Friday, November 25, 2016

US Army Corps Of Engineers Closes Standing Rock Protest Camp -- November 25, 2016


November 27, 2016: in the original post I mentioned that the reservation did not want the camp on reservation property due to "liability" issues. I believe that was correct at one time. Apparently, the reservation is now building a camp on 50 acres south of the Cannonball River on reservation land. A reservation spokesman says the camp will not be ready for at least one month.

November 26, 2016: despite the announcement that the protest camp has been closed, "residents" have said they will not leave. Senators and the governor are demanding that the federal government move in and evict the residents. Obviously there is only one road in, one road out. Preventing fuel, food, etc., from going into the camp and preventing people from returning will eventually close the camp. This is not rocket science. This is rough country; supplies are not going to be brought in over back roads.
Original Post
Link here.
The Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday it will be closing a portion of its property north of the Cannonball River, near where the Dakota Access Pipeline protesting camp is located, and establishing a free speech zone south of the river.
In a letter to the leader of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the USACE announced it will close the portion of corps-managed federal property north of the Cannonball River on Dec. 5, to: "protect the general public from the violent confrontations between protesters and law enforcement officials that have occurred in this area, and to prevent death, illness, or serious injury to inhabitants of encampments due to the harsh North Dakota winter conditions."
It's my understanding the "reservation" does not want the "Protest Camp" on the reservation for "liability" reasons.

Seattle Times article here.

Map of the area prior to the eviction notice. The protest camp is in yellow, "Seven Councils Camp Area."

For the reader who sent me the link:

Goodnight, Irene, Leon Russell

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