This comes as the battle over the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline continues to play out both on the ground and between various government agencies. Red Warrior Camp says the Morton County Sheriff’s Department has called in 400 sheriffs deputies from outside North Dakota to police the ongoing resistance. Meanwhile, Sunday’s ruling by a D.C. appeals court permits the Dakota Access pipeline company to resume construction on a 40-mile stretch of private land spanning the Missouri River. However, on Monday, three federal agencies—the Justice Department, the Army and the Interior Department—issued a second joint statement, stating: “The Army will not authorize constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline on Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe. We repeat our request that the pipeline company voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe.” Thousands of Native Americans have vowed to continue to fight the pipeline.
Water protector: “The government had just the 20-mile ban, the injunction, so they lifted it, so now it’s full outright war against the Native people, since the Dakota Access pipeline is going to go full force ahead. They have called in reinforcements from other sheriff’s departments across the U.S. And the camp, the Oceti Sakowin Camp, the Red Warrior Camp and all the other encampments are calling for reinforcements to come, not only get on the front lines, but also help to prepare for winter and winterize the camps.”