High Tension Arises at Standing Rock

By: Hope Young

Posted on November 8, 2016 at 10:12am PDT

      Protesters and officers have been at each other’s throats lately at the Lakota Sioux Standing Rock Indian reservation. On October 28th, officers arrested at least 124 protesters. There has been high tension between both protesters and police officers.

      Protesters and police have both been using violent tactics against each other. According to the police, protesters have been using “firebombs, logs, feces, and debris” to fight against their force. Officers have been using “pepper spray, bean bag rounds, and even a high-pitched sound device that is used for dispersing large crowds.”

     Protesters are claiming that the police are using excessive force. They report that officers have been using attack dogs; conducting strip searches, pepper spraying youth, and intimidation.

      Office Iverson shares, “(the tribe) needs to condemn these escalated unlawful activities and call upon protesters to respect the rights of the citizens of Morton County.” Six states are sending law enforcement to help support Morton County police officers. Officer Iverson also states, "We need to protect ourselves. And we need to make sure everybody stays safe.”

     On November 2nd, police disrupted a prayer ceremony and made 21 arrests. Conor Hadley a participant at the prayer ceremony, gave a brief synopsis of what happened during this ceremony: “Today many of our protectors tried to cross the river to pray on top of a hill where Oceti Sakowin ancestors are buried, this place has been desecrated by the police and DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline). The militarized police responded with brutal force, a young man was shot point blank with a rubber bullet and has been coughing up blood, another woman was shot by one of heavily armed officers on a boat”’

     There is a lot of violence surrounding the North Dakota Pipeline. The question is when is the violence going to come to an end? Is it possible to negotiate and come to a fair solution?


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