking mining etc. Is KILLING OUR COUNTRY& it’s toxic to our Water😞😞NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR U.S. CITIZENS NATIONWIDE!! Total BULLSHIT to poison and cull U.S. too!💔🇺🇸 SHAME ON THESE LAND BULLY KILLERS!!!

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  9. R.T. – constructive criticism. When I open the post, the typeface is way to light to read comfortably. Not only would I lie to be able to read it, but I would like to post it and give our thousands of readers exposure to your work. In shor, HELP!


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  10. This is a very sad situation. We the people, and I include all nations under God, no longer have any rights! The government wants to take over and own everything and everyone. This is so wrong, killing horses, stealing from the Native Americans, destroying sacred graves. I could go on and on! Where will it all end? God help us all!!

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